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20px-Cquote1.png You know that mountain of old tires just outside of town? In an effort to reduce waste, it's been completely covered in old frozen ground beef! You know what that means? Family ski trip!
Professor Membrane
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Invader Zim Issue
Issue 44
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Chronology
Previous: Issue 43
Next: Issue 45
Information
Publisher: Oni Press
Publication date: June 26, 2019
Creative
Story by: Steven Shanahan
Art by: Warren Wucinich
Color by: Fred C. Stresing


Official Summary

It's the ski-pocalypse! Is that a thing? It is now! All Dib wants to do is have a relaxing vacation with his family, but as always, ZIM shows up to ruin everything with a sinister plot! And it's especially sinister this time around, because it takes advantage of Dib's lack of any athletic ability! What horrors will await Dib on the... BUNNY HILL OF RUIN???[1]

Release

Issue 44 was released on June 26, 2019.

Variations

  • Warren Wucinich standard retail cover
  • Megan Lawton variant cover
Issue #44 has a total of 2 cover variations. 
  1. Warren Wucinich standard retail cover
  2. Megan Lawton variant cover

Characters in Issue #44 (In Order of Appearance)

Synopsis

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

Road Trip

The Membrane family road trip takes an unexpected turn

While reading his morning paper, Professor Membrane discovers that the mountain of old tires just outside of town has been covered in frozen ground beef and converted into a ski resort. He decides to take this opportunity for a family trip, and drives Dib and Gaz to the resort. Along the way, Dib spots Minimoose in the woods. Due to this, when they get to Meat Mountain Dib starts to suspect that Zim is up to something, but Gaz tells him to just focus on enjoying their trip.

Decoy waffle shop

Zim's evil plan in action

Dib tries, but lacks any serious skill and gets restricted to the Baby Meatball hill, which is for all the youngest kids, while the much more skilled Gaz is allowed to ascend the mountain. An annoyed Dib tries to improve his skills, but is shocked to see Zim also ascending the mountain.

Spying on Zim from a distance, Dib discovers that he's luring skiers into a decoy waffle shop so that he can wrap them up and ship them to alien retailers to use as pillow stuffing. Dib is horrified, but can't go after Zim until he proves he's ready for the next ski level, the Yellow Taco. When he proves unable to do so on his own, he builds an exosuit that lets him beat the Baby Meatball hill and graduate to Yellow Taco.

Dib exosuit

Dib takes skiing to the next level

However, upon reaching the Yellow Taco hill, Dib discovers that Zim has already abducted all the skiers and moved on to the Purple Empanada hill. Once again having to prove his skill level to advance, Dib upgrades the exosuit in order to beat the Yellow Taco hill. Unfortunately, he finds that Zim has again already moved on by the time he gets to Purple Empanada, now establishing himself atop the Sloppy Joe's Summit at the top of the mountain.

Upgrading his exosuit once more, Dib earns the right to travel to the summit. As he ascends, however, Zim mocks him, pointing out that he clearly hasn't come up with a plan for actually beating him. Dib begins to panic, but has a sudden idea. He ditches his exosuit and lies down on the meat, allowing other skiers to trip over him.

Line

Gaz isn't happy with Dib's actions

This pile of skiers quickly forms a ball, which rolls down the summit and slams into the waffle shop. Not built to process that many people at once, the shop overloads and self-destructs, blowing everyone back down to the base of the mountain.

Afterwards, Dib is pleased to have beaten Zim and saved everyone, and is ready to enjoy the family vacation. However, an annoyed Gaz points out that by freeing all the other skiers, Dib has made it so that they're now stuck in line behind everyone.

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

Facts of Doom 

  • This issue is one of the few that actually show Professor Membrane trying to be more involved with his kids.
  • This issue also reveals that the Professor drives a car that has a model of his hair spike on its roof.
  • Gaz is revealed to be an excellent skier, while Dib is very bad at it.
  • As seen in the show, Zim has a weakness against meat, so Minimoose served as transportation to keep him away from it.

References

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