Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus                        review by Bobby Blakey

One of my favorite comics of all time is Johnny the Homicidal Maniac from creator Jhonen Vasquez. In 2001 he unleashed his unique creative genius on TV for the animated Nickelodeon series Invader Zim. Sadly the show only lasted a couple of seasons and ended way sooner than it should have. Recently it was brought back to the forefront in comic form, but not fans got the great joy of a peek at the upcoming TV animated feature Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus. Could this new feature live up to the greatness of the original series or will it be another failed attempt at world dominance?

 

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus follows ZIM who discovers his almighty leaders have no intention of coming to Earth and he loses confidence in his own amazingness for the first time in his amazing life – which happens to be the big break his human nemesis, Dib, has been waiting for! The series brings back the original voice cast including Richard Horvitz (ZIM), Rikki Simons (GIR), Wally Wingert (Almighty Tallest Red) and Kevin McDonald (Almighty Tallest Purple) making it feel like the show never ended.

 

One of the biggest issue things like this usually suffer from is that they just feel like big episodes, but thankfully here they stepped up their game to deliver something bigger and better than I had hoped for. I loved every minute of getting to dive back into the world of Zim and Dib with the story feeling familiar if you have read the current excellent comic series, but still does its own thing. There is all the laughs and crazed storytelling while bringing a bigger feel to the whole thing making it feel like the build up towards the invasion the series always led towards. At the same time it feels just like a stepping stone that is just tempting so that you want more time in the world and mind of genius creator Vasquez.

 

The animation is as beautiful as ever filled with all the great designs that makes this world so unique. I can only hope that this isn’t the last we get to see of this universe, but only time will tell. I am glad that we have the comic to keep the crazed adventures coming, but hoping this will get the numbers it deserves that we get the welcomed new series or more movies ASAP.

 

Check out Invader Zim: Enter The Florpus available now exclusively on Netflix.

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