I've been buying a lot of comics lately. I bought the first issue of Invader Zim thinking I'd give it a try because I am a big fan of the show. Well the first issue was hilarious, so I bought the first volume (and second volume) because there were quite a few out and I didn't feel the need to buy each issue separately.
I didn't realize this at the time, but each issue (or chapter in the case of the graphic novel) is a separate story, rather like the cartoon (each cartoon episode had two stories in it).
I think the first story/chapter in Invader Zim: Volume 1 is probably the funniest. Zim has been hiding in his house (in a toilet) for years, all as part of his nefarious scheme to make Dib fat and useless. It works, but thanks to a training montage, Dib is back!
Chapter 2 is the second part to that story, where Zim is looking for the Gargantis Array. After heading to every tacky tourist shop in the galaxy, he eventually finds the lady who will give him the codes. But Dib isn't far behind (using Tak's ship!)
The remaining three chapters are all standalone stories. First, Zim creates art installations around town to summon the Star Donkey. Next, the Tallest send him their trash, telling him it is a super secret weapon that must be protected at all costs. And finally, Dib unplugs Gaz's game. She looks for a separate reality where non-gamers are punished for existing to get revenge against her brother (this one is weird, but has some fun game nods to things like Minecraft and the Binding of Isaac).
This is a ridiculous collection of stories in true Zim fashion. Can't wait to read book 2!
*As of September 24/15, I am not taking any more requests from authors to read their books. I currently have too many books to read. I'll update this if/when that changes.*
I currently have 164 fiction books just sitting in my room to read (although that doesn't stop me from randomly picking books up at work or buying them on Kindle!). I've been keeping track of them on a paper list for years. This blog shares what I read as I attempt to get "the List" down to a more manageable number.
If you'd like to know what books are on the List, check out my Goodreads shelf devoted to them - it's my physical list digitized! I've also got a shelf for every book I've reviewed here on this blog.
Not everything I review here is actually on the List. Some books come from the library, some books are nonfiction (which are not included on the List), some books are on my Kindle (which have never been included on the List), and some books are given to me by friends and family.
Note: as of April 12/14, I am not going to add the *spoiler* warning I used to when I'm giving away details of books. I want to talk about the books I've read in whatever detail I'd like. So if you haven't read a book I'm reviewing, you might not want to read the review.