One of the things I’ve grown to appreciate about “iZombie” is that more often than not, the book moves at its own, slightly lackadaisical pace. Characters wander forward, plots slow down, but it’s still enjoyable thanks to the way that Chris Roberson and Michael Allred bring the characters to life (or unlife, as the case may be).
It’s with that in mind, though, that I found myself more than a little surprised with the latest issue, when most of the characters and plots began to converge. If nothing else, the unexpected shift makes the progression that much more interesting; what felt like a so-so plot point of Spot trapped in underground caverns surrounded by non-Gwen-zombies is now something bigger and important.
It helps that with each character getting closer to meeting up with the others, Roberson gives us a nice little character sketch to remind us just who they are and what they’re about. Even Spot’s grandfather the chimp gets a moment, and it’s nice to see that he hasn’t been forgotten. Then again, this is a comic where one of the main characters is playing skee-ball when getting the news about the caverns, so saying that there’s a bit of whimsy in “iZombie” is probably an understatement.
Allred, as always, makes “iZombie” look great. From the look of distaste over the smells from Gwen, to Gramps pulling up on a fedora and trenchcoat, every scene looks perfect. Just look at the panel with Amon bowling the skee-ball; his pose is perfect and doesn’t feel stiff or posed, but instead like he’s actually just pitched the ball at the reader. And as Ellie floats around behind him, she looks cute and innocent while still reminding you of her unearthly nature. Allred puts a great deal of thought into each page, and we’re the lucky winners as a result.
I’m still not entirely certain what’s going on in the “Dead Presidents” back-up (although it looks like it, too, might be converging with the main storyline shortly), but when you draw characters as nifty looking as Allred, it’s hard to find yourself worrying too much. “iZombie,” as always, is a real treat to read.