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Marvel Zombies (Marvel Zombies #1)

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On an Earth shockingly similar to the Marvel Universe's, an alien virus has mutated all of the world's greatest super heroes into flesh-eating monsters! It took them only hours to destroy life as we know it - but what happens when they run out of humans to eat?
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published August 9th 2006 by Marvel
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mark monday
in a post-apocalyptic world, a group of friends and allies struck down by a zombie plague manage to rise again and come together to fight an even greater threat to the world - as well as cope with their own constant appetites. of course, the friends and allies in question are a gallery of classic Marvel characters, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, the Wasp, and Ant-Man.

Robert Kirkman is known for his popular work with zombies in the comic and tv series The Wa...more
Sesana
I think I expected this to be mindless fluff, entirely disposable and without any redeeming characteristics. And ok, it kind of is. But it's also a lot better than anything called Marvel Zombies has any right to be.

It's obviously an excuse to see familiar faces in zombie disguise, but shockingly, it would also work nearly as well with entirely original characters. Yes, it's even more amusing that it's Spider-Man who ate his wife and aunt (and feels terrible about it, really) but that scene would...more
John Wiswell
Aug 14, 2007 John Wiswell rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Marvel comics fans, horror readers, dark humor readers
Robert Kirkman wrote (and still writes) what may be the best modern zombie story over in The Walking Dead, so Marvel Comics hired him to write about a zombie plague breaking out in their spandex-friendly universe. The result is almost the polar opposite of The Walking Dead. For one thing, it's funny. Very, horribly funny. Funny in a "I'm keeping him for leftovers" way. Funny in a "Spider-Man ate his aunt" way. Funny in the bloodiest, most creative and most shameless ways Kirkman could come up wi...more
Paul
Author Robert Kirkman follows some of the best zombie fiction in recent memory (The Walking Dead) with a collection from one of the most unexpected venues for a flesh-hungry genre. Collecting upon years of Marvel Comic super-hero references, Kirkman has used some of the superheroes I grew up fascinated by to display the kind of twisted, disgusting, morbid imagination that only a fellow Kentucky comic enthusiast could enjoy.

Ok, so that's not really true...these comics sold out so many times that...more
Sean Kennedy
Robert Kirkman may be brilliant elsewhere, but this entire concept was just woeful. Mindless (pun intended) shock value that just reads like bad AU fan fiction.
Craig
I like zombies and Marvel's superheroes, and this book could be characterized as a classic Marvel team-up of them. It works better that the X-Men/Star Trek crossover. It's more than a little disturbing and depressing and disquieting and a whole of other words that start with the letter "D," but it accomplishes what it sets out to do. The subtle subtext of Hank Pym biting off The Wasp's head was a bit over the top, but perhaps served to illustrate the foundation of their relationship in the "real...more
Attila Cthulhuson
I was surprised to like this. I'm terrified by zombies and not a huge fan of comics with characters already built in another media. Ie I like self-contained comics rather than serials and comics using extant characters, thus saving the author having to build a character. But I knew enough about the characters to dig, and even if I didn't it's still a funny read. Sentient zombies with super powers. Yay. I await the night terrors.

Not a large amount of story, but fun and a decent stand-alone if you...more
Federiken Masters
Jul 13, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Los que no consigan la Deluxe
Recommended to Federiken by: Rhockman hace mucho
Leído dentro de la edición Deluxe que incluye las precuelas (el especial y los capítulos de UF4). Casi casi alcanzaría las cuatro estrellitas por sí solo, pero como esta versión queda bastante "incompleta" y, por lo tanto, sin gran parte de la gracia, redondeo para abajo. Pero que conste que sería un 3.5 al menos.
Paul
I guess these is one of those love it or hate it ones... I thought it was pretty dreadful once you get past the first few pages of laughing as all the Marvel heroes get turned into zombies. The problem for me is that there basically is no story to it...
Kevin Fanning
Feb 17, 2010 Kevin Fanning rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: single teenage boys
Shelves: apocalypse-lit
Reading this book I understood what it's like to be my mom at the movies. "What? They're zombies? But they talk? And use science? That couldn't happen. Stupid."
Juan Carlos
To think that several superheroes can fall for an epidemic is hard to digest, but watching them dwelling between whats good and whats corrects makes it interesting. Sadly, some of the most brutal, yet moral decisions taken throught out the story aren't compelling enough to make you care for this fallen supers. While the intrerverse transition is also another interesting point to the series, I lost most of my interest when you realize that the handful of survivors that made it past the fight wont...more
Kathryn
Amusing, gross, and inconsistent. The writing was terrible.
Mario
This review originally appeared on my blog, Shared Universe Reviews.

This is a story of an alternate universe were the entirety of the Marvel Universe is infected by a zombie virus. Most of your favourite superhero characters (name a few) are flesh eating monsters. Their only goal is to feed; their only concern is when they will feed next. The idea boils down to zombies with superpowers. It sounds good for about a second, after which it starts to sound like a pretty terrible ideas. It’s difficu...more
Andy Veo
Marvel Zombies is a five-issue compilation written by Robert Kirkman, a writer for The Walking Dead (comic). Kirkman imagines a universe in which Earth's superheroes and -villains are infected by a zombie virus, obliterate humanity, and bring about dystopia. The zombified Ant-Man, "Colonel" America, Hulk, Iron Man, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Wasp, and Wolverine are the lead characters, providing as much humor as grisliness.

Marvel Zombies' strength is in novelty: the characters are amusing and the a...more
Éamon
Jun 19, 2014 Éamon rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYBODY STILL STAY AWAY
The wave of reading through my shitty comics continues. This one I've read several times in the past, having been easily entertained back in the day. It's unlikely I'd be the first one to *repeat* that the dialogue is repetitive and stupid. Completely desecrates the characters, worlds, and lives of entire decades of comics development. All so they can consume each other, kill each other, and do numerous disgusting things to themselves, each other, and every living and dead thing they can find. R...more
Megan
As a fan of Marvel Comics, and as a fan of the horror / zombie genre, I knew that I had to pick up a copy of Marvel Zombies. I was not disappointed. Like other reviewers have said, the story line itself is quite lacking. The entirety of this volume is basically get hungry, eat things, lament about what they've done, get hungry, eat more things, and so on. It would have been nice to have a little bit more of the backstory included in this volume instead of the blurb you get that tries to catch yo...more
Holden Attradies
It really is amazing that such a cheesy seeming premise came out sooooooooooooo good and so readable. And it could have been just so so, still good but not amazing, but Kirkman really is good at knocking things up an extra knock and thinking outside the box just enough to make things great while staying true to a genre/medium. And in this case it was making the protagonists (well... maybe that's not the right word, how about "main characters") be the zombies them selves.

I'm a big zombie fan, but...more
Mike Jozic
Originally when I'd heard about this series I thought it was possibly the worst idea put to paper since Secret Wars II. Sure, Kirkman is a great writer and his Walking Dead series is sheer brilliance, but Marvel characters as zombies? Do we really need to see more lame marketing stunts like that last Marvel super-hero-as-Transformer thing a year or so ago?

What I didn't know at the time was that this was a story inspired by something kooky done over in Ultimate Fantastic Four, a book which I was...more
Erick
Dec 29, 2008 Erick rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of zombies.
Shelves: zombies
Awesome book!

At first I was a little hesitant to get into the story simply because the Marvel Zombies were still cognizant of who they were and didn't lumber and slouch around like the zombies I have seen in George Romero films or in other zombie comics such as The Walking Dead (the author of which was also the author here: Robert Kirkman). However, that hesitation gave way and added to my enjoyment of the story because watching the characters brutally kill and devour other persons knowing they...more
Erik
Now that I’m obsessing on all things Kirkman and zombies, I’m doing what I never thought I would just a mere year ago when I ran into two Marvel Zombies junkies at the last year’s San Diego Comic-Con: Pick said collection up with serious intent.

First off, The Walking Dead this ain’t. Rather, this initial five-issue series centers on the last surviving superheroes on Earth – most of them being zombified Avengers like Colonel America, Iron Man, Thor, Hank “Giant Man” Pym, and the Wasp, to name th...more
Adam Dunlap
A while ago, Mark Millar spun a tale during his run on Ultimate Fantastic Four in which an alternate reality was introduced in which Marvel's first family were zombified flesh eaters. Well, just imagine if pretty much all of the Marvel universe heroes and villains were the flesh eating undead, only they still had their powers and wits about them. Robert Kirkman, best known for his incredible Walking Dead series, knows a few things about zombies, and the yarn he spins here is one of the guiltiest...more
Vanessa
I don't know if I've just lost my mind but, yes, I'm going to say 4 stars for this limited run Marvel series written by Robert Kirkman, appropriately, of Walking Dead fame. The editor is Ralph Macchio. Yes, wax on, wax off Macchio.

I don't know how to describe this other than it's gory, cheeky fun. It might be kind of horrifying to see your favorite Marvel heroes (Thor, Spiderman, Wolverine, Captain America, et cetera infinity) turned into zombies that, having eaten all the humans on the planet,...more
Brandon
Jul 29, 2008 Brandon rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Marvel comics, Fans of horror/zombie fiction
Shelves: own
I originally picked up this book on a whim with no real expectations. I had heard nothing of the series and thought, at first, that it was a joke. After reading through this five-issue miniseries, I am definately glad I stumbled across it. The series breaks off from a storyline in the Ultimate Fantastic 4 (which I also hadn't read) in which a dimension is discovered where the Earth had been overrun with a virus turning the infected into undead...which, when the world contains super-powered heroe...more
Erin *Series Addict*
*Spoilers in the descriptive part of this review*

Who would have thunk that the beloved heroes they grew up with would land in such a bizarre story? I know most children watched on with fascination as Spiderman merrily weaved his web, as Wolverine sharpened his claws, while Captain American shielded the innocent from the depraved, and even while the Incredible Hulk beat his chest in ego. It would have been difficult to imagine then that a story would come along showing the world saviors have plac...more
Karen Case
This was... interesting. I'm thinking that maybe it wasn't a good choice as a first comic book to read. I am used to the normal book way of telling stories and conveying information, and I've read a few graphic novels, but I was not really that impressed with comic books. I don't really like the way that the story was told, in some areas it was mildly hard to follow, and the dialog was really cheesy. After as much hype for the Marvel comic books, I expected a lot more out of this.
Jd
I've heard about Marvel:Zombies before and had no desire to read it. I felt like I got the premise. The Marvel superheroes we've all grown up with and love become zombies. That being said, after learning that Robert Kirkman, author of The Walking Dead series, wrote the story, I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did. I don't want to give too much of the plot away if anyone hasn't read at least the 1st part yet but I will say, and again I hope I'm not spoiling anything, the plot revolves around...more
Matthew
How disappointing. I thought that this would be something worth picking up and going through, just because the thought of super powered zombies would be interesting ... but instead, the whole book was just them complaining and whining about how it was inhuman what they were doing.



Instead of what I thought it would be -- living super heroes vs. zombified super heroes, the story picks up after the fact, and is a post-postapocolyptic world, where the zombies are now looking for food. True, this is...more
Edmole
Aaaaarrrrghhhhhh! These stories are what would happen if a super-virulent strain of zombifying virus got into the superheroes of The Marvel Universe. It is so upsetting! Pretty much everyone gets destroyed! It makes everyone awful. The best and most reassuring thing about comics is that the central group of ultradudes tend to, somewhere along the way, get better, beat the odds, do the right thing etc. But in this they are totally destroyed by the hunger and they don't 'win'. It's probably more l...more
Sarah
This book was graphic, violent, bloody, gory, disgusting, revolting, amoral, and unambiguously dark. It was also a fairly decent although short read with a surprisingly straightforward story - with an ending and a major twist that carries momentous repercussions. Also, it was perhaps not the best book to read right before going to bed. Hello, super hero zombie nightmares!
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