Publisher: Oni Press
Writer/Artist: KC Green
Release Date: 6th January, 2015
I can’t be the only one who was nervous with show creator and writer Johnen Vasquez stepping down to a “Control Brain” capacity instead of writing, however, I’m pleased to confirm that AC Green seems to have stepped up to the bat swinging wildly, just like we’d want.
The issue ticks all the boxes you’d want from a Zim book. Seriously, it could be an episode of the show so easily — with one notable exception. It’s clear from the first page that Green has brought his own original style to the book which seems to be one part Ren and Stimpy, two parts European newspaper strips. Everything is much more over-animated than previous issues, with big, bold “anime” style eyes and a slightly flat colour, giving the book a noticeably different tone to previous issues.
Thankfully, the humour is all there. It’s a sad fact, but these days I rarely find myself laughing out loud at books. I do that weird, almost internal expelling of air from my nose that goes hand in hand with writing “lmao” when everyone knows that not only are you not on the floor rolling, there’s a good chance you weren’t even laughing. Well, I’m happy to report that this goddamn book made me laugh out loud and not give a damn who heard.
Visual comedy isn’t anything new, not by a long run. That being said, there’s certain things that are always just going to be funny, and KC Green manages to catch it and bottle it with Zim. It’s hilarious in such a childish, cartoonish way and it even seems proud of it. The Ribyich getting sold at “Sammy’s Ribs N’ Diapers” gave me a proper chuckle, not to mention what we found inside. Not even mentioning that I’ve also been so angry at a lost boot I’ve done unquestionable things. KC Green can stay.
For all the great points, I’ll be the first to say it, some of the characterisation was slightly off, but then that could just be down to interpretation and the fact that I’m ever so invested in the series (I may have a tattoo) that I need to be able to “hear” characters voices in my head and here was a few instances with the issue I just didn’t?
A minor detail in a strong issue, though. The “one of us” chants can commence now.
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