Dead to the World begins with a mysteriously linen-wrapped man holding a stranger hostage for some nefarious reasons. This fascinating “prologue” hinted at what would take place in the first iZombie novel and did an outstanding job of reeling me in. While the story moved on and I am finally introduced to Gwen’s trio of odd but endearing paranormal friends, the sinister stranger was ever-present at the back of my mind.
The cast of characters of the iZombie comics are completely different from the show, but they are fascinating. Gwen is a twenty-something zombie girl who digs graves during the day and robs them for brains at night (yuck). In between grave digging for money – and then brains – and hanging with her pals, Gwen spends her time running “errands” for the people she eats. Her best friend Ellie has been dead for over 40 years old, but that doesn't mean she isn't the best friend a ghoul could ask for. Their trio is rounded out with Spot – sorry, I mean Scott – a were-terrier who works as at a retirement home and is hopelessly crushing on Gwen.
Not a ton happened in the first installment of iZombie, but Gwen is left with a difficult choice at the end of the book and I can’t wait to see what she does about it. I had fun learning the world and the characters that Chris Roberson created. There are all sorts of paranormal characters roaming the streets of Eugene, Oregon and I have a feeling it’s only going to get weirder. There are also "monster hunters" stirring up trouble for the paranormal creatures in Eugene, Orgeon they do make for some entertaining villains. I can't wait to see what they get up to next in iZombie Vol, 2: uVampire.