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Comic Newbies Unite: Invader Zim #1

Invader Zim comic 1st issue

Already on the sixth issue, slowly getting closer to being wrapped up, Invader Zim was certainly a pleasant surprise for the Irken fans who received the news that the popular show was being turned into a comic book by Oni Press in early 2015.

Cancelled after the second season, the original animated series was created by Jhonen Vasquez for Nickelodeon, promising a highly imaginative, adventurous and lunatic story centering around Zim, an ET living on planet Irk whose sole purpose in life is to triumph over Earth and subjugate mankind with his droid and best bud, GIR.

Invader Zim comic 1st issue

Whether readers of the comic are veterans or just getting started on the whole Invader Zim thingy, the first issue introduces Recap Kid, who’s ‘practically an Invader Zim expert’. Getting to follow the spasmodic storytelling of the ADHD dude we find out the following:
– Zim got ostracized by his peers, the Irkens and got sent to Earth (referred to as ‘a part of space nobody cares about’)
– He doesn’t seem to take it for a practical jokes and treats matters sternly
– Zim, accompanied by his buddie, GIR starts a meticulous study of planet Earth and its inhabitants
– Zim disguises himself as a boy while being on Earth and goes to school, where he meets his archenemy, Dib
– The second character to utterly despise and hate Zim is Dib’s sister
– Zim sucks at being an Invader (apparently so bad that Recap Kid gets a laughing fit)

Providing continuance, the resurrected nonpareil of Invader Zim almost seems to provide a third season, bringing forth the same cartoonish feel, dark humor and weirdness only Vasquez could possibly make. The creator of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac was more than excited to continue the story, adding for IGN:

“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 said in Oni’s press release. “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.”

Invader Zim comic 1st issue

Picking up the story a couple of years after the end of the second season of the animated series, Dib (Zim’s nemesis) spent most of his time getting fat and smelly, so fact that he actually was impaired from striking Zim once they had a rendezvous. Needing to get back in shape ASAP, Dib has to reconsider his diet and plan some serious ways to get back at his long-time enemy.

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