Marvel Zombies

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When a zombie virus turns the superheroes of an alternate Marvel universe into flesh hungry zombies, the entirety of mankind is consumed in only a short while, leaving the Marvel Zombies to come up with alternate means of nutrition. Contains Marvel Zombies issue # 1-5

I can only imagine the massive bottle of Ibuprofen they must have over at Marvel HQ thanks to the rapidly growing and never ending list of alternate Marvel universes because I’m sure it has to be one hell of a headache to keep up with them all. I know from the perspective of the reader it can be kind of confusing when they start mixing worlds just because of the fact that there are so damn many. That’s not to say it’s all bad, some of the worlds they’ve come up with have been pretty interesting versions of a world many of us have come to love but other times I just have to ask…Really guys?

Our story begins after the Marvel Zombies have nearly eaten mankind into extinction. In their quest to obtain more food, the zombies built a machine capable of transporting them to a different universe full of tasty humans, a machine that Magneto (as one of the few superheroes left who hasn’t been zombified) is shown destroying right on page one, just before his untimely death. Since Magneto left them without anyway off their planet, the zombies decide to make sure there isn’t enough left of him to cremate. As the zombies come to terms with living an undead life without a zombie’s greatest pleasure, a small group of them receive an unexpected surprise in the form of the Silver Surfer who has only just arrived as The Herald of Galactus. Only instead of announcing the arrival of a planet devouring monster, the Herald ends up himself devoured. As if having super powers and being a zombie weren’t enough, the seven Marvel Zombies who ate the Silver Surfer have each received a portion of the power cosmic. Of course with Galactus on the way, it still may not be enough.

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{Magneto meets an inglorious end}

This was essentially a wet dream come true for me, two of my three favorite things (Marvel Comics and zombies, penguins were the third just in case you were wondering, love those little creatures) coming together in an orgy of blood, guts, and death. My biggest worry going into it was that the storyline was going to come across as cheesy or too tame for what a zombie comic should be. I’ve learned from experience (namely the Alien vs. Predator movies) that it’s surprisingly easy to ruin a plan to bring two great ideas together. Thankfully, not only is the story not cheesy at all but it’s far from tame as well.

That was one of the reasons I fell in love so quickly, how extremely gory Marvel Zombies was compared to most Marvel comics. People are constantly dismembered, heads are entirely bitten off, and there is enough blood to give 70’s Italian horror a run for its money. Not only is it rare to find a panel that doesn’t look like a splatterfest, but the zombies look great as well. They aren’t just gray colored or slightly desiccated, they are tore up, and I mean TORE up. Each one is more than a little rotten, their faces eaten apart by the progression of their disease, and their costumes fall apart as the story goes on. Well, not just their costumes but their bodies as well; since they can’t heal at all any wound received is permanent, and they all receive quite a few wounds before the story reaches its conclusion. It was interesting to see them fall apart as the story went on; they go from looking like their normal selves in the beginning to desiccated, rotten but still walking (or flying in some cases) corpses. These are zombies George A. Romero would have been happy with.

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{Jarvis goes from butler to dinner}

As for the artwork, I can honestly say I have absolutely nothing to complain about. It’s a little bit different from what we’re used to seeing from Marvel but it is amazing none the less. It’s actually a great thing they went outside the box artistically for this one because their normal style just wouldn’t have worked out too well, not with all the gore and death being thrown into the mix. I’m guessing Marvel must have thought the same thing because the artwork in Marvel Zombies is not only amazing but on a whole new level for the comics company. Nowhere is this more evident than in the alternate zombie covers of some of Marvel’s classics comic covers. They take older covers from some of their most classic storylines (such as the wedding of Mary Jane and Peter Parker or “Spiderman No More”) and turn them into zombie covers with a genius that I can do little more than applaud.

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{Some examples of the variant cover art}

In the end this is something that zombie lovers and Marvel fans alike can’t help but go without, a story arc that for this fan is among one of the best.

 

 

The Undead Review

 

Published By: Marvel Comics

Written By: Robert Kirkman

Artwork By: Sean Phillips

About The Undead Review

When I was alive I was an asshole and after I died remained pretty much the same, if not a little worse. You’d think becoming a member of the walking dead would mellow a person out, no more worrying about awkward small talk with people, no more having to be politically correct, and the entire world is your upright, bipedal buffet. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun as hell to be a zombie, just somewhat irritating at times, especially those times you have to watch a lame movie or read a lame book. Thankfully, when I am forced to watch these films or read those books, I’ve got places like The Undead Review to bitch and moan to my heart’s content. {When he’s not devouring the living or sinking his teeth into a good film The Undead Review (Andy Taylor) spends his time writing his own stories or hunting down the paranormal. Oh, and did we mention his blind dog once saved the world?)
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