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!

ALIENS AND ZOMBIES INVADE IDW
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?