GLX reviews I, Zombie #4.
Writer - Chris Roberson
Artist - Mike Allred
Colorist - Laura Allred
With this issue, Chris Roberson reveals the origins of how various creatures exist and it's fucking awesome. Through Amon, he reveals that people have two souls; the oversoul (the conscious mind that's located within the brain) and the undersoul (the unconscious mind that's in the heart). On rare occassions, these souls are left behind. I'll use ghosts and zombies as examples. A ghost is an example of a bodiless oversoul. A zombie is an example of an undersoul, within rotting flesh, that feasts on brains (home of the oversouls). It's well thought out, original and simply brilliant. Of course, that's not the only area in which Roberson shines as a writer.
His character work is solid. From Gwen's talk with Amon to the wereterrier's time with one of his roommates, everything just clicks. Roberson's handling of the fight between the agents of Corporis Fossorii and Claire was handled well.
Mike and Laura Allred continue to bring their A game, to this series. I've been a fan of their retro-influenced work and this issue is a good example of why I dig it. All of the characters look great thanks to Mike's tight line work and Laura's colors. Mike used some interesting layout choices that simply worked. Hell, he made Amon's explanation more intriguing simply with his layouts.
I, Zombie #4 is a great example of a writer and an artist that are on the same page. The Allred's have been a delight since the first issue, but Roberson has grown throughout the series. With this issue, he shows that he has a good grasp on his characters and the world that they inhabit well. For those that might have dropped I, Zombie after the last issue - pick this up. It's a big payoff to loyal readers. I'm hoping that Roberson has more tricks up his sleeve, for the rest of the series.
8* out of 10*
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About the Author - GLX
For years, GLX has been writing on-and-off for The Outhousers covering comics, video games and comics - among other things. He currently resides in The South. Yes, that's capitalized, and, no, that doesn't mean it's a place full of sunshine and butterflies.
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