Title: Xombi #1
Writer: John Rozum
Artist: Fraser Irving
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Release Date: March 16, 2011
David Kim is back in the DC Universe, although his presence hasn’t been noticed for years. Outside of a cameo in an alternate Justice League in past years, the nanomachine-powered zombie, or Xombi, is ready to tackle all mysteries strange and baffling. In this relaunch by creator John Rozum and artist Fraser Irving, Xombi is recruited to figure out the disappearance of tiny prisoners. With allies such as Catholic Girl, Nun The Less, Nun Of The Above, and Father Maxwell, is he the DC Universe ready for his return?
The issue (and therefore, the series) starts off simply enough, with an average night of David and his pal Chet serving as a recap of who David Kim is, and how he got his powers. If you’ve never read anything Xombi before, it turns out that he was working with nanomachines when he was gravely injured, with an assistant being turned into the fuel for the nanomachines that saved his life. Since then, he’s been unable to age, get sick, or be anything less than his peak physical perfection. Things have apparently been slow for Kim, until he’s called into duty.
With a mission in hand, he’s called out to investigate what happened to the tiny prisoners of a tiny prison. With his religiously-themed allies (two nuns, a father, and a school girl), he starts to investigate before a greater threat emerges. Turns out that the children who fell on Halloween in the past are back from the dead. Xombi’s looks to fight some demons as the issue ends.
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Rozum does a great job at reintroducing the character to both new and old audiences, and Irving’s artwork is amazing. He pulls his knack for magic and youths, from Seven Soldiers: Klarion The Witch Boy, back into the medium, and just stands out visually from what can be a very generic field. Xombi is a title that many will pass up unless they know the character, and they really shouldn’t. Anyone with an interest in this forgotten character has a great starting point.
Rating: 8 out of 10