Welcome back, Zim! We’ve missed ya and while it’s not a television revival, Oni Press clearly saw the potential in Invader Zim enough to bring him back into pop culture in comic book form.
And because of the episodic format of the comic, I don’t have anything recap to anyone which is honestly for the best really given save for the occasional two-parter, longer form storytelling wouldn’t exactly work for Invader Zim given you’d have to pad out the story for jokes and let’s face it, Zim isn’t known for serial storytelling. It can work for superhero books and others but I don’t think so for Zim. But how does this book hold up? Very well.
In Invader Zim #28, Zim has to retrieve some time device with a bendy straw that was last seen on a moon and given this is Invader Zim we’re talking about, the task is far from simple and pleasant. Writer Sam Logan really crafted a sadistically hilarious story where it wouldn’t feel out of place in the actual show. You have Zim discovering survivors underneath the moon and for whatever silly thing he wants from them that would take ages, he’d use some kind of bubble to shield himself from the effects of the time device, he’s fine but everyone else is visibly aged. That to me is how you get Zim down and it’s clear that writer Sam Logan understands the material and what makes him tick.
Zim is a jerk but he is a hilarious jerk you’re entertained by and this issue, screw it, the entire comic holds true to that. Much of the jokes land as I found myself laughing and chuckling at whatever abuse is given to Zim or how he treats others. I mean, he has Irken survivors build a chair for him to think and it took months while merely a few minutes for him. And most importantly, Logan does nail the voices of these characters hard. Everyone is in character and I can easily picture the voice actors from the show uttering these lines.
The art by Mady G is decent but I feel how Zim is drawn, his face looks too round, he doesn’t look very angular like in the cartoon. He looked kind of off model to me. I mean, Gir and the Almighty Tallests looked fine but somehow with Zim, he looked pretty off. But Mady G does succeed in assisting the timing of the jokes such as the panels where Zim falls down multiple times. And the colors by Fred C. Stresing are very well done, matching the show’s aesthetic. Maybe the colors could have been somewhat darker but it works.
If you’re a fan of Invader Zim already and new to this comic, this is not a bad issue to start with. If you’ve been enjoying this comic already, the quality is still strong. Check it out!
Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review