(side note: this review is solely based on Vol. 1 of the series.)
If I could review this story in one word: BOOORING.
It was nothing more than a brief introduction to the series and the characters. Much of the story is spent learning each of the character's traits and the death of a nonsignificant character. Listen, I love dialogue-heavy books. Let's be honest. I spend most of my time "dialoguing" with other people but damn, there is so much I can take. I want some action, some movement of the plot, SOMETHING.
The only character that really stood out to me was Ellie, but only because she was a ghost (Beetlejuice anyone?). This is, in the most basic terms, a fluff story. A zombie fluff story.
Let's be honest here: when I don't like something, I can be a bit (read: overly) harsh. I will admit that the seeds that were planted for the next story installment will pick up the pace. Plus it's beautifully drawn. That's the main attraction for graphic novels right? How it's drawn? I enjoyed looking at it more than I did reading it ha.
Will Gwen hook up with the guy who could (and would) kill her? Who is this mysterious Egyptian dude and what did he promise Gwen? Will Tan spill Spot's secret? All this and more in the next installment of iZombie! ..... but is it really worth it?
Final Verdict: BORING BORING BORING. 😴 Will I read the next installment? Sure, but only because I have to finish something once I start it. My advice: skip the graphic novel and watch the show instead. 2/5 stars.
One word: APPETIZING (see what I did there 😂)
Huge fan over here. The show is the reason why I even read the graphic novel originally. But only after reading it did I realize: it's very loosely adapted from its source material. The main character doesn't even have the same name for God's sake! (Gwen vs Liv)
Here's what you need to know about the show:
- It's created by Rob Thomas aka the man behind Veronica Mars. (aka my favorite TV show marshmallows).
- The only "paranormal" character on the show is Liv (and the other zombie). Whereas the graphic novel has ghosts, were-terriers (I shit you not), the show does not. Thomas wanted to solely focus on Liv's experience as a paranormal living in this world.
- The opening theme is drawn by the original artist of the graphic novel... so that's cool.
- Did you like Warm Bodies? Well, iZombie is similar in the sense that Liv takes in a part of the person when she eats their brain (e.g. their memories, skills, and personality). Personally my favorite part of the show. It gives each episode a different twist on Liv and Rose McIver is quite talented.
- The second season just ended and it's been picked up for a third, so there's no better time to start watching it. Best part? It's on Netflix 😎
Final verdict: Funny, imaginative and refreshing. A new spin on an old tale. By no means perfect, the crime solving "psychic" zombie twist keeps the show from ever getting boring or repetitive. 4/5 stars.
Side note: Does anyone else not care for Major? Yeah, I get it dude, you're hot. But please get a new personality. Lowell + Liv 4ever.
When it comes down to it, the TV show has wittiness, plot development, and interesting (though a bit static) characters. The graphic novel has static characters and were-terriers (and vampires and mummies and ghosts and...). Too much paranormal is not a good thing, graphic novel iZombie: focus more on the girl and less on the zombie.