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I, Zombie #12

March 5, 2011

Title: Next of Kin

Writer: Chris Roberson
Michael Allred
Laura Allred
Todd Klein
Michael Allred
Shelly Bond
DC Comics/Vertigo

Gwen’s latest snack has really been plaguing her. The brains she has to eat to maintain cohesion give her bits and pieces of the memories of the dead, with a compulsion to fix their unfinished business… but with her own memories scrambled since she became a zombie, Gwen didn’t realize at first that the daughter the woman in her head is bemoaning was once Gwen’s childhood friend.

Chris Roberson created a very unique, unusual status quo for the zombie character in this book, something I’ve never seen anywhere else in any form. It’s a really cool idea, something that makes you invest in this character a lot more than you would some standard, ordinary zombie. It also opens up the stories to a lot of different pathways that you never see with the typical Romero zombie, or any of the permutations that have spun out of him. The different tiers of the dead and undead in this world also makes it unique, and we see even more of that this month. Ellie the ghost starts learning some new tricks from Amon the mummy, the town’s vampires start making moves for a feast of their own, and Gwen gets a hell of a shock on the last page.

Michael Allred is one of the real greats of comic book art. His work is beautiful, evocative, full of energy and often very funny. His stuff doesn’t look like anyone else’s, and that helps the very unique story when it comes to giving this comic book its identity. What this all boils down to is this: I love I, Zombie, and I’m really excited to see where the story goes next.

Rating: 9/10

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