I know that I'm late to this party. But man, oh man, did I enjoy this opening issue of I, Zombie. Excellent intro, beautiful art, and a cool premise that makes me look forward to issue 2. It doesn't get any better than this. What I like about this book in particular is that it blends the horror, comedy, and mystery genres so seamlessly. The book pulls this off in two ways. First, it has clean art that is reminiscent of 1950s illustrations, giving it a campy, retro feel that is perfect for a tongue-firmly-in-cheek zombie book. Second, the story is told through the voice of one character, the Zombie girl. With this tight, well-defined narrative voice, the book is able to introduce a fairly large cast of characters and jump logically from horror to humor without overwhelming or confusing the reader.
By coincidence, I read both I, Zombie and Turf within a day of each other. These are very similar books in many ways, and yet I, Zombie is such a superior product. Both are number 1 issues. Both are genre-bending books that mix elements of crime and horror. Both are produced by very talented teams of creators. But I, Zombie is so much more successful than Turf. Where I, Zombie has one voice, Turf has multiple narrators. Where I, Zombie has perfectly campy art, Turf has dark, realistic illustrations that are at times hard to follow. Where I, Zombie relies on clear storytelling to introduce a huge cast, Turf is bogged down by text heavy panels.
I, Zombie is, in other words, masterful.
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