Sunday, April 4, 2010
Marvel Zombies: Dead Days
Publisher/Year: Marvel, 2009
Artists: Arthur Suydam, Sean Phillips, Greg Land, Mitch Breitweiser, Francis Portella
Writers: Robert Kirkman, Mark Millar, Reginald Hudlin
Collects: Ultimate Fantastic Four #21-23 & 30-32, Black Panther #28-30
A few years ago, I saw the original Marvel Zombies trade on the shelves at my local Borders. I thought "You've got to be kidding me! This is so ridiculous." But, I picked it up and read it anyways. Since I have always been a big fan of Marvel's What If...? and DC's Elsewhere books, that I thought I would give it a read just to see what it was like. It was a good book, but I was a little amazed that Marvel would put this type of storyline in continuity. I understand that Marvel and continuity have not always gone hand-in-hand in the past, but still... zombies in the Marvel Universe? Really?
Outside of my reservations of this book being run within the normal flow of the rest of the Marvel Universe, I found this trade to be a fun read with good artwork to compliment it. I love they way that classic covers have been parodied into zombie format. For just the covers alone, this trade was worth it. I wish I could take all the original covers, put them together with the zombie covers and print them on one big poster for my wall.
Having not been a fan of the Ultimate Fantastic Four series, this gave me a new perspective on the Marvel Universe where the FF weren't superheroes. Kind of an odd idea, but whatever works for them. Perhaps they hadn't heard "With great power comes great responsibility" yet. I didn't really care for the ultimate version of Reed Richards, but ultimate Susan Storm helped make up for that. The single character that I loved from the Ultimate Fantastic Four segments was Dr. Doom. I didn't like the name change to Victor Van Damme, but this Doom had me from his dramatic pose at the end of UFF #30. Very nice work from Greg Land and Mitch Breitweiser on that panel.
Unfortunately, I have since sold my original copy of Marvel Zombies, but I intend of claiming a new copy as well as picking-up the rest of the zombie series. Well worth the read, if you take it for what it's meant to be: something silly. These stories take you away from the hardcore drama that may be going through your normal weekly reads, and it does the job well.