Cover page of #1
|Number of issues||28|
|Main character(s)||Gwen, Ellie, Scott|
|Creator(s)||Roberson & Allred|
|Dead to the World||ISBN 1-4012-2965-4|
|Six Feet Under & Rising||ISBN 1-4012-3370-8|
iZOMBIE is a comic book series created by writer Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, published by DC Comics's Vertigo imprint beginning in 2010. The series deals with Gwendolyn Price, a revenant gravedigger in Eugene, Oregon and her friends Ellie, a 1960s ghost, and Scott, a wereterrier. iZOMBIE was nominated for the 2011 Eisner Award for Best New Series.
Gwen can pass for a regular girl, but she needs to eat a brain once a month to keep from losing her memories and intelligence. As a gravedigger she has plenty of access to recently deceased people; when she consumes their brains she "inherits" part of the deceased's thoughts.
The "monsters" in iZOMBIE are explained via the concepts of over- and undersoul. The oversoul (as in Ralph Waldo Emerson's The Oversoul) is "seated in the brain, contains the thoughts, memories, and personality", while the undersoul (as in Michael McClure's poem Dark Brown) is "seated in the heart, contains the appetites, emotions and fears". Ghosts are thus bodiless oversouls; poltergeists, bodiless undersouls; vampires bodies without undersouls (thirsting for emotions); and zombies, bodies without oversouls. Revenants, like Gwen, are unique in that they possess both oversouls and undersouls. Souls can also "infect" the living, which accounts for the possessed and werewolves and the like.
The characters of iZombie first appeared in a short story in the first House of Mystery Halloween Annual (2009). An iZombie story was also included in the second House of Mystery Halloween Annual (2010).
Various entities, some human, some not, battle various escalating threats in and around Eugene, Oregon. Vampires, parental fights, zombies, romance triangles, cabin fever, delayed apocalyptic battles and technical support are just some of the situations under-prepared, heavily manipulated, not-quite-human twenty-somethings have to deal with.
- Gwendolyn ("Gwen") Price: the main protagonist, a revenant.
- Ellie: a ghost. She died in the 1960s and had never left Oregon.
- Scott ("Spot"): a were-terrier, friend to Gwen and Ellie, and gay
- Gavin: Gwen's brother and Spot's prospective boyfriend
- Vincent: friend and co-worker of Scott
- Ashok: friend and co-worker of Scott and Vincent
- Amon: A mysterious man with plans for the supernatural characters.
|#||Title||ISBN||Release date||Collected material|
|1||Dead to the World||ISBN 1-4012-2965-4||March 22, 2011||iZOMBIE #1–5, a story from House of Mystery Halloween Annual #1 and about 11 additional sketches and covers|
|2||uVampire||ISBN 1-4012-3296-5||September 7, 2011||iZOMBIE #6–12 and a story from House of Mystery Halloween Annual #2|
|3||Six Feet Under and Rising||ISBN 1-4012-3370-8||February 14, 2012||iZOMBIE #13–18|
|4||Repossession||ISBN 1-4012-3697-9||December 11, 2012||iZOMBIE #19–28|
- "The correct spelling of the title of our esteemed series is: (...) a lower case "i", sans comma, and the "OMBIE" in caps. In other words: iZOMBIE." - Shelly Bond in Chris Roberson (w), Michael Allred (i). iZOMBIE 12: 18 (June 2011), Letters column: Vertigo
- Nominees Announced for 2011 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, Comic-Con International, retrieved March 24, 2012.
- Chris Roberson (w), Michael Allred (i). iZOMBIE 4: 11 (October 2010), Vertigo
- Chris Roberson (w), Michael Allred (i). iZOMBIE 4: 12-13 (October 2010), Vertigo
- ECCC: The Vertigo New Blood Panels – And The End Of iZombie, Bleeding Cool, retrieved April 1, 2012.