Thursday, October 09, 2008

Marvel Zombies 3 #1 (of 4)

Fred Van Lente & Kev Walker

Marvel Zombies 3 begins with a bang as the Florida-based superhero initiative group The Command is all but slaughtered by a new wave of the undead, led by Zombie Deadpool. Fred Van Lente takes over writing chores with Kev Walker on art, filling the big shoes of Robert Kirkman and Sean Phillips. But this time around, the superhuman zombies are invading the Marvel Universe as we know it, through some sort of portal in Man-Thing's swampland. There's gore, plenty of action and jokes, and we're introduced to A.R.M.O.R., an entity like S.H.I.E.L.D. and S.W.O.R.D., that stands for Alternate Reality Monitoring and Operational Response Agency. A.R.M.O.R. decides the best way to stop the contagion is by sending non-humans with no risk of infection like Machine Man to the zombie-infested dimension. So far, the title's on par with the previous Marvel Zombie mini-series. It's cute and playful, featuring fun characters from the Marvel U, like Morbius the Living Vampire, and obscure ones like Jocasta. And I love those movie poster parody covers (although it took me awhile to place the cover of the second issue, which parodies 28 Days Later), a nice change from the tired classic comic book cover parodies. A great start for the new series.

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