Dec 12, 2018

COMIC BOOK Review--iZombie: Six Feet Under and Rising by Chris Roberson & Michael Allred

The continuing adventures of the undead detective Gwen and her ghost pal Ellie and were-terrier Spot, written by World Fantasy Award finalist Chris Roberson! This collection features the "real-time" storyline "5 Brains, 5 Months," which follows the team as they uncover mystery after mystery over the course of a five-month period.

I'm thinking that description up there is a bit misleading, yes the details are right in theory for iZombie: Six Feet Under and Rising by Chris Roberson and illustrated by Michael Allred, but I still don't feel like Gwen is really "detective" material. Yes, she finds herself caught up in thick plots and tries to help the spirits attached to the brains she's been eating finish their unfinished business so they can move on, but she's not like Liv from the TV show! 

In this set of comics we have Amon pressing Gwen more and more to kill innocents to be the "better" zombie or whatever and we learn of a new supernatural group known as the Dead Presidents. They are a bit mysterious themselves and clearly aren't human, but they vary in their supernatural-ness.

Gwen starts eating more than one brain a month in order to keep her human memories but there are still some things she can't remember. Then we have more mystery surrounding Gwen's brother, Gavin. Then a shocking reveal over Gwen's life as a human and how it connects to her current status as a zombie. Then there's Scott going through some self-realization changes, which I kind of saw coming at some point, but it will be a matter of seeing how things play out in the last set of comics.

Through all of these issues we get another look at the bizarre groups that are running about the country; the monster hunters, the monster monster hunters, and the other bizarre people who are plotting something diabolical that I still can't really understand! All in all, a bunch of weirdness that just doesn't provide answers and since comics are so much shorter, it makes you wonder if answers are coming or not! Time will tell I guess!

I like that we get to see so many different characters' points of view, but it does get a bit confusing in the long run because you can't really see how their stories will eventually connect. I see the lines connecting some of them, but there are still a few things that I am not quite understanding. Perhaps it's because I am looking for a deeper answer than the simple one and it really just may be the simple answer.

Yet there was quite the jaw-dropping reveal at the end of one of the last comics that I am really looking forward to see its eventual outcome! Can't believe how quickly these comics read because I've only the one volume left and then that's it! End of series!

Binge reading the series is definitely the way to go. I'm already regretting starting my other beloved comic because I still have a single issue left to that one and then I decided to wait for the compilations of the rest, however many that may be! 

Overall Rating 4/5 stars

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