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Zombies Christmas Carol (Marvel Zombies)

3.17 of 5 stars 3.17  ·  rating details  ·  76 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Gather your family close, board up the doors, and heed well the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge - a man whom no fire could warm, whose cold heart pumped ice through his veins and whose lips uttered a firm "BAH!" to any sort of happiness. Learn from his experience as he is visited by the undead corpse of his old friend, Jacob Marley, on Christmas Eve. And join him on his journey t ...more
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published September 28th 2011 by Marvel
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I honestly wasn't expecting much out of this. A Christmas Carol with zombies? Not exactly promising. And yet, oddly, it actually works fairly well. What keeps this together, I think, is that McCann largely uses Dickens' original words, and what original text he adds he's careful to keep in essentially the same style. Not the easiest thing in the world to do. And he also manages to make an original, zombie-filled storyline fit into the basic story arc that one would expect from A Christmas Carol. ...more
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Jean-Pierre Vidrine
I have to confess that I have not actually read Charles Dickens' original work. To be honest, most of his work doesn't strike me as my sort of reading. But, given how much the creators of this work revered the original that they were "zombifying," I just might check out A Christmas Carol.
Adding zombies to classic books seems to be all the rage. Most of them have not interested me, but when I saw that Marvel (who've been doing their own take on zombies for some years now) were beating the prose p
Reprints Zombies Christmas Carol #1-5 (August 2011 to December 2011). Ebenezer Scrooge has a problem. He hates everyone around him and the Christmas holiday that reminds him of his past. When Scrooge was young, he was bitten by a sick horse that gave him something extra. Scrooge often hurts those who hurt him and those who are hurt become the Hungry Dead. Scrooge has been hurt a lot in his past and now the Hungry Dead threaten to overtake London. It is up to the visits from the Ghost of Christma ...more
I am not sure what I was expecting when I picked up this graphic novel other than I wonder how zombies can successfully fit in with the traditional story of "The Christmas Carol". For some reason, graphic novel writers seem to love zombies more than any other supernatural creatures and the results have been abysmal so far. I thought it was a nice storytelling element to portray the zombies' endless hunger for flesh as a metaphor for Scrooge's endless hunger for wealth. Hence it was not surprisin ...more
I always look for new editions or versions of Dickens' Christmas Carol every Christmas season, as it is another of my all-time favorites. It never gets old to me & is re-created in a multitude of variations, from the Muppets movie to beautifully illustrated books. This one is also fantastically illustrated, but in a most macabre, yet Victorian, style. I enjoyed reading this; only gave it 4 stars because I don't like zombie stories very much- give me vampires, werewolves, faeries, etc. but zo ...more
This was pretty good. I really liked the art a lot but obviously there weren't any big surprises. I can't remember if I've ever read the original so I was very curious how much of the text was the same.

It's funny because I thought it would have been really fun (but totally ridiculous) if Scrooge would have turned into the ultimate zombie killer and been totally armed to the teeth then wiped out the entire town.
Rachel Hall
Honestly this book only got two stars because I liked the artwork....and absolutely nothing else. I picked this up on a whim and and didn't have too high of hopes for it, which turned out to be accurate. The plot is a little too forced, with the two stories of victorian zombies and A Christmas Carol and sometimes the dialog seemed to literally be from two different stories. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, it will be waste of your time.
Scott McCloskey
Can't say enough good things about this tale. Excellent artwork, and it keeps well to the spirit of the original while adding in a horror aspect that excites the reader that much more. Clearly a lot of time went into crafting something truly enjoyable here for all walks of life. If you already enjoy comics, don't miss this one. If they aren't so much your thing, consider giving this one a chance anyway. I think you'll be glad you did.
Some interesting narrative choices complemented by wonderful illustrations by two graphic artists results in a very good graphic novel. I'm simply not the right audience for this. For more:
A twist to the classic Dickens tale adding zombies to mix. A very good read with brilliant artwork.
Disgustingly warped twist on an often-told tale, with beautifully-creepy artwork.
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Jim McCann is an award-winning writer of comic books, television, and theatre. He worked on several films and music videos before he was accepted into the ABC Daytime Writer Development Program. During that time he wrote for the popular ABC daytime drama One Life to Live. Upon moving to New York, he found a position at Marvel Comics, where he remained for six years, working in publicity and PR.

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