| I will never surrender my Meat Man!|
|Invader Zim Issue|
|Publication date:||July 17, 2019|
|Story by:||Eric Trueheart|
|Art by:||Warren Wucinich|
|Color by:||Fred C. Stresing|
The epic journey of Little Meat Man starts here! Who is Little Mean Man? Why is Little Meat Man? And why does ZIM love him so? HE LOVES HIM SO MUCH!
Issue 45 was released on July 17, 2019.
- Warren Wucinich standard retail cover
- Cab variant cover
Characters in Issue #45 (In Order of Appearance)
SPOILER WARNING OF DOOM: This section or article may contain spoilers!
Since Zim apparently forgot about the assignment and has no "baby" for it, he quickly calls GIR to make him one. GIR then arrives at the Skool to deliver the result, a baby-sized duplicate of Zim made out of meat that he dubs Li'l Meat Man.
Zim quickly grows attached to Li'l Meat Man, treating it as if it really is his child. As such, he is horrified when the assignment ends and Ms. Bitters orders the students to throw out their "babies".
Refusing to do this, Zim flees the Skool, stealing a weenie car from Deelishus Weenie so that he and Li'l Meat Man (and GIR, who joins them along the way) can go on the road.
Back at the Skool, the FBI arrive, having misunderstood the situation as a kidnapping. They are accompanied by Bill, who believes that Li'l Meat Man is a "Meat-Munculus" foretold to bring about a "baloneypocalypse". Dib uses this belief to convince Bill to go after Zim, with him tagging along.
Meanwhile, Zim, GIR, and Li'l Meat Man are on a road trip across the country, which is going well until they stop at a diner and are confronted by a group of men in chicken suits. Not liking meat people, they attack and damage Li'l Meat Man, causing Zim to destroy them in response. Learning about this from the FBI while at a carnival, Bill and Dib chase after them.
Momentarily ditching the police pursuing them, Zim takes Li'l Meat Man to the beach to triumphantly show it the ocean. While there, Zim encounters a man who is likewise showing the ocean to a boy made out of bread, who causes Zim to fully register the fact that Li'l Meat Man really is just a wad of meat.
When it's then eaten by a dolphin moments later, Zim shrugs the situation off and goes home, ignoring Dib, Bill, and the FBI as he does so.
It's then revealed that the Hobo, who has been narrating this whole story, is actually a robot kept in Zim's lab. Zim tells GIR to shut the robot off, as it keeps telling the same story.
End of Spoilers: There are no further spoilers for this section or article. You can breathe now.
Facts of Doom
- Tak is mentioned by Recap Kid, marking the first time she's been directly referenced in the comics, rather than indirectly by relation to her ship.
- On a related note, Deelishus Weenie briefly appears, as the place Zim steals a vehicle (the weenie-shaped car) from in order to flee with Li'l Meat Man.
- This is the fifth time GIR has set foot in the Skool. The first four times were in "A Room with a Moose", "The Voting of the Doomed", Issue 19, and Issue 26 respectively.
- This issue seems to be partially inspired by the Johnny Bravo episode "Free Pokey", where Johnny gets attached to an inanimate object, a piñata, similarly to how Zim got attached to Li'l Meat Man here.
- Zim and GIR going on a road trip is similar to the Rocko Modern's Life episode "Road Rash", especially since Zim is driving a weenie mobile similar to Rocko and Heffer. Coincidentally, both Nicktoons in question have movies that are scheduled to premiere on Netflix a few weeks after this issue's release.
- The panel where Zim holds up Li'l Meat Man to show it the ocean is a parody of Rafiki holding up the baby Simba at the start of The Lion King. Interestingly, the re-make of that movie premiered two days after the release of this issue.
- NASAPlace is revealed to have gone defunct from lack of funding since the time of the show.
- The chicken-suited men who assault Li'l Meat Man are an obvious parody of hate groups like the KKK.
- This is the last issue released before the release of Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus on Netflix on August 16th.
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