The little Irken that could, or that tried and repeatedly failed, is coming back in the form of a new comic from Oni Press. The Portland based comic book publisher is teaming with Nickelodeon to create the first new Invader Zim stories since the cult-favorite cartoon was canceled in 2003. Fans may breathe a sigh of relief, as not only will they soon see the return of their favorite characters, but also the return of much of the original creative team. Series creator, Jhonen Vasquez, will illustrate and write stories for the new series, joined by Aaron Alexovich, Eric Trueheart, and Rikki Simons (who also provided the voice of Zim’s sporadically loyal robot/dog cosplayer, Gir).
I have fond memories of watching this show when I was in high school. As a fan of Vasquez’s Johnny the Homicidal Maniac and Squee! comics, I was astounded that Nickelodeon let him create a show for their channel. His work was not what anyone would consider “General Audiences” fare. Not only was the show real, but it had only marginally toned down the violence and disdain for humanity that made Vasquez’s comic books so appealing to morose young people like me.
The news of Invader Zim’s return with Vasquez at the helm got me excited, but then I started to think about that time of my life and why I liked Vasquez’s work so much. Now I’m not so sure how I feel.