Saturday, August 27, 2016

iZombie, Vol 1: Dead to the World by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred

iZombie, Vol 1: Dead to the World
by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred [Hoopla Digital Service] 

Before I read this I had started watching season one of iZombie, realized it was based on comics and was curious how different they were. Turns out they are really rather different, but I liked both. For starters the main character’s name is different. In the TV show it’s Liv, and in the book it’s Gwen. The book starts after she’d died, whereas in the TV show we see her a bit before she dies and how she becomes a zombie, so we know less in this about who she was before. It is clear thought that she is no longer in contact with the people she knew before death and zombiehood. She lives incognito working as a grave digger and gets brains to eat that way. Like in the TV show, she needs to eat brains but when she does gets flash backs of the deceased person’s life and memories. Unlike the show she does not take on their personality and skills too. She has some friends including a ghost and a wereterrier; although we also meet vampires and a mummy. I used to watch the Munsters on TV and this kind of reminded me of it in that there are a group of ‘monsters’ who aren’t villains or really too scary, just trying to live a normal life in a world where they aren’t normal. The TV version of iZombie does portray this, but it definitely has much more action, thrills, and fear that someone may find out the truth about the main character and the repercussions that could come from it. I would recommend this to people who enjoy the TV series or fantasy fiction set in the modern day.

This is available as an instant (no waiting on hold) download from a resource called Hoopla. You can download it on your phone or tablet via the Hoopla app, or read it in your browser on a computer. I always read it on a computer which lets you zoom in on each panel to read the text better or be zoomed out so you can see the whole page at once. There is a Hoopla link on our website and you can now search Hoopla titles directly from the normal catalog and it gives you a link to download them from there, which is pretty cool.

[If you like this item, you might like these too – You might also like the Witchblade, Hellboy, or Ghost graphic novel series (also available on Hoopla).]

[ official Chris Roberson web site ]

Recommended by Kristen A.
Gere Branch Library

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