by Chris Roberson (writer), Michael Allred (art), Laura Allred (colors), and Todd Klein (letters)

The Story: The hunters continue their vampire-chase with Horatio meeting Gwen in the process, someone discovers Scott’s secret, and Gwen meets the mummy.

What’s Good: Without a doubt, the best thing about iZombie, this issue included, is Michael Allred’s art.  It has a wonderful life to it and its pop-art style suits the comic perfectly.  Everything has a delightful air of kookiness and eccentricity that truly gives colour to Roberson’s world.  Indeed, Allred gives the world of iZombie a sort of poppy timelessness.  All of the characters, Gwen in particular, are adorable thanks to Allred and the designs are solid throughout.  I particularly enjoyed Allred’s depiction of Gwen’s powers, where the images are grainy and rendered in black and white.  While the world looks wonderful, Allred’s work on his characters’ faces is also very human and perfectly expressive.

Once again, Roberson’s three main characters continued to grow on me this month.  Scott is the perfect example of the “lovable loser.”  From his condition, to his forced isolation, to his being ribbed by Gwen, the guy is the perfect combination of nice and pitiful; it’s hard not to constantly feel bad for the guy, while also smiling at the inherent comedy of his tribulations.

Gwen, on the other hand, remains as cool as ever and Allred and  Roberson both make a wonderfully awkward “love at first sight” moment between her and Horatio this month.  She’s a solid combination of snark and vulnerability and scenes like this highlight that.  Meanwhile, Ellie continues to be a source of fun in her own right, as Roberson makes her sound humorously out of date.

What’s Not So Good: Three issues in, and I’m starting to become a little displeased at how slow iZombie has been.  Case in point: last month’s cliffhanger ending.  You’d think there’d be some point of resolution between the vampire and Scott’s friends, but there isn’t.  This issue ends that plot in almost the same position as last month; one of Scott’s friends is in danger, a vampire hanging over his neck.  That’s an infinitesimal amount of plot progression.

And yet, calling iZombie #3 a comic where “nothing happens” isn’t really fair either.  Stuff does happen.  Gwen confronts the murderer and someone discovers Scott’s secret.  Those are big events.  Then again, I guess you could also say that it’s a bit telling that both these occurrences are at the end of the issue and that, after last month, taking a full 22 pages to get here is in itself slow.

I suppose the most frustrating thing about iZombie isn’t so much the lack of plot progression, however, but rather the incredibly relaxed, and laid-back feel that the storytelling has.  Things don’t feel anywhere near as gripping or exciting as they should be.  It’s all so relaxed that after 22 pages, it’s hard to feel fulfilled and I’m finding it increasingly hard to justify purchasing this series in singles, as opposed to trade-waiting.

Conclusion: It’s hard for me to really bad-mouth this series though because I love the characters, I love the concept, I love the world, and I love the art, but as of right now, Roberson’s storytelling is holding this series back.

Grade: C

-Alex Evans