Invader Zim #28 Review

Posted February 16, 2018 by Cameron McFarland in Comic Books

Written By: Sam Logan

Art By: Mady G

Published By: Oni Press

Invader Zim still entertains me, and I know I’m not alone in that fandom. There’s something entertaining about that very juvenile and selfish attitude that Zim carries with him; he will never admit to any amount of shortcomings or failures. I am tempted to write an overly verbose analysis on how readers can relate to this on some deep, psychological level, but I think the reality is that Zim is just fun and silly and it doesn’t need to be anything more than that.

This issue takes us on a short adventure as Zim is given a mission directly from the Tallest in a rare turn of events. The mission in question is to recover an Irken invention that could be used to manipulate time itself. I am quite certain you can imagine the antics that arrive from a machine that can slow or increase the rate of time, and that’s really all I can say about this issue.

The writing and art are not quite the bull’s-eye quality mark I’ve come to expect from the series, but that’s not to say the creative team missed the mark. All the characters are just as charming as one would expect, but this story does lack the sort of flow expected from a typical Zim story. Zim as a character is always at his best when he is acting as a villain. Readers want to see him act selfish and idiotic, but his intent should always be focused on reaching for his goal of world domination and this issue leaves us wanting more from the story than a simple side adventure.

While this issue doesn’t stand out on its own as anything particularly spectacular, it is still a fun read that will compliment a Zim collection. However, if you can stand a month without fresh alien hi-jinks, I do admit this wouldn’t be a terrible issue to skip.

About the Author

Cameron McFarland

Cameron loves cartoons and bad movies almost as much as bad cartoon movies. He is also the world's best spaghetti-eater, so don't bring it up around him or he won't shut up about it. Author and Artist for world-reviled World of Warcraft fancomic,