Now we must start upon one of the longest series I’ll cover, “Marvel Zombies.” Teased as the first meeting of the Ultimate and regular universe, Marvel got everyone when they revealed that it was not so. Ultimate Reed Richards was contacted by what appeared to be the regular Reed. Turns out he was a zombie from another universe and he brought Reed to his universe, where almost everyone has been bitten and turned into zombies. Reed escaped with help from Magneto, who destroyed the zombies’ teleporter. This is where we will begin.
Magneto lies on the ground, injured from the teleporter’s explosion, and surrounded by zombies. He battles them across the city, putting a good fight, killing Hawkeye, breaking Spider-Man’s leg, and slicing off Colonel America’s forehead. He is bitten by Wasp and then eaten by the group of zombies. The zombies discuss their zombie biology until the Silver Surfer appears, but disappears before the zombies can attack him. The group decides to wait for Iron Man to show up, while Hank Pym (Giant Man) goes back to his lab to find his wife, Wasp.
At his lab it is shown that he has Black Panther tied to a board to be used as food for himself. Hank is caught eating T’Challa’s leg by the Wasp, so he bites her head off and spits it out. Iron Man joins the zombie group and the Silver Surfer appears again to herald in the arrival of Galactus. The zombies attack the Surfer, and he manages to slice Iron Man’s body in half, destroy one of Wolverine’s arms, and fry Hulk’s face. The fight ends when Hulk bites the Surfer’s head off, and Wolverine, Colonel America, Giant Man, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Luke Cage eat his body. Eating Surfer gives these zombies the power cosmic, and they use it to kill most other zombies.
We cut to Black Panther and the Wasp’s head walking down the street. They are confronted by a group of mutants looking for Magneto, who take Panther back to Asteroid M (Magneto’s base in the Earth’s orbit.) Back to the zombies, Galactus appears to devour the planet. He shoots lasers at the zombies, blasting off Luke Cage’s left side. They escape back to Hank Pym’s lab, where they build a laser cannon to enhance their cosmic blasts. When they look at Galactus, they see an army of villains also fighting Galactus. They fire the cannon at Galactus twice, causing him to fall down. The “hero” zombies rush in to try and eat Galactus and fight the villain zombies.
Colonel America is killed in the fight, when Red Skull rips his exposed brain out. The zombies finally reach Galactus’s body, and proceed to eat him. We cut to 5 years later, with the people of Asteroid M returning to Earth. Panther has prosthetic limbs and Wasp is now a head in a jar on a robot body. They find the planet has no one left on it, as if the zombies have left. We see another world, which appears to be inhabited by the chrome cousins of the Xenomorphs. The Marvel Zombies appear in their Galacti attire and prepare to eat the aliens, ending the story.
Well this was quite a short review, but let’s get to the rating anyway.
Plot: What a fantastic concept. Instead of focusing on heroes fighting zombies, we see the lives of zombie versions of heroes we know.
Characters: Again, we know these characters. We get to see them at their worst, with Giant-Man and his horrible deeds, and Spider-Man’s guilty conscious still existing. They balance this out with some dark comedy, and character building.
Action: The action is a bit gory, but what do expect from a zombie comic? Magneto’s fight in particular shows his genius tactics and power. After that it becomes more of a laser show, and less interesting.
Art: The art is pretty great, with dark shadows and heavy inking to set up this horrible world.
Ending: The comic uses “The end?” as it’s ending, and it does leave off with a great set up for another comic. There will be a point where “The end?” will become annoying, but not in this one, as it was the first go.
Final Thoughts: I have read all of Marvel Zombies, and about all of the spin-offs and sequels. This is the second best of all Marvel Zombies material that I have read. It’s great in character, art, action, and the premise could have carried this much farther. It somehow manages to be ridiculous, but reasonable and it moves along at it’s own special pace. Now, for the first time on Vintage Bullet, the Vintage rating has been given.(Applause, and cheers of the children should be playing as you read that last line)