Marvel Zombies: Evil Evolution


When the Marvel Zombies meet up with the Marvel Apes one hell of a fight is bound to break out.

Hmmm, I’ve eaten a lot of things in my unlife besides humans. I mean, of course I’ve eaten my fair share of humans, so many humans, like a small army of humans at this point. Well, I should probably clarify, I’ve eaten a lot of bits of humans. I know I’m a fat guy, but even I couldn’t eat an entire person. I’ve finished off humans while among a group of zombies but never by myself. Funny thing about humans though, they’re not always so easy to catch when you’re trying to eat them, especially when you move with all the speed of an arthritic old man, so occasionally you need to find something else to eat besides the more tasty human treat. Pig is the closest thing you can eat next to a human, actually not that bad either to be honest. There’s times I’ve just been too lazy to chase a human and gone and picked up some pork instead.   Though pigs are the best, really anything can do in a pinch, cows, lambs, chickens, frogs, snakes, alligators, whatever’s available. Hell, even bugs will do if it gets bad. The one thing I have never tried though are apes, never once have I ever even thought about eating an ape. I’m sure they wouldn’t taste too bad all things considered, they are supposed to be close to humans in physiology. I just can’t see myself trying to eat one is all, not only are they cute as hell, but they’re super strong. Personally I don’t fancy getting an arm ripped off by an angry monkey, especially one with all the super powers of those in the Marvel Universe. Then again, I’m not a Marvel Zombie.

Our latest installment in the Marvel Zombie series actually goes back just a bit toward the beginning of the zombie plague with the world just having been overrun by the zombified superheroes (minus a still living Magneto). The Marvel Zombies are facing a major shortage of food though with the world’s entire living population having been consumed. They now scrounge around for any scraps they can find, but Mr. Fantastic thinks he may have found a solution in his newly created dimensional portal. Unfortunately, Giant Man and Wasp have overheard the Fantastic Four discussing the plan to use the portal to travel to other dimensions full of life for them to devour. The pair recruit a small group of undead heroes and take a trip through the portal to find a world populated entirely by ape versions of the Marvel heroes and are quickly sent running back (something apparently shown in another edition of Marvel Apes). The presence of the Marvel Zombies in the Marvel Apes world causes the apes great distress and they gather a large force of heroes to take the fight to the zombies and end the threat before it gets any worse. Meanwhile, a small group of dimensionally lost travelers including Marty Blank, an ape version of Speedball, Jane Potter, Ape X, Gorilla Girl, Red Ghost, and the Ghost’s trio of monkey companions find themselves transported to the zombie universe and must fight their way out, but with the Marvel Apes chaotically battling every Marvel Zombie they can get their hands on, our travelers are stuck with no way out and no hope of not getting stuck in the middle of the fight.


{Our cast of lost dimensional travelers}

This is, believe it or not, the first time I’ve ever been exposed to the Marvel Apes before. The Marvel lover that I am and I’d never checked them out. I’d heard of the Marvel Apes but to be perfectly honest, it sounded kind of silly. Marvel characters as apes? Yeah, not for me. I have to say though, I was completely wrong. It was pretty cool to see the heroes represented as apes. I actually liked it a lot more than I thought I would. It was corny for sure to hear some of their names, Iron Mandrill, Professor Xapier, Spider Monkey, but it was all around just a fun read. I’m going to have to go and look for some of the other ones now.


{The Marvel Apes looking pretty badass}

The story was definitely enjoyable and I had fun reading through the edition. Seeing the Marvel Zombies battling their ape counterparts was entertaining to say the least. As mentioned above, it most assuredly gets corny from time to time, but I didn’t think it took anything away from the story. If anything it made it that much more fun to read, almost like watching a movie that is so cheesy you end up really liking it. The only thing I wasn’t a fan of was the missing part of the story. The original battle that takes place between a group of Marvel Apes known as the Prime Eight and the Marvel Zombies that cross over is not a part of this short edition (it’s only one issue long). I would have liked to have seen that fight as the ending looked pretty horrific for the Marvel Zombies that traveled over, they reenter their universe looking beat to all hell. Speedball Ape explains a little bit of what transpired, but the entirety of it is part of another issue that I’ll now have to try and find. I would have liked that to have been included here.


{I’ll have to settle for zombie Mr. Fantastic’s head, still elastic by the way}

The artwork is interesting but nothing special, and a bit too childish for my tastes. I won’t say it’s bad because it’s really not, it’s just kind of kid friendly. Though this actually does work in the comic’s favor, going right along with the corny nature of the story and the Marvel Apes. Just don’t expect much gore in this addition to the Marvel Zombie universe. Though there are more than a few deaths, none of them show too much. Making this one of the tamer additions. I would be disappointed about the lack of any alternate covers but with a story that lasts one issue, it’s kind of difficult to do much in that department, though I did still think the cover was well done.


{As gory as it gets}

All in all, this is a good, if tame, addition to the storyline, and though I was initially worried that there might be some issues with the overall story of the Marvel Zombie universe, it wraps up rather nicely by the end.


The Undead Review


Published By: Marvel Publishing

Written By: Karl Kesel

Artwork By: Marcos Martin and Rob DiSalvo

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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