Wizard World Philadelphia 2009

WWPhilly '09: Marvel Zombies Return

Writer Fred Van Lente and a horde of horror hosts resurrect everyone’s favorite ravenous undead

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By Jim Beard You can't keep a good zombie down, especially when it's a Marvel Zombie! This September the fan-favorite fiends return, but in an entirely unexpected manner! MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN chronicles the newest adventures of the undead versions of such popular Marvel heroes as Spider-Man, Wolverine, the Hulk and more. MARVEL ZOMBIES 4 writer Fred Van Lente will head up the five-issue event, aided by three novelists who know their way around a zombie or three. "With Fred being one of the most in-demand scribes here at the House of

Ideas, this was another great opportunity to bring in additional voices to the party," says editor William Rosemann. "Just as Fred jumped in and reinvigorated the Zombies franchise, the tradition continues with new blood being pumped into the undead. And who better to write the further tales of our frightening flesh-eaters than some of today's most popular zombie novelists?" Rosemann also points out that MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURNS requires no previous knowledge of any of the MARVEL ZOMBIES series to enjoy the new event. "If you've read MARVEL ZOMBIES 1 and 2, then here's where the zombie versions of Spider-Man and Wolverine were zapped to—but if you haven't read those stories, never fear," he assures. "The action in MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN begins from the very first page, and is crafted with you in mind. All the info you need to enjoy the feeding frenzy will be supplied—as will the victims!" MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN: SPIDER-MAN features Van Lente and artist Nick Dragotta and spins the wrecked wall-crawler into a mystery deep in his own past. "Zombie Spidey has been transported in time as well as in space—specifically, back to the swinging 60's era of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN," explains Van Lente. "This story actually is a riff on AMAZING #68, in which a mysterious tablet is on display at Empire State University that may contain the secret to curing our undead Wall-Crawler of his zombieism. The question is, will Zombie Spider-Man get to it before the Kingpin and the Sinister Six, and can he hold off the hunger long enough to do what he couldn't do in his own universe, save Mary Jane Watson? Or once a monster, always a monster?"

MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN: IRON MAN spotlights the canned cretin at one of the most challenging points in his past, written by "Monster Island" novelist David Wellington and penciled by Andrea Mutti. "Here Iron Man—Tony Stark—is human, very, very human, facing a threat unlike anything he's seen before," says Wellington. "He's also at his absolute lowest point, strung out on alcohol and feeling like a loser. He's not a super hero here. He's a guy with a lot of problems, and they're dragging him down. What he can do, though, even when he's so far gone, what he can achieve is going to be the mark of his real character. We get to find out if Tony is a real hero, or just a guy with a really cool set of toys. The results may surprise some readers!" MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN: WOLVERINE, snikting your way courtesy of "Patient Zero" writer—and incoming BLACK PANTHER scribe—Jonathan Maberry and artist Jason Shawn Alexander, sets the undead Logan against some of the Marvel Universe's greatest martial artists. "There's a lot of good storytelling that can be done with martial artists and the living dead," Maberry claims. "In my installment it's more 'chop socky' than kung-fu, with an emphasis on 'chop.' Kung-fu doesn't fare too well against super-powered zombies at the best of times, and when the super-powered zombie in question is Wolverine, then the line-up of kung-fu heroes is more like a buffet at a sushi bar." MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN: HULK smashes along on the moon with "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" novelist Seth Grahame-Smith—making his comics debut—and artist Richard Elson.

"I guess the one big similarity between 'classic' zombies and Marvel Zombies is that they're both crazy about brains," muses Grahame-Smith. "But I'll give Zombie Hulk a little credit: he has a brief moral struggle here with his new-found hunger for gray matter. Very brief. I guess you could call that heroic. But beyond that, he doesn't have much trouble getting in touch with his inner zombie. Just ask the people of Manhattan." And then MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN: AVENGERS wraps it all up with Fred Van Lente on words, Wellinton Alves on pictures and a terrifying troop of the Earth's Moldiest Heroes overflowing the pages. "I can tell you that the 'event' [that brings them together] is the massive, apocalyptic climax to the entire MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN series," notes Van Lente. "It's called 'Carnage on Infinite Earths' and involves the Blue Area of the Moon in a very significant way. Just remember these words, and where they come from: "'Nobody knows what caused this exactly, but some people think it might have been a punch.'"
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JekyllGrim
JekyllGrim

Marvel Zombies are again horrible, disgusting and great. I was not disappointed... Well, partly I was.First, there's one thing I consider a huge flaw. Why the hell did their Hunger come back? Spider-Man can't control himself, Giant Man eats Watcher without even thinking, Wolverine goes insane... Why? Didn't they overcome it? Didn't they stop feeling it? Didn't they act like heroes, weren't they considered friends of New Wakanda? Weren't they absolutely OK when they were teleported on Earth-Z? They why these sudden outbursts?Second point is the absence of implants. Spidey's severed leg, Wolverine's hand, etc. Where are they? Why are they suddenly OK?Then... Spidey's organic webshooters. Where are they from? I thought Earth-2149-Spider-Man had his normal mechanical webshooters. He mentioned being out of webbing not once. So what was that? What muscle reflexes, what was that all about? He didn't have them in Marvel Zombies #1-2!Well, we could accept the fact that Wolverine got his hand back, because of his regeneration... But, oh, why is Wolverine's healing factor working? Wasn't it mentioned that his healing factor "ain't working squat"?Despite how good it was, that's tooo many mistakes, you know...

BlackSamurai
BlackSamurai

Incidentally, I posited that the most recent Marvel Zombies book was losing its luster because the focus was well away from what made the MZ minis actually appealing: the Marvel characters as zombies. Bringing them to the (supposed) regular MU, was risky enough because no one would expect that our popular main denizens of 616 would ever be zombified so [i] holds would become barred[/i] , but what added to the loss of momentum was that the focus fell too much on the monsters hunting them and away from the Marvel zombies that were a hit. They're definitely fixing that now, but will they be going too far with it with all the lead up books?As for the supposed 'punch that started it', when it comes to alternate realities and the blue area of the moon, that gets me thinking the Watcher; thus, Red Hulk's delivery to Uatu may be getting blamed for this one.

Jc211
Jc211

Yeah hulk died. But the zombie Living Vampire got staked and he is still alive (probably because the vampire part died and the zombie part took over).

mb0055
mb0055

Awesome!When will these be on sale?!!I will, like a fool, buy all of them, plus the stupid-gimmicky variant covers, just cause I like zombies sooooooooooooooo much.More gore!

Derek_Metaltron
Derek_Metaltron

Well I'm glad the team have taken my advice and decided to settle the question of where the Marvel Zombies came from once and for all, I have to say I'm interested to see what caused the plague in the first place (it certainly involved Magneto to an extent).

PyroTwilight
PyroTwilight

So it sounds like they'll end Marvel Zombies with a time paradox? Have the Zombie Avengers infect Sentry who time travels to before anyone knows about him and infect the Avengers?That'd blow. I've been wanting to see Zombie Sentry's origin.

Jc211
Jc211

Solanum (What the zombie virus in real life is called (Many explores in the 15th century reported zombies on this one island and dubbed it solanum) kills the body's cells (thus no pain felt) but controls the brain. Solanum makes the brain completely self-sufficient thus no [u] need[/u] for food, water, or air. But thats all nonsense (or is it?) so none of that matters. Except the concept of that was used to create the Marvel zombie virus/ hunger gospel. In the end, its a comic so no real bases is needed.

SpiderXombie
SpiderXombie

To be completely truthful, I never really understood the appeal of a zombie-fied character.In the most general sense, zombies tend to be mindless shambling corpses who only reason for even trying to move about is to consume the living.Having read a little of the Marvel Zombie series, I understand that the twist in this universe is the fact that the zombism is caused by a curse of some kind (I never really got that part, sorry), but it still presents the brain-eating conundrum of a zombie being undead.A living character, if they are to become a zombie, must die to do so.This means that the brain ceases to function, and a character will lose any and all memories attached to their living.Though, I guess this is a magical curse, so pretty much anything goes.Still weirds me out seeing Spidey all decayed and stuff.*shudder*

Jc211
Jc211

Yay? I love the Marvel Zombies comics... but. 5 different off-shoots at $4 each? I am a little disappointed.