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IDW Gets Invaded by Aliens and Attacked by Zombies

Kelly Cassidy 12/14/2012 ZDONOTUSE

Yes, you read that right. IDW has a bunch of aliens and zombies showing up soon. No, it’s not a Doctor Who or Star Trek series, nor are the aliens plants and attacking the zombies. Nope, IDW is bringing an all-new combination act of these fan-favorites into a single story!

Chris Ryall, Drew Moss, and Dave Sim Launch THE COLONIZED in April!

San Diego, CA (December 14, 2012) – This spring at IDW, where there’s aliens, there’s zombies! In THE COLONIZED, a new four-issue series launching in April, writer Chris Ryall, artist Drew Moss, and cover artist Dave Sim explore the arrival of these strangely interwoven threats in a secluded separatist town in Montana.

Colonized #1In the Carbon Falls Collective, Huxley Robertson is dealing with the passing of his father and pushing against old guard objections as he attempts to push the separatist camp into becoming a fully sustainable green town. As if circumstances weren’t volatile enough, a craft full of alien explorers inadvertently re-animates the town’s dead! Throw a rogue ATF agent into the mix, on the hunt for the town’s weapons cache, and let’s just say this is a bad time for the otherwise sleepy Carbon Falls Collective to be cut off from the outside world.

This potent mix of horror, drama, and black humor comes from Chris Ryall, no stranger to either aliens (Groom Lake) or zombies (Zombies vs. Robots), working with illustrator Drew Moss (Zombies vs. Robots Annual), and Locke & Key colorist Jay Fotos, with legendary Cerebus creator Dave Sim providing covers for the four-issue affair.

“Exploring the idea of ultimate outsiders like aliens landing in a separatist community and then having both besieged by zombies sounded like ripe territory for commentary-free chaos and some thrilling Drew Moss artwork,” said Chris Ryall, also IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “But then when Dave Sim miraculously signed on to do covers, it made it all coalesce into something even bigger and better.”

In addition to Sim’s covers, each issue will also offer special subscription-only variants from stellar artists like John Byrne–who tackles issue one–Gabriel Rodriguez, Zach Howard, and a player-to-be-named-soon.

“It’s great to be able to work with my friends on this,” Ryall added, “especially when those friends are so damned talented, they elevate anything they work on. Having Dave Sim or John Byrne covers on a book of our creation is an endless thrill for both Drew and I.”

THE COLONIZED #1 ($3.99, 32 pages; full color) will be available in stores in April 2013.

So, there we have it. And with covers from Dave Sim, no less, and other guest artists! Although I’m not the biggest fan of the multi-cover-craze, there are a few exceptions and this may be one of them (although I’d like to see the covers collected in another print format… But that’s just me.)

What do you think? Are these aliens and zombies something that you think will whet your appetite?

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About The Author

Kelly Cassidy has been collecting comics for around 30 years and can actually list the first comic he bought with his own money. By day, he works as a technology manager and community leader in web technologies, presenting at web conferences around Canada. By night, he struggles to actually create the list of comics he owns as he keeps adding more to his collection. He also struggles with talking in third person.

  1. jeffhillwriter 12/14/2012 at 11:55 pm

    Fun premise for alien and zombie fans alike.

  2. Scorp_Moonopoly 12/15/2012 at 12:04 am

    0h I love my black humor, I might be down for this.

  3. Knighti2 12/15/2012 at 9:53 am

    Maybe if they wipe each other out we do not have to see either anymore in new story lines. :) We can start a new fad that way.

  4. Christian_J 12/15/2012 at 4:30 pm

    Hmmm, interesting premise. I love a book that doesn't take itself so seriously.

  5. Skott_Jimenez 12/16/2012 at 2:56 am

    I've been a fan of IDW from way back. I've learned that if you are crossing zombies with anything and you have Chris writing it then it's a winner. I'll be placing this on my pull list very soon.

  6. Chris 04/03/2013 at 6:41 pm

    Allens vs Zombies! Cant get much better comic book fair than that>

  7. Top 40 Lyrics 04/17/2013 at 2:42 am

    This is awesome. It's one comic that every geek all over the world would love to read.

  8. tommtg 05/07/2013 at 12:04 am

    Haha it's a free for all!!

  9. Watch Wilfred Online 06/18/2013 at 12:09 pm

    I am sooo going to read this…lol

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