Friday, April 27, 2007

COMIC REVIEW - Marvel Zombies (2006)

Written by Robert Kirkman
Art by Sean Phillips, Randy Gentile, and June Chung

I guess you can consider this a quick comic review, since I haven't a format to put up a full review. In fact, it's the first time in years that I'm reviewing a comic book in any form... much less five.

So the crossover series Marvel Zombies vs. Army Of Darkness is coming out soon and I thought I take the time to talk about the original five-part miniseries that was put out some time last year. For those who don't know, Marvel Zombies is an alternate-universe miniseries in which all the superheroes are turned into flesh-eating zombies. The concept is pretty stupid, but it somehow works. The whole thing is set up so that the heroes are aware of their zombie status, but really can't do anything about it. It's certainly different from most zombie stories, where the zombies are depicted as mindless one-track idiots.

Marvel Zombie's art is gruesome, as it should be. There's a bit more gore in this story than most Marvel tales of this type and it's almost appropriate considering what we're dealing with. Some of the imagery is almost unsettling to a point, but it isn't anything offensive if you know what you're getting into. It's not like anybody's "little buddy" and spider-balls are hanging out in public.

All in all, this is a fairly entertaining miniseries that's good for a laugh or two. If at all possible, track this one down (either the issues or a trade paperback if one's available)


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