Nickelodeon’s classic series Invader Zim might finally be resurrected as an Oni Press comic book.
The phrase “Doom is coming” might not seem like much at first. But if you spotted the stylized text in Oni Press’ Twitter feed and got very excited, it’s easy to guess why: It teases the long-awaited return of Invader Zim. Originally airing onNickelodeon from 2001 to 2002, Invader Zim was an award-winning animated series cancelled just prior to producing its finale. It remains a fondly remembered cult classic, but now it might be making a comic book comeback - a theory helped in no small part by creator Jhonen Vasquez reposting the image.
Invader Zim follows an alien attacker and his adorably malfunctioning robot, GIR, as they infiltrate and conquer Earth to impress their homeworld’s overlords. Unfortunately, his plans are often dashed by Dib, an elementary school student and paranormal investigator who is able to see through the disguise. Invader Zim earned an Emmy and two animation awards, among other nominations, before being cancelled in 2002 due to high production costs. The series was originally meant to culminate in a full-length TV movie called “Invader Dib”.
Long after its cancellation, Invader Zim remains a highly-quotable cult classic thanks DVD to and digital storefront re-releases. Many attempts have been made to resurrect the series, but now it seems Invader Zim will take theFirefly route of continuing in comic book form. Oni Press has said to “stay tuned for more” this Friday, when hopefully details will be unveiled.