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IZOMBIE #1

Gwen Dylan is a gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery…and a zombie detective. Once a month, she has to eat a human brain – both to keep from going all “Night of the Living Dead,” and to keep her own memories intact. As a result, Gwen’s mind is crowded with the dead person’s thoughts. And lately, she feels compelled to fulfill their final requests. Torn between a mysterious mummy and a dashing young monster-hunter, Gwen is set for adventures beyond imagination! A were-terrier, a swinging ’60s ghost and a pack of paintball blasting vampires complete the cast of I, ZOMBIE.

Written by World Fantasy Award finalist Chris Roberson (CINDERELLA: FROM FABLETOWN WITH LOVE) with art by Eisner Award-winning superstar artist Michael Allred (X-Statix, Madman), I, ZOMBIE is a monster of a tale with razor-sharp prose and powerful pop artistry.

Don’t miss this special debut issue launching Vertigo’s next monster hit, priced at just $1.00!

Written by CHRIS ROBERSON
Art and cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE

Price: $1.00
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  1. Ha! I just fond out my LCS is giving this away for free. Bonus!

  2. I’ve heard good things and there’s a Darwyn cover… most interested.

  3. What a weak cover, but Mike Allred is pretty amazing. For a dollar, I’m totally in. 

  4. @AmirCat…that’s a damn good looking cover.

    Mike Allred is one of the big reasons I started reading again. I also got the chance to meet him and his wife at my LCS.  Just good people.  I’m a fan and will continue to support him.   

  5. Am I the only one who much prefers Darwyn’s New Frontier style over his newer Last Resort-covers style?

    Horribly excited about this comic, and I have no idea why.  I guess I’ve just been itching for some Allred and another Vertigo $1 #1 comic.

  6. Soooooo excited!!!

  7. Mike Allred is my god.

  8. AmirCat has become the varient cover police

  9. I like the regular cover.

  10. Vertigo’s $1 first issue thing is genius. I try out everyone one of their new series because… why not? (Seriously, why would anyone not check out a potentially great new series for one dollar?) On the other hand, I genuinely don’t understand Marvel’s recent trend of oversizing and overpricing the first issues of many of their series. $4 is pretty steep to try a new series that I may or may not like.

  11. Darwyn cover is baaaaaaaadass.

  12. @edward – let me see your paperwork

  13. I so want the Cooke cover!

    @Slockhart: I prefer Darwyn’s NF style as well.

  14. My shop ran out of Hellboy, so I picked this up.  I have high hopes.

  15. just finished this. It was real interesting….I will definitely be picking up the next issue

  16. For a first issue, this was a good read. Got mine signed by Roberson at Austin Books and Comics a few hours ago. To Gary – You are what you eat. I’ll pick up the next few issues. It was entertaining. I loved the art. Plus the writer was a nice guy. First issues, with new characters, always seem a little awkward to me. This was better than most.

  17. Definitely checking this out beyond this issue. Picked it up on a whim. Great art. Great story. 4/5 for me. Oh… is it just me but doesn’t  Ellie look based off of Elizabeth Montgomery or Barbara Eden? And one thing working against the book is Gwen looking like a recolored version of Dead Girl from X-Force/X-Statix, but that’s a minor thing.

  18. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Exceptionally pretty. The dialogue was a bit thin though and the script seemed to run out of room near the end there. If the art weren’t so gorgeous, I’d probably drop it for now and wait and see on word of mouth before grabbing the trade. But I’m going to try another issue or two. 3/5 for me. 

  19. I thought this was just okay.  It tried too hard to be hip I found.  I still may pick up the first trade when it comes out, as for $10 it’s worth seeing if things get better, but as a first issue, it didn’t wow me as much as say The Unwritten did.

  20. Hmmm, this was mostly disappointing.  I’ll grab the next issue before I make my decision.  I figure it’ll be like 2 $2 comics at that point.

  21. @Slockhart I’m doing the same. I figure what’s in store next issue (from what I can tell) will be more in line with how the series will work. I’ll give that a shot before I make my call.

  22. I wasn’t terribly impressed. Mostly bored while reading it, and I can definetly do without another zombie/vampire book in my life.

    Looked pretty though.

  23. lol this was rubbish. couldn’t wait for it to be over.

  24. I liked it 3/5 story, 4/5 art. This might be one of the books where the first issue doesn’t wow you, but th e successive ones start to get you into it more. I will buy the next one too.

  25. Not impressed. The end of the book should have probably been the beginning. Nothing happened in this book. We find out she eats brains, and then gets the memories of the person’s brain, but so what? The book should have gone into her trying to solve the guy’s murder. I doubt I will pick up issue 2. This, for the most part, was a fail like Greek Street.

  26. Looking forward to this, but even more importantly my LCS gave me the Darwyn variant!!  WOO HOO!

  27. is it a valid critism to say something is too hip? because that’s what this way, hipness with no substance.

    if allred toke his awesome awesome art and did a drama graphic novel of some actual normal people it would be fantastic. take the hipster doofus sensiblity and do something like High Fidelity.   Make the hipster part of the character. not just a ever present ignored/unexplained element.

     

    and it’s painfully obvious this is a buffy rip-off. totally, totally obvious.  it’s been 7 years comic creators and community. it’s time to let buffy thing pass

  28. The idea of a character eating a piece of someone and getting their memories is being a bit played out in comics at the moment.

     Fantastic art though.

  29. The Cover is quite nice and its refreshing to see someone grow a pair and create a comic book cover that doesn’t look like a generic comic book cover. The Cooke variant is nice….but i wish he went back to his own style and less of that Shag style. 

    Really thought the interior art was pretty yucky and that just killed it for me.  

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