Years following its run on Nickelodeon, cult-favorite animated series “Invader Zim” is back — as an ongoing comic book series from Oni Press, set to debut in July. A comic book continuance feels like a natural fit, as “Invader Zim” creator Jhonen Vasquez first caught widespread attention in the mid-’90s with the seven-issue Slave Labor Graphics series “Johnny the Little Homicidal Maniac.”
“I’m always confused when people say how much they miss ‘Invader Zim’ because the show never stopped running in my head, and then I remember everyone else isn’t in my head,” Vasquez is quoted in Oni’s press release announcing the series. “I try to imagine the world for all those people who don’t know what Zim’s been up to since the show went off the air and it makes me shudder. How can people live that way? Hopefully this comic helps make the world a better place.”
No set creative team has been announced for the series, but show veterans , Aaron Alexovich, Eric Trueheart and Rikki Simons are all named to be involved, along with Vasquez. The comedic sci-fi series starred a would-be alien conqueror named Zim posing as a human boy, and ran from 2001 to 2006, with two seasons produced.
Oni’s “Invader Zim” #1, produced in collaboration with both Vasquez and Nickelodeon, is scheduled for release on July 1.