Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Marvel Zombies 4 Hardcover Review

Marvel Zombies 4
Marvel Comics
Oversized Hardcover
112 pages
$19.99 (2009)
$16.99 (2010) TPB
ISBN 9780785139171

Contributors: Fred Van Lente, Kev Walker, Jean-Francois Beaulieu, Rus Wooton, Arthur Suydam, and Greg Land

Reprints: Marvel Zombies 4 #1-4 (of 4) and Tales of the Zombie #1

Synopsis: After the A.R.M.O.R. base in Florida is nearly overrun by the zombie plague, two zombies escape to a remote Caribbean island.  They are Simon Garth aka 'Zombie' and zombie Deadpool from the alternate dimension where the zombie plague originated.  Morbius and Jennifer Kale vow to stop the plague and form a new team including Jack Monroe aka 'Werewolf by Night' and Daimon Hellstrom aka 'Hellstorm'.

Meanwhile The Hood, who is an agent of Dormammu on Earth, is offered to purchase a super plague to hold the world ransom.  Dormammu is interested because the plague can remove the superheroes as opposition for when he takes over our universe.  The Hood brings the Night Shift to the buy meeting, but things get out of hand - they always do. 

Pros: Return of some old horror characters, zombie Deadpool, nice oversized hardcover w/dustjacket

Cons: Land's covers just aren't very good, story features a bunch of third-rate characters, story is weaker than previous installments

Mike Tells It Straight: This fourth installment of the Marvel Zombies saga just didn't have the same story quality or character draw as the rest.  Essentially a Midnight Sons resurrection with a boring plot and too conveniently wrapped up finish.  I would pass on this book unless you're either a big fan of the old Marvel horror characters or absolutely must have the complete set of Marvel Zombies books on your shelf.

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