Invader Zim #1

ZIM and his filthy evil ways have been gone for what feels like years. But Dib KNOWS the alien menace will rear his head again, and he won’t leave the house, or his 900 security monitors, until it happens. And it WILL happen. Oh, it WILL.

An unfortunate reality of the world we live in is that Invader Zim will most likely never return to television. It was simply too weird and disturbing for mass syndication, and the two seasons we received are all that we have to remember…until now. Zim is back and it feels so good! This new Invader Zim comic feels like an appropriate continuation of the cult favorite television series. Written by Jhonen Vasquez, the original Invader Zim mastermind, this book bleeds with the same creepy humor and disgusting atmosphere that hardcore Zim fans are accustomed to.

Zim was gone for many years (he claims to have been sitting inside of his toilet the entire time), but he’s back and (probably) has nefarious plans for the Earth’s subjugation up his sleeve. His conspiracy obsessed neighbor Dib has been waiting for Zim to make a move, and now the time has come for Dib to step out of his crusty bedroom and once again attempt to defend the Earth. Invader Zim is pretty funny, Zim’s robot assistant GIR provides much of the comedic relief. GIR claims to have “eaten a baby” at a hotdog restaurant and is generally just as self destructive and absent minded as he was in the TV show. I found myself laughing at this book with the same frequency I used to laugh at the television series, which is an impressive feat.

Visually, Invader Zim feels right at home. The pages look like long lost storyboards, conveying a grotesque world that represents the absolute worst of what mankind has to offer. Dib’s initial reemergence from solitude is particularly disgusting, the child is caked in a layer of filth typically reserved for toilets at music festivals. I felt like I had to take a shower after reading this book, which is the same feeling the TV show used to give me. This is good! If you loved Invader Zim back when it aired on Nickelodeon in the olden days, you should read this comic. And if you have no idea what a “Zim” is, you should still read this comic.

Invader Zim is published by Oni Press. Look at their website with your eyes or invade their Facebook page and give it an Earth like. Purchase it on Kindle at Amazon.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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