[su_pullquote align=”left”]”I’m always confused when people say how much they miss Invader Zim because the show never stopped running in my head, and then I remember everyone else isn’t in my head. -Jhonen Vasquez” [/su_pullquote]
A quote from Jhonen Vasquez about the character he created for Nickelodeon in the early 2000s. After it was canceled, the show had developed a cult following that continues to this day. Now, it’s been announced that Oni Press and Vasquez will be creating comic books based on the titled character.
Invader Zim is about a member of a powerful alien empire that seek to only conquer and destroy other planets. However Zim is their worst invader and too full of himself to notice. In order to get him off their back, they send him on a wild goose chase to conquer Earth.
Once Zim lands on Earth (with his cute, moronic, and hyperactive robot Gir), he goes to elementary school to learn different ways to take over the world. The main threat to his plans (besides himself) is a young nerdy paranormal investigator needed Dib; who while having more common sense than Zim, can be just as full of himself as the alien.
And that is just the basic story. The world is an intense dark funny look at the modern world. The technology is massive and overpowering, nearly everyone is high strong in some way, and every joke is done at full force.
Jhonen Vasquez is no stranger to this style. He is best known for the cult black humor comic series Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, a story about a man who is seemingly killing random people for minor reasons, but there may be other influences a foot.
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After the end of Invader Zim, Jhonen Vasquez continued to create comics. He would later create character designs for Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja. He also wrote and directed an episode of online series Bravest Warriors.
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The new series will be released July 1 2015. No story details have been released, but many are hoping that it will be a true continuation of the beloved cartoon.
This includes myself because I loved the show as a kid. I enjoy Mr. Vasquez’s other work and rediscovering the series years later. I love the show enough that not long ago a coworker and I spent the whole day quoting many lines from the series. I hope to grab these books (with some tacos) and enjoy.
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