Review: Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #1

Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #1

Zombie stories have been done to death. Genre mash-ups were all the rage for a while and in recent months, superheroes + zombies is back as a thing. Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #1 returns the popular concept of Marvel heroes dealing with zombies and does so with a fun spin on it.

Horror stories can run the gamut and features so many genres and subgenres. Zombie stories too feature so many different spins on the same concept. Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson delivers a debut issue that feels like it’s a study of what works with the genre and runs with it.

Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #1 doesn’t as much a zombie story as it does Alien. Like that classic film, there’s a tension build as our heroes explore the husk that is Galactus’ body. We know they’re going to discover something horrible, it’s just a question of what and when. Johnson nails those beats well until the final chapter of the first issue when all hell breaks loose. The comic goes from Alien to the chaotic scenes of 28 Days/Weeks Later.

That tension in the debut issue is helped by the art team. Leonard Kirk is joined by Guru e-FX on color and Travis Lanham‘s lettering. It’s easy to go over the top as far as gore when it comes to zombie stories. Instead, the team keeps the details there but you need to look for them. Intestines spill out but not in an over the top fashion. Instead, it’s subtlely done in the middle of the chaotic battle. There’s also an interesting amount of detail that has you looking for clues as to what might have happened. It adds to that tension the narrative builds.

The issue is a solid debut perfect for the Halloween season. It has some beats that are familiar but that’s part of the fun. This takes what works from horror and the zombie genres and blends it together with the superhero genre. It all comes together for a debut that I want to immediately want to read more of.

Story: Phillip Kennedy Johnson Art: Leonard Kirk
Color: Guru e-FX Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review