On The CW’s iZombie, Robert Buckley plays Major Lilywhite, the ex-fiancé/current object of affection (it’s complicated, okay?) of main character Liv Moore. Buckley’s excellent in the role—he’s funny, charming, cute—and it’s easy to see why Liv would have a hard time letting go of him. However, great of an actor that he is, Buckley’s well suited for the world of iZombie for another reason as well. He’s a big comic book fan. Absolutely huge.
Considering this, we thought it would be fun to ask him for his three desert island comic books. Which three comics could he not stand to be without? The first two were pretty simple. The third, well…we got there eventually!
Right off the top, Watchmen. Not only is it one of the best written comics of all time, it stands up against just about any book, period. Comic or non-comic. It’s just an incredible piece of fiction and storytelling. And it’s so long. There’s so much depth to it. Not only would you enjoy the heck out of it, but you would kill so much time reading it and going back through it. There’s the main story, but also the pirate story with the guy lost at sea. It’s just a classic.
I’m a fan of Batman, but if I had to narrow it down to one just off the top of my head, I’m going to go with Hush. I’m such an art snob. I have a really hard time reading something if the art isn’t good. In fact, Watchmen took me three tries before I was actually able to stick with it. The first few times I would open it, read a couple pages and put it down. The art looked like art from forty years ago to me! But then, once I gave it enough time to get engrossed in the story, it was just incredible, and I really came to appreciate the style of the art.
But Batman: Hush is just an awesome story, and it’s Jim Lee. His art’s just off-the-charts beautiful.
If I was to pick a Superman comic, I’d go with Superman: Red Son. That’s a fun one that’s off the beaten path. 100 Bullets is a good one too. There’s a lot to it. Maybe Arkham Asylum. Or maybe Brian Azzarello’s Joker. Or how about Absolute Luthor/Joker because those were both incredible stories, and they’re sold as one. Again, that’s great storytelling, and Lee Bermejo’s art is so beautiful.