19 February 2013

Review: iZombie Vol. 4: Repossessed

iZombie Vol. 4: Repossessed
iZombie Vol. 4: Repossessed by Chris Roberson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a first for me: the first time I've read a comic get rushed to a conclusion because it was cancelled. iZombie survived for 28 issues over four trades, and it's a bit of an abrupt end, but still a good payoff for what ended up being a solid series after a few missteps here and there.

The first couple chapters/issues are very "...huh?" inducing, and then things pick up really, really quickly. There's a lot of plotting and a lot of action in a little time over the course of the rest of the book, and it really works out well. For a series that may have moved a little too slowly for me at times, picking up the pace works.

Plus, there's Lovecraftian elements! I'm honestly not sure if this was the overall plan or something cooked up after the quick cancellation, but the key plot to finish things out is straight out of a good old Cthuhlu story, and if you know me at all, you know that it's going to get my attention and quick.

Overall, it's hard to really pinpoint my feelings on the series on a whole. It's sort of like Dollhouse, or the last few episodes of Angel, where we get a glimpse of what might have been but ultimately end up kind of hustled off to the exit. It's not the fault of anyone involved with the series, thankfully - it was a fun ride with a lot of charm unlike anything I'd ever read in comic form. It's just a shame it had to end so quickly.

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