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Comic review: iZombie No. 1

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iZombie No. 1

Published by Vertigo (DC). Written By Chris Roberson. Art by Michael Allred.

Regular readers of this column (all four of you!) might remember that I called the new Vertigo comic series iZombie a title to check out in 2010. That recommendation, of course, was based on the general premise of the book (a zombie detective who must eat a human brain once a month to keep from acting like a zombie, but then feels compelled to fulfill the dead person's final requests) and not really from the actual execution. Well, I'm happy to say that this is one comic that's lived up to my hype.

The story, by writer Chris Roberson, gets started fast, quickly taking us on a tour of series star Gwen Dylan's bizarre world. We meet her crazy supporting cast, see where she works, get introduced to some potential foes and then we're thrown headfirst into one of her cases; it's really a perfect first issue. And the tale is fueled by some of the freshest, funniest dialogue I've read in a long time. When describing the taste of brains, for example, Roberson writes: "Combine the two most horrible tastes you can imagine -- like motor oil and someone else's vomit -- and you won't even come close to this level of nasty." Funny stuff.

On top of the great writing, you've got stellar art by industry titan Michael Allred -- who's really turned in some of the best stuff of his career. And his signature ultra-lean, "mod" style is perfectly suited for the kitschy vibe that runs through iZombie.

I can't really say anything bad about this comic's first edition; hopefully, the quality stays high through the series. In the meantime, I'd suggest you grab a copy.

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