Marvel Zombies

EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Zombies 5

Fred Van Lente and Kano bring the super-powered undead back to life for another round of mayhem

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By Kevin Mahadeo

The best zombies always come back for more, which is why the Marvel Zombies rise again this April in MARVEL ZOMBIES 5, a five-issue limited series courtesy of writer Fred Van Lente and artist Kano.

"What I've tried to do ever since they gave me the Zombies assignment was to do something different every time," explains the writer. "Folks who read [MARVEL ZOMBIES 4] know that at the end Jack Russell, Werewolf by Night, was infested with the zombie virus. Morbius the Living Vampire wants to cure his friend and in order to do that he needs to somehow figure out a way to unlock a cure for zombie-ism. He recruits his old pal Machine Man from MARVEL ZOMBIES 3, who is back and is again the star of the series, and sends him across the multiverse to take samples from different kinds of zombies."

MARVEL ZOMBIES 5 #1 cover by Rafa Garres
Van Lente notes that each issue of MARVEL ZOMBIES 5 features a variation on the zombie theme from throughout popular culture. From the slow-moving George Romero style to the crazed infected from "28 Days Later" to even the Deadites in "Evil Dead," the writer equates the limited series to a "smorgasbord [or] salad bar for the zombie connoisseur." But as variety is the spice of life, Van Lente decided to sweeten things up even more by also setting each issue against an assortment of backdrops.

"We've got zombies in the Old West, we've got zombies in Killraven's War of the Worlds, we've got zombies in Camelot," he exclaims. "I like the storytelling challenge of taking a straight-forward genre and twisting it into pretzels. It's also fun to come up with new ways to eviscerate zombies."

As mentioned earlier, zombie hunter and Agent of A.R.M.O.R. Aaron Stack returns as the central character of the title. Van Lente shares that he always liked the Machine Man, whether as the classic conflicted hero from his self-titled Jack Kirby series or as the drunken proponent of robot rights from NEXTWAVE.

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"I see Aaron Stack as someone who can't help himself and is compulsively heroic," he argues. "Some people have to control drug addictions and some people have to control kleptomania, but Aaron, if he finds himself in a situation where heroism is required, he just thrusts himself into it. That's the aspect that I like exploring."

Since fighting off zombie hordes always proves tough work, a new companion joins Stack on his reality hopping adventure. Unfortunately, the identity of that individual remains a secret for now with Van Lente only revealing that the character will be someone well known in the Marvel Universe and someone he's been dying to write. However, wanting to give fans a small sampler before the big buffet, the writer did let slip some info that should get a few spider senses tingling:

"Morbius appears in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #622 and it sort of bridges MARVEL ZOMBIES 4 and MARVEL ZOMBIES 5 pretty well. Spider-Man also

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plays an integral part in MARVEL ZOMBIES 5, but only a specific part of him. How's that for cryptic?"

 

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9 comments
Count-Giraffe
Count-Giraffe

MARVEL Zombies Return was an absolute disappointment. I wish MARVEL had gotten Kirkman back to do a proper sequel, because everything that was established by the first two was completely ignored in MZ Return. I can't say I'm looking forward to MZ 5, considering that nothing new or creative has happened since the second installment of the series. Robert Kirkman really needs to come back to this series, its beginning to stagnate from bad writing and redundant jokes and gore. The first two MZ got my blood pumping, I wish the sequels would've done the same.

Dinsdale123
Dinsdale123

Anything with X51 is going to be amazing. If this is the only way to get more, then long live the Zombie-verse! :wink:We need more Machine Man!

colossalpikachu
colossalpikachu

You guys are thinking about this waaaayyy too much. Just go with the idea of zombie superheroes and enjoy the ride. I must admit though I am getting a bit tired of the Zombieverse, I've not Read Marvel Zombies Return yet (waiting for the TPB) so I have no idea if that wraps things up in normal continuity but I wish they'd resolve everything and move onto something new. I liked the Marvel Werewolves idea from the Army of Darkness arc so it would be cool to see some other variations of the multiverse for a change.

Winter_So1dier
Winter_So1dier

one more thing. have they ever explained how headpool can talk without vocal cords?

tugrul.sahin
tugrul.sahin

I am someone who dislikes Wolverine when he makes one too many a cameo, unless he's very well written. He should be immune to the zombie virus as well. This stuff should be well thought through. I hate too much little continuity errors in a book. They distract me. Some writers wouldn't like continuity to stand in the way of their story, but they can't use someone else than Wolverine of course. =/

nfomale
nfomale

Last explanation I got is he turned human in daylight time......was infected, but still could channel powers and since the controller of powers was flesh hungry zombie......But yeah I am in same confused scenario, like how was Silver Surfer eaten? Hulk or not, decaying zombie teeth/jaw bit through metal before silver surfer thought to vaporize the area like a nuclear bomb?

Winter_So1dier
Winter_So1dier

[quote@nfomale When are they going to show the invulnerable people? Has to be some that can't be infected. Like Darwin, evolves to protect himself from anything. Juggernaut not invulnerable? Sandman made of sand, so hows he not invulnerable? Apocalypse? There are alot more....but I know limited imaginations of the writers only use these series to dredge up characters no one (a very few) follow like Machine Man, Morbius, Wolfman etc.....And lastly, why would Machine Man be the robot that comes to mind for a Zombie killer? Why not Vision, Warlock, Mainframe, or even some of the more interesting bad bots like Ultron? If your going to go the route of robot/androids that no one cares about then I am sure Dragon Man and others will be in there soon.....[/quote] im still trying to wrap my head around how ghost rider became a zombie. if anyone, he should be the one taking them out, forget about the robots

nfomale
nfomale

When are they going to show the invulnerable people? Has to be some that can't be infected. Like Darwin, evolves to protect himself from anything. Juggernaut not invulnerable? Sandman made of sand, so hows he not invulnerable? Apocalypse? There are alot more....but I know limited imaginations of the writers only use these series to dredge up characters no one (a very few) follow like Machine Man, Morbius, Wolfman etc.....And lastly, why would Machine Man be the robot that comes to mind for a Zombie killer? Why not Vision, Warlock, Mainframe, or even some of the more interesting bad bots like Ultron? If your going to go the route of robot/androids that no one cares about then I am sure Dragon Man and others will be in there soon.....

Thorcules
Thorcules

Given Fred's love of mythology, he should do a Marvel Zombies story with the voodoo death god Sagbata.