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iZombie #21 - Mix It Up, Part 1 Review

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Life is changing for Gwen, our lovable zombie. Her whole world is changing after the zombie outbreak and discovery by the 'Dead Presidents.' Chris Roberson is joined by guest artist J. Bone.

Life was simple for the star of I, ZOMBIE but everything has been turned upside down. Can Gwen survive and will she be forced to work in Washington, D.C.?

The Good

Chris Roberson and Mike Allred have created a wonderful world full of zombies, ghosts, were-terriers and other 'monsters.' Being discovered by others has completely changed the status quo for Gwen and I applaud the bold decision to take things in a new direction. There are so many great and colorful characters that you can't help but get pulled into the world. We've been seeing more and more focus on the different characters and the series is continuing to blossom month after month.

Mike Allred took a break on this issue (but still does the cover) and the guest artist is J. Bone. If Allred can't do an issue for whatever reason, J. Bone would definitely be my first choice as a guest artist. His art has a unique style and fits in well with the feel that Allred's art has established. Laura Allred still provides the colors here and, as usual, they are so richly vibrant. Laura's colors are always add a great feel to the art.

With the new direction the story is taking, there is clearly an "anything goes" feel. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like the changes but they add to the suspense and there's a nice cliffhanger at the end.

The Bad

No Mike Allred. The art and quality has been consistent with Roberson and Allred. I understand everyone deserves a break once in a while. I just dig his art so much that I can't be a little bummed not to see it. J. Bone does a great job with his interpretation of the characters. There were a couple times characters like Clarice or Gwen appeared as if their heads were a little too round. But I do like his style but Allred has a special place in my heart.

The Verdict

I, ZOMBIE has gone through some changes. Often we'll see comic series stay comfortable in their safety zone but after the previous arc, Roberson and Allred have moved the characters out of that comfort zone and we're seeing the story and characters progress in ways you don't normally see. Allred is absent in this issue but J. Bone does a great job filling in. I, ZOMBIE is full of interesting characters and we're seeing more and more development with them. Reading about "monsters" has never been so much fun.

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Posted by Billy Batson

a Vertigo comic was reviewed? :o
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Posted by G-Man

@Billy Batson: I've reviewed I, Zombie before. American Vampire has been reviewed often. A spotlight was done on Joe the Barbarian. Demer's has reviewed some. I've done Fables, Sara's done Xombi, etc. Guess you've missed them?

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Posted by Billy Batson

@G-Man:

Actually I've seen them but besides American Vampire most of the Vertigo comics haven't been reviewed often. When's the last time you reviewed Fables? Has a staff member ever reviewed the flagship title, Hellblazer?
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Posted by aztek_the_lost

@Billy Batson said:

Actually I've seen them but besides American Vampire most of the Vertigo comics haven't been reviewed often. When's the last time you reviewed Fables? Has a staff member ever reviewed the flagship title, Hellblazer?

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does it make sense to review something that nobody's reading? if they jump in at a bad point then their review by extension unfairly will make the series look bad

@G-Man: I haven't picked up my comics yet this week so I don't know what the interiors looks like but I knew you were going to mention the Allred/J. Bone thing in your bad section so I have to ask...what did you think of that Gilbert Hernandez issue from last year? Preferable to this one or not?

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Posted by Billy Batson

@aztek_the_lost:

It's not like I, Zombie is reviewed regularly. Then again is it more popular than Hellblazer? The Staff could review the trades. Starting from Scab. They've reviewed in the old issues in the pass, haven't they?
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Posted by aztek_the_lost

@Billy Batson: What I'm saying is that they review comics they are reading, it's not like they review everything they read but it's a well-known fact that G-Man follows iZombie and American Vampire on a month-to-month basis (he is a big Snyder/Allred fan after all) so when he can he'll put up a review of one of them just so people don't forget about the series. In that same way, Matt Demers was the best choice to review DMZ because he was following it but it's not always that good to review a comic that you are just unwittingly jumping into (unless it's a #1 or an issue that is specifically advertised/designed as a jump-on-point). For example, Babs once reviewed The Unwritten #7 when she was trying to review stuff that hadn't been reviewed before and while her reaction was genuine and understandable, the fact is she enjoyed the issue less because it was her first one of the series so people who aren't reading it are less likely to be converted.

When they review old comics, it tends to be actual old comics, reviewing something from 2009-2011 probably isn't there style and there's many comics they are missing out on so it seems unlikely they'd choose Hellblazer. Plus, I doubt they have time considering they read more comics a week then most of us I'm sure (or at least new ones).

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Posted by jakob187

Tony, am I a bad person for having stopped my comic buying? I miss I, Zombie. = (

Then again, I quit reading when that first issue had hit that Allred didn't do the art on. That one issue left a bit of a rancid taste in my mouth.