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Prepare for DOOM: Invader Zim Is Coming Back to Conquer Your Television

I'm gonna sing the doom song now.


Years ago in the forgotten time of 2001, comic book writer and artist Jhonen Vasquez, known for creations like Johnny the Homicidal Maniac and Squee, created Invader Zim for Nickelodeon and brought the world another of the network’s oddly not-exactly-kid-friendly entires. Sadly, it the now-cult classic didn’t hit widespread popularity while it was on the air, and it was canceled the next year after two seasons.

That cult status already allowed the series to return in comic book form in 2015, but today, it was announced that it would get another shot at television, albeit in a shortened form. Entertainment Weekly reports that Nickelodeon has given a green light to reviving the show with a TV movie. The original show centered around the ongoing struggle between the alien Zim and his quest for world domination—with the “help” of his robot companion GIR—and neighborhood siblings Dib and Gaz.

All four of those major characters will return for the movie, with their original voices provided by (in order) Richard Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Andy Berman, and Melissa Fahn. Outside of that, we don’t really know what to expect apart from a new plan from Zim to finally dominate the Earth and earn the respect of the “Almighty Tallest” of his home planet, Irk. Nerdist also reports that Vasquez will take the lead creatively, so we can expect more of the series’ beloved oddball humor. (Vasquez has responded with a tweet mocking Donald Trump and causing some followers to believe the whole thing is a hoax, but it seems to be very real.)

But after all these years, will some of the flavor have drained out of it?

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(images: Nickelodeon)

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