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Invader Zim Issue
Issue 42
Zim cover 42 a
Previous: Issue 41
Next: Issue 43
Publisher: Oni Press
Publication date: April 24, 2019
Story by: Sam Logan
Art by: Warren Wucinich
Color by: Fred C. Stresing

Official Summary[]

Meet the Plim-an alien race that's never been beyond their own planet, never known the wonders of the universe. In fact, they have a prophecy that one day a hero will come crashing through their atmosphere, bringing tales from across the galaxy! So what happens when both ZIM and Dib crash-land on their planet? The prophecy only said there'd be ONE hero, so... which one of them could it be?[1]


Issue 42 was released on April 24, 2019.


Issue #42 has a total of 2 cover variations. 

  1. Warren Wucinich standard retail cover
  2. Rachel Adler variant cover

Characters in Issue #42 (In Order of Appearance)[]


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


Dib wakes up after crash landing.

The issue opens with Zim and Dib in space, in the middle of a chase that's been ongoing for 74 hours, despite neither of them even remembering what plot Zim was trying to carry out in the first place. Trying to lose Dib, Zim heads towards a seemingly barren planet, where something causes both of their ships to crash.

Some time later, Dib wakes up to find himself surrounded by the planet's natives, the Plim. One of them, Plab, explains that the planet is surrounded by a field that makes the planet look uninhabited from space, and shuts down any electrical device that tries to pass through it, which caused the ships to crash.

Which rope is the longest

The Plim gather to watch The Feed.

According to Plab, there's a prophecy that a hero will fall from the sky and free the Plim from their prison, and he believes that Dib is that hero. Dib is hesitant to acknowledge that, until he's informed that Zim is also believed to be the hero, so the Plim are giving the two of them a chance to prove which of them it actually is. As Dib has been unconscious for two days and Zim has spent that time making commercial ads supporting himself on the Plim's television-like Feed, he has a massive lead.

Despite this, Zim is increasingly annoyed with how long it's taking to win over the Plim, and angry when Dib's first ad gains him some mild support. Seeing that GIR is operating on a level of intellect similar to the Plim's, Zim asks him for help making ads, which soon manages to increase his lead over Dib even more. Meanwhile, Dib is confused by the fact that the Plim simply let their automated society do everything for them, with no drive of their own.

Everyone loves the new orange paste

ZIM's campaign appeals to the Plim.

During a confrontation at a public event, Dib manages to record Zim admitting to not caring about the Plim. He broadcasts this in an ad, only for Zim to immediately regain the Plim's attention with an ad of him wearing a duck on his head. Between this and the revelation that the "prophecy" is simply another Feed program designed to keep the Plim from wanting to leave their planet, Dib is ready to give up and leave.

Then Plab reveals the existence of a vault containing ancient world-destroying weapons that the prophesied hero would have access to. Realizing that he can't let Zim win, Dib decides to stay and stop him somehow.

"To be continued..."

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

Facts of Doom []

  • This issue and Issue 43 constitute the fifth multi-part story in the comic series. The previous such stories were Issues 1-2, 22-25, 29-30, and 34-35.
  • During his first ad, Dib warns the Plim that Zim might use them all as batteries, referencing his ultimate goal in Issue 37.
  • During one of Zim's ads, GIR is wearing his Dib costume from Issue 38.
  • This issue and the following one mark the second time in Invader Zim where politics are involved, the first being in the episode "The Voting of the Doomed".