Marvel Zombies 3

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When the Marvel Zombies (specifically an undead but no less of a smart ass Deadpool) make their way to our universe, it’s up to The Alternate Reality Monitoring and Operational Response Agency or A.R.M.O.R. to stop our world from falling into their hands. Collecting Marvel Zombie 3: 1 – 4.

You know when I first picked this one up I was ecstatic to find out that none other than Machine Man was going to be the star of Marvel Zombies 3. Next to Deadpool, the mechanical man with the plan has been a favorite of mine since he grew to disdain human kind or “fleshies” as he likes to call you meatsacks. Then what does Marvel go and do with him? They have him go on a nonstop and brutal rampage killing zombie after zombie as he goes that, while I have to admit is pretty damn cool, is still a pretty damn harsh statement on his part. Oh well, I got an even better trade in the deal anyway, Undead Deadpool, The Merc with Half a Mouth.

We get a whole new turn in the Marvel Zombies storyline with Marvel Zombies 3, starting out with the zombie menace making its way to the universe we all know and love in the form of the aforementioned zombie Deadpool. When he wipes out all but one of Florida’s finest superheroes before being brought down, Dr. Michael Morbius (otherwise known as The Living Vampire) decides a cure for the disease must be developed now but he needs a blood sample from a living human in the zombies’ home universe. This is where he needs two mechanical heroes for the job, namely Machine Man Aaron Stack and his onetime girlfriend Jocasta, the only two on Earth not only suited for a hostile trip to another dimension but incapable of contracting the virus themselves. What the two find upon arrival is horrendous, the few remaining Marvel Zombies that survived the Galacti’s onslaught have banded together, feeding on cloned humans thanks to a now undead Kingpin (though as he’s not a metahuman I’m not sure why he became a zombie). As the machines hunt for any still surviving noncloned humans, it begins to become apparent that the Kingpin has a plan in motion to spread the disease beyond its dimensional borders and his plan involves a certain vampire running our dimension’s A.R.M.O.R.

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{An Undead Deadpool attacks}

I was both excited and curious when I picked up the pages of Marvel Zombies 3. Would they take our zombies someplace new or would they continue on with the story of the Galacti? They did, after all, end the last one in a cliffhanger in which the fate of the Galacti and their new companions was uncertain. Well, this one forgets about that and takes us on a whole new path and while I can’t forgive them ignoring that they left us hanging last time around, I have to admit to it being a smart decision on their part. The Galacti part of the Marvel Zombies storyline had gone as far as it was going to go and there wasn’t much more to do with it other than end it. Thankfully the #2 ending isn’t a huge cliffhanger so it’s not like we can’t go on without knowing what happened (I don’t want to give it away so sorry for the vagueness) and a whole nother set featuring the Galacti might have killed off Marvel Zombies for good, but since I have Marvel Zombies 4 to look forward to next, I’m going to assume most others agreed with the decision as well.

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{Background characters, otherwise known as Deadpool fodder}

So why did I enjoy this one so much so that I can almost (almost mind you, almost) forgive them forgetting what they did with the last set? Namely they took the story to a different place, leaving the Galacti behind and beginning a new chapter altogether. It was interesting to see a group of the undead heroes trying to remain fed despite a loss of “wild” humans or those not being cloned. Though I have to admit to being a little curious as to why Black Panther and his band of survivors (shown in part 2) never detected the zombies remaining in New York City. They supposedly scanned the entire planet before they came back from space so why was this zombie enclave not detected? Just saying…

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{Like an elementary school cafeteria}

The artwork for #3 is taken over by Kev Walker so while it remains true to the series it takes on a new direction as well. This isn’t a bad thing. The artwork is still amazing and the goriest we’ve seen yet, really pushing the blood and guts. And yes, the alternate covers are there as well, only this time there’s a bit of a spin to them as well, taking on movie covers as well as older Marvel comic covers. In fact my favorite covers this time around are the two movie covers taking on Army of Darkness and Evil Dead 2 respectively with the first having Machine Man (as opposed to A. of D.’s Ash) standing over a group of crawling undead while Jocasta grovels around his leg and the second having Jocasta being pulled down by a hand Evil Dead 2 style.

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This was definitely a great addition to the series and something I was really impressed with. If you have the other additions then you’re going to want to pick this one up but if you’ve never touched the series before, this would be a point you could pick it up without ever having to read the others. Either way, I think you’ll be happy.

 

 

The Undead Review

 

Published By: Marvel Publishing

Written By: Fred Van Lente

Artwork By: Kev Walker

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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