The Brothers Dib And Zim In Invader Zim #37

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Dib awakens in a world he could have never imagined– a world in which Zim is his brother! He knows this can’t be true, but both Gaz and Dib’s father are both convinced that Zim is a part of their family. Plus, Gir is now their dog! Dib plays along until he can get alone time, and the two go to school. Even there, everyone thinks Zim and Dib are brothers, and it grinds on Dib’s psyche. Has Dib been brothers with his sworn enemy all along? (Obviously not, but something’s up).

Invader Zim #37 cover by Warren Wucinich and Fred C. Stresing
Invader Zim #37 cover by Warren Wucinich and Fred C. Stresing

Invader Zim #37 brings us the strange treat of watching Dib struggle against a reality he knows to be untrue, but he’s the only one who knows this. It comes off like a comical version of an Alfred Hitchcock thriller, or the film Gaslight.
It plays it surprisingly consistently too; there’s never a moment where Zim or Gir wink at the camera and break the ruse. Zim is an enthusiastic brother whom thoroughly loves Dib. It’s sincere to the point of embarrassment for Dib, but it’s strangely endearing to read.
The ending is one of the highlights. It doesn’t reveal anything especially surprising, but the final punchline is hilarious. Luckily for you fine people, I’m not generally the spoiling type.
Invader Zim #37 art by Kate Sherron, Fred C. Stresing, and Warren Wucinich
Invader Zim #37 art by Kate Sherron, Fred C. Stresing, and Warren Wucinich

Kate Sherron’s artwork straddles the line between adorable and surreal, which has always been the Invader Zim way. Much of the comic looks identical to the Nickelodeon cartoon, but there are some panels where Dib, Zim, and Gir pull off these genuinely cute faces. Fred C. Stresing’s color art is appropriately strange and contrasting, centering around the colors purple, green, and a hint of red.
Invader Zim #37 is another hilarious and strange issue of the Jhonen Vasquez creation. Writer Sam Logan delivers a delightful issue that stays loyal to the cartoon while exploring territories which the cartoon avoided. This one definitely gets a recommendation. Feel free to give it a read.
Invader Zim #37 comes to us from writer Sam Logan, artist Kate Sherron, color artist Fred C. Stresing, letterer Warren Wucinich, and cover artist Warren Wucinich with Fred C. Stresing.

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