Marvel Zombies: Dead Days

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When zombinated superheroes over run an alternate Marvel Earth, the undead version of Reed Richards, otherwise known as Mr. Fantastic, figures out a way to get them to a whole new tasty planet. Contains Marvel Zombies: Dead Days, Ultimate Fantastic Four #21-23 and 30-32, as well as Black Panther #28-30

There are superheroes and then there are zombies, the two don’t seem like they would go hand in hand (though they do seem to fit together rather well). Superheroes save people, zombies eat people so what does that mean when superheroes eat people? Do you see my conundrum? If a supervillian eats someone after becoming a zombie no one would bat an eye but for a superhero to eat someone is something else entirely. I believe this to be the greatest question mankind has ever had to answer since that whole thing about a tree falling on someone and no one being there to hear it scream. That’s how that question goes right?

This time around we start out at the very beginning of the plague with a certain friendly neighborhood Spider eating his beloved Mary Jane after finding himself a member of the living dead. Before long most of the superhero population is zombified, something we get to see full on finally (the first Marvel Zombies pretty much started off with almost all of the heroes and villains already zombified), the rest huddle in fear aboard S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters trying to finish a machine that will transport them to an alternate world. After having read the previous comic you can guess where it goes from there. This isn’t the end however as this story takes off in two different directions.

In the first, an undead Fantastic Four find their way into the universe of the Ultimate Fantastic Four and end up captured, but they won’t stay put for long.

In the second, our “real” Marvel Universe Fantastic Four of Earth-616 consisting of The Thing, The Human Torch, Strom, and The Black Panther wind up stuck in the universe of the Marvel Zombies and must fight their way out.

By the conclusion of both, the main point seems to be that this is far from the end of the Marvel Zombies.

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{Zombie Captain America (here known as Colonel America) loses his head in a fight against the Red Skull}

Okay, so by now the shock of seeing our favorite heroes as zombies has worn off, we get that some of these undead menaces now have limitless power thanks to gaining the power cosmic from eating the Silver Surfer, but there is still one thing we don’t know, how the hell did things get this bad. Thankfully, Dead Days answers that question by showing us what happened near the beginning, we don’t see the very beginning but it’s pretty damn close and the Ultimate Fantastic Four storyline leads right up to the very beginning of the first Marvel Zombies, with Magneto destroying the portal to save the Ultimate version of Reed Richards. The zombified Fantastic Four storyline starts to drag for a bit once the zombies are in custody, and the finish is…I mean it isn’t terrible it just…I don’t know, I just felt disappointed when it was over, but overall the story wasn’t a bad. The Black Panther led Fantastic Four bit, where they face off against the Galacti (the zombie superheroes who consumed Galactus after dispatching the Silver Surfer in the first Marvel Zombies) was a redeeming feature and I very much enjoyed the tale, but it still felt like grasping at straws. In other words, it just felt like they were trying to drag on something they didn’t know what to do with but wanted to keep alive.

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{The Galacti}

Now, that’s not to say that the set is bad, the first part about the beginning of the plague (the actual Dead Days) is everything that its predecessor was and more, showing individual characters succumbing to the zombie virus and destroying those they hold dear; Spiderman consumes his wife Mary Jane, The Avengers eat Jarvis, and Reed Richards infects his fellow Fantastic Four team in despair over the loss of his children. It’s at times chaotic, insane, and even heartbreaking, but it’s always amazing. The Ultimate Fantastic Four/Marvel Zombies crossover and the Galacti vs. Fantastic Four piece are what slowly brings the collection down. I won’t say they aren’t any good, each has their redeeming qualities, but I will say you could just get the Dead Days story and be perfectly happy. Yeah, you learn a little bit more about the plague and how it effected certain characters in the other two parts of the overall story but nothing especially interesting or necessary to the overall story of the Marvel Zombies.

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{The end of Mary Jane Parker}

As far as the artwork, it’s going to depend on which section you’re referring to. The Dead Days part continues the amazing artwork from the first Marvel Zombies set, so I’ve got no complaints there, nor do I have any complaints about the last piece detailing the further adventures of the Galacti. While the last part might not be original, it still showcases the artistic talent over at Marvel, not to mention the last bit is where we get to see the alternate zombie covers that I loved so much from the first set. The only piece I didn’t like is the middle part detailing the dealings between the Ultimate Fantastic Four and the Undead Frightful Four, but I’ve never been a huge fan of the Ultimate artwork, it’s always looked lackluster to me.

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{Some of the variant covers}

In the end, if all you care about is the main story of your favorite marvel superheroes becoming the walking dead then just find the single issue comic Dead Days. However, if you’re curious to see a little bit more on what happened to them and how they effected a few other dimensions then go ahead and pick up the full paperback, just prepare to be a little disappointed.

 

 

 

The Undead Review

 

 

Published By: Marvel Comics

Written By: Dead Days: Robert Kirkman, Ultimate Fantastic Four #21-23 and 30-32: Mark Miller, Black Panther #28-30: Reginald Hudlin

Artwork By: Dead Days: Sean Philips, Ultimate Fantastic Four #21-23 and #30-32: Greg Land, Black Panther #28-30: Francis Portela

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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