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Vertigo announces I, Zombie + Halloween annual

House of Mystery

House of Mystery

Vertigo today announced a new series called I, Zombie by author Chris Roberson and Mike Allred.

Although a link between the two isn’t mentioned, I’m guessing the title is a subtle homage to the J.M. DeMatteis-written I … Vampire series that ran in House of Mystery back in the 1980s.

So what better place to kick it off than in the current House of Mystery — or, rather in a Halloween annual that will include a House of Mystery framing sequence and new Hellblazer, Madame Xanadu, Merv Pumpkinhead and I, Zombie stories.

Vertigo announced the annual on their Graphic Content blog today:

This October we’re publishing our first ever Halloween Annual. This special 48-page book will contain a framing story by the regular HOM creative team, writer Matthew Sturges and artists Luca Rossi and Jose Marzan Jr. However, it will also included short stories from HELLBLAZER by Peter Milligan, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Stefano Landini and MADAME XANADU by Matt Wagner, Amy Reeder Hadley and Richard Friend as well as a special MERV PUMPKINHEAD tale (the first in over 8 years!) by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham and Kevin Nowlan.

What? That’s not enough?

You’ll also be treated to a yarn spotlighting a new monthly series!

Then came back and announced the new series:

In 2010 Vertigo will release I, ZOMBIE, a new ongoing series by co-creators, writer Chris Roberson (author of this Fall’s CINDERELLA and occasional contributor to HOM and JACK OF FABLES) and New York Times bestselling artist Mike Allred.

I, ZOMBIE is the story of Gwendolyn “Gwen” Dylan, zombie girl detective. Think graveyards, ghosts, vampires and werewolves with a twist.



Oh good, another Zombie series. Timely move, Vertigo. Think I’ll stick with Crossed.

It’s time for Karen Berger to find something else to do.

Sounds good to me.

If I, Zombie is going to be accused coming late to the zombie party, the quite recent Crossed should be as well.

And nice crack at Karen Berger. You guys got a lot of class.

Someday, I hope within my lifetime, people will wait to see a comic book before they bash it and insult anyone connected to it. But really, why hope? We’ll never grow up.

Allred. Zombies. A name made up of wordplay. The detective genre. And zombies.

I’m sold.

Sounds good to me. I’m sold for both books, and I really hope this is confirmation that the Cinderella series is actually hitting this fall.

allred drawing a detective/zombie story sounds pretty awesome to me. did anyone read citizen nocturne in the old graphique musique series? allred definitely has the ability to create cool paranormal situations with his artwork.


It’s funny how people are comparing it to the standard “zombie” fare that’s out there right now, when it sounds like it’ll be nothing like ‘em.

Sounds great. Gwendolyn “Gwen” Dylan is that a nod to Dylan Dog?

I’ll buy this immediately just for Allred. I’d kil someone to see Milligan & Allred return to X-Statix.

i’ll buy it…but only if karen berger loosens her grip on some vertigo characters that were originally DCU characters so they they can be used again ;)
kidding aside…sounds cool and looking forward to seeing some art for this!

and i wish DC would bring back I…Vampire! but not to vertigo! that was a favorite of mine when i was little :)

I hope DC uses it as a reason to publish a Showcase of I… Vampire

What a new project! Both will be on my list.

I’ve got a few writers I’ll follow to any project, but Allred is one of very, very few artists that get that same confidence from me. Partly because he’s just a damn good artist, but also because I’ve got faith that if he wants to be involved with a project, there’s going to be something worth reading there.

I haven’t been let down yet.

Rachel McCall

July 13, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Allred. That’s really all it takes to sell me.

@J. Jonah

What? Unwritten just came out and it’s getting great reviews. Even if this sucks, Karen will still be ahead.

I’m buying it just for merv pumpkinhead.

To the people who have poor eyesight and are complaining about “another zombie series”: The news here is MIKE ALLRED Does Comic-Booky Thing for Vertigo.

Yeah Allred on this. Totally getting it. It sounds different and offbeat. Theres not enough stuff out there like that. Lets just hope it doesnt get canceled in less than 2 years like most cool vertigo series.

Anything Vertigo published is worth getting excited about.


About time they had a Halloween annual. Never understood Winter’s Edge, Vertigo was always more the suspense than the cold.

I’ll get it for Madame Xanadu alone, but this is a good opportunity to sample some other products. Which I guess is the point.



ALLRED rules!

and ain’t that good news

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