Friday, April 5, 2019

It's Graphic Time: iZombie, Vol. 2: uVampire by Chris Roberson

iZombie, Vol. 2: uVampire
Title: iZombie Vol 2: uVampire

Author:  Chris Roberson
Publisher: Vertigo 
Publishing Date:  September 13th, 2011
Pages: 168
Genre: Horror Graphic Novel 
Series:  iZombie #2 (issues 6-10)
Source:  Graphic Novel Paperback

Told from a female zombie’s perspective, this smart, witty detective series mixes urban fantasy and romantic dramedy.Gwendolyn “Gwen” Dylan is a 20-something gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery. Once a month she must eat a human brain to keep from losing her memories, but in the process she becomes consumed with the thoughts and personality of the dead person – until she eats her next brain. She sets out to fulfill the dead person’s last request, solve a crime or right a wrong.

In uVAMPIRE, Gwen dines on the grey matter of a person who knew her as a child – and things quickly get complicated. Meanwhile, ghost-girl Ellie learns a few tricks from Amon the mummy; Spot the were-terrier goes to the comics shop and meets someone from Gwen’s past, the mad scientist Galatea engages in a bit of grave-robbing; and the monster-hunters tackle the town’s vampire problem once and for all.

I think I enjoyed this book even more than the 1st book. This volume went deeper into the story of the vampires and the monster hunters and the Amon's story. Not only did the ongoing stories have more but the main character's back stories were started.  It was just a really great installment with of course beautiful artwork. 

So in this volume many things are going on... The vampires are being hunted, Gwen is dating a monster hunter, Ellie is figuring out her past so maybe she can go to some new places. We also get to see a bit of Gwen's past, Spot's past and current life, and more of Amon. Lot's of stuff going on. 

I am really enjoyed this series. I have always liked the television show and I was so excited to start this series. I really enjoyed the first book but I think this volume was even more. I loved all the back stories and I really enjoyed Spots story. We did get to see his past on how he became a were, his early years into adult life, his family, and his current life. 

I really felt I was able to get more of who the characters are and what they need in their lives... or want in their lives. I felt I was able to connect more. I really do love them all but really Spot is my favorite. 

There are many stories going on and I was able to see how they are going to all come together to make a big story. There was lots of action and trouble and even some romance. Although the romance is questionable since the love interest is a monster hunter and Gwen is a zombie. Not sure how this will work out int he end. I hope well... I'm not yet feeling the romance though.. need more to see how I really feel about it. 

I really did enjoy this installment and can't wait to read the next. 

Loved it so much! 

Author: Chris Roberson is the co-creator with artist Michael Allred of iZombie, the basis of the hit CW television series, and the writer of several New York Times best-selling Cinderella miniseries set in the world of Bill Willingham’s Fables. He is also the co-creator of Edison Rex with artist Dennis Culver, and the co-writer of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D, Witchfinder, Rise of the Black Flame, and other titles set in the world of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy. In addition to his numerous comics projects, Roberson has written more than a dozen novels and three dozen short stories, and has been a finalist for the World Fantasy Award four times; twice a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer; three times a finalist for the Eisner Awards; and has won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History in both the Short Form and Novel categories. He lives with a teenager, two cats, and far too many books in Portland, Oregon.

Mike Allred

Illistrator: Michael 'Doc' Allred (Also Credited as M. Dalton Allred) grew up in the 60's and 70's and was surrounded with the best in pop culture and a steady diet of music, movies and comic books including the three B's: Beatles, Bond and Batman to the point of obsession.So it should come as no surprise that he keeps a hand in film and music (He's the lead singer and guitarist for The Gear), but comic books have always been a seminal source of joy for Mike and that joy remains the main ingredient in most of his work.

Allred first tasted success in the comics field with his wildly popular MADMAN series, which is currently being developed for a live action film with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. His earlier work from GRAFIK MUZIK was turned into the cult hit movie G-Men from Hell directed by Christopher Coppola (featuring Robert Goulet as the Devil). Other work includes Red Rocket 7, his history of Rock and Roll told in the context of a sci-fi adventure storyl the Madman spin-off THE ATOMICS and his magnum opus, THE GOLDEN PLATES, where he's illustrating the entire Book of Mormon.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds great! I love graphic novels but haven't checked this series out. Thanks for sharing!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian


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