Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Marvel Zombies 2 Hardcover Review

Marvel Zombies 2
Marvel Comics
Oversized Hardcover
128 pages
$19.99 (2008)
$15.99 (2009) TPB
ISBN 9780785125457

Contributors: Robert Kirkman, Sean Phillips, June Chung, Randy Gentile, Rus Wooton, and Arthur Suydam

Reprints: Marvel Zombies 2 #1-5 (of 5)

Synopsis: It has been decades since the infected zombie heroes left Earth to devour life across the cosmos.  Under the leadership of the Black Panther humanity has rebuilt itself in the ruins of Wakanda.  Survival is still uncertain and the Panther has grown old.  It's time for him to step down, but no true successor exists.  The son of Fabian Cortez has inherited his father's reckless pride and plans to usurp the Panther's status. 

The undead Avengers eventually return to Earth in search of the dimension-crossing gateway technology of Reed Richards.  They instantly sense the last remnants of life on the planet and attack!  Breakthroughs by Forge and Janet Van Dyne (infected and captured in the first series) have identified a waning in the hunger assailing the undead.  Will it come too late to save humanity?

Pros: More great covers by Suydam, same creative team as first series, nice oversized hardcover w/dustjacket

Cons: Story gets more crazy and convoluted, writing is not as good as first series, the bloom is off this rose

Mike Tells It Straight: Marvel Zombies was a smash success and rapidly spawned this sequel, but the same winning formula didn't recreate the same success.  The story starts out too predictable and becomes a convoluted mess by the end.  Kirkman's ending felt forced in order to keep an opening for another sequel.  It's a decent sequel following precisely in the footsteps of the first series, but the novelty has worn off quite a bit.

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