Jhonen reveals Invader Zim comic will introduce new characters

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We’re a little over a month away from the return of Invader Zim in comic book form. The news came out earlier this year that Oni Press along with Nickelodeon would be breathing new life into the franchise with the help of its original creator Jhonen Vasquez. Jhonen, along with the Invader Zim show veterans like Aaron Alexovich, Eric Trueheart and Rikki Simons, will join forces on the new comic book series.

Recently Jhonen talked with Comic Book Resources about the series and says fans can expect to see some whole new character to join many of the well known fan favorites from the show.

“Yeah, that’s the plan. I’m not really interested in the comic just being a “Hey, remember this guy or that guy” thing, ya know? I don’t want any of us to be writing fanfic of our own creation where we pull out all the familiar stuff and wink at an audience that only wants to see only what they already know. The first two issues, the ones I am writing, they’re familiar in that all our main cast are there, but it’s no fun if they’re just trapped and defined by what they were doing a decade ago. Sure, there’ll be plenty of people angry at us for making Dib a flying lizard that can transform into a fixie bike only when he’s frightened, but art evolves, people.”

Jhonen also talked about in the interview that there is little to no difference from what fans will remember from the show and what they will be able to read in the comics. He will be personally writing the first two issues and wants to assure fans that the Zim they have come to know and love is still ZIM.

It’s funny — I’m two issues into writing the comic and some things have been tweaked here and there, but Zim himself, he’s pretty much unchanged, and he’s the one thing that I don’t think should be tweaked at all. He is Zim! You can’t mess with that. He’s arrogant, oblivious, and dangerous — usually to everything but his target. I can’t speak for everyone, but Zim in the comic just feels like Zim from the cartoon, so I don’t worry about people feeling I’ve ruined their childhood or anything, but I can’t say the same for how they’ll feel about me making GIR a lawyer gorilla.

Invader Zim issue #1 hits store shelves July 1st.

Source: Comic Book Resources

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