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iZombie: Dead to the World - Comic Book Review

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by TheOnlyFiona (subscribe)
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Published June 7th 2015
This could be a zombie superhero origin story
This is the origin comic for the breakthrough zombie show of the year. I had watched the TV show before reading the comic and they are very different. The TV show is more a situational comedy while the comic is more a superhero comic. Besides from the functional, pale zombie who gets flashbacks from ingesting brains of the deceased, the plotlines couldn't be more diverse.

iZombie dead to the world comic
Comic cover from

The Dead to the World volumne comprises the first 5 issues. From the start, the strongly story orientated comic introduces a plethora of supernatural beings. I initially hated this as it seems like every supernatually themed book/TV show has to have token ghosts, vampires, werewolves etc. Most fail with this gimmick and end up just silly. However izombie uses this as a vehicle to explain its mythology.

The explaination of souls is detailed. Each human is theorised to have two souls: an oversoul and undersoul. The oversoul is made up of the personality, thoughts and memories of the conscious mind. In contrast, the undersoul contains the animal drives of hunger, fear and emotions. The comic proceeds to establish how these parts of the soul of lack of, can produce every supernatural being presented. I really liked this and hope the other supernatural beings (zombies are the star) are utilised well in later arcs.

izombie issue 3
iZombie issue 3 cover also from the Vertigo website. Features a ghost, zombie (Gwen) and vampire.

Although not CSI style flashbacks like in the show, the zombie flashbacks are gold. The main character, Gwen, doesn't remember how she became a zombie. She must eat brains once a month in order to stay functional. Gwen achieves this through working as a gravedigger. The only physical indication we get that she is a zombie is that she becomes partially zombified (isibly decaying) whenever she has a flashback from the deceased's life.

Gwen's brain becomes loaded with the deceased's thoughts and feelings as well. The flashbacks can show murder and other grisly details. Gwen is almost hijacked by them and she has to investigate. It's interesting how she doesn't feel the same need to investigate her own death. However this may be explored in later chapters, as the setup of her as a crime fighter is similar to that of a superhero origin story.

Although vastly different from the TV show, the comic presents a uniquely different type of zombie. The comic needs to be read from the start otherwise it will confuse you. Both stories overlap in the same universe yet seem different enough that together they could be a zombie sub-genre. Even though I do prefer the show, I hope more of the comic will influence it.
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