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Professor Membrane

Invader Zim Issue
Issue 37
Zim cover 37 a
Previous: Issue 36
Next: Issue 38
Publisher: Oni Press
Publication date: November 28, 2018
Story by: Sam Logan
Art by: Kate Sherron
Color by: Fred C. Stresing

Official Summary[]

When Dib wakes up one morning to find ZIM inside his house, eating breakfast with his family, he's confused. Even more confused when everyone refers to ZIM as Dib's brother. What horrible plot could ZIM be unfurling? But the more Dib looks into it, the more it seems like... ZIM might actually be his brother? Is that possible? Or will Dib lose his mind trying to unravel the vast conspiracy?[1]


Issue 37 was released on November 28, 2018.


Issue #37 has a total of 2 cover variations. 

  1. Warren Wucinich with Fred C. Stresing standard retail cover
  2. Fred C. Stresing variant cover

Characters in Issue #37 (In Order of Appearance)[]


SPOILER WARNING OF DOOM: This section or article may contain spoilers!

Prof membrane is a good dad in the comics look at him actually eating breakfast with his kids instead of just a floating screen

A breakfast in the Membrane household.

One morning, Dib wakes up to find Zim in his room, sharing a bunk bed with Dib, wearing his clothes, and claiming to be his brother. After Zim leaves, Dib reluctantly puts some of his clothes on in turn, before running downstairs after him. Reaching the kitchen, he's shocked to find that his father and sister are eating breakfast with Zim, both also claiming that Zim is his brother and that GIR is their dog.

Hey bro just chillin with my best bro

Dib sits next to his "brother", Zim.

Confused, Dib becomes convinced that Zim has either brainwashed Gaz and the Professor, or replaced them with duplicates. Reluctantly, he plays along as he and Zim head to Skool.

However, once there, he's further shocked when Ms. Bitters and his fellow Skoolchildren all are also claiming that he and Zim are brothers. Overwhelmed, he feigns sickness and flees the building, heading home. Desperate for answers, Dib searches for proof that Zim isn't his brother, but only finds numerous pictures depicting them as such, and even that GIR is an actual dog, instead of a robot in a costume. When Zim arrives, Dib panics and barricades himself in his room, and tries to contact The Swollen Eyeball Network for help, only for the agent he reaches to emerge from the computer screen and turn into Zim.

Dib escapes the matrix

Dib is able to foil Zim's plans.

Dib attempts to flee out his window, only to stop as he notices blackberries growing on a tree, and a squirrel with a carapace. He realizes that he's in a lazily researched simulation, and wakes up in a pod in Zim's Base. Zim reveals that he trapped Dib as a test subject for a plan to put all humans in simulations and use them as living batteries.

When Dib tries to point out the flaws in this plan, Zim shuts him up, and expresses confusion as to why Dib rejected the illusion, as Zim assumed he'd be thrilled to have Zim as a brother.

After Dib leaves, Zim inspects the pod, trying to figure out what went wrong, and accidentally traps himself inside it and puts himself in the simulation. His reaction to having a copy of himself as a brother is excitement over how great it is.

End of Spoilers: There are no further spoilers for this section or article. You can breathe now.

Facts of Doom []

  • Zim's plan is similar in concept, if different in motive, to his plan in "Dib's Wonderful Life of Doom".
  • Zim's plan can also be seen as a parody of the basic plot from the Matrix franchise, as Dib points out all the logical plot holes which make the plan not cost efficient.
  • There's a minor error near the end of the issue. As Dib is fleeing from Zim in his house, he's briefly show wearing his own clothes as he runs into his room, despite wearing Zim's clothes up to that point. By the next panel, he's back in those clothes. This error was later corrected in reprints of the issue.
  • The events of this issue are briefly mentioned in Issue 42 - during his first commercial to the Plim, Dib warns them that Zim might try to turn them all into batteries, like his ultimate goal with Dib here.