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Review: Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #1

Marvel Zombies return in a debut that’s more Alien than zombies!

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

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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

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Chrononauts: Futureshock #1, Chrononauts: Futureshock #2, Chrononauts: Futureshock #3, Chrononauts: Futureshock #4 (Image Comics) – The latest from Millarworld is a new volume of Chrononauts, his time travel series. All issues are being released the same day which is interesting as far distribution and we’re intrigued to see how the series holds up this way…. and sales down the road.

Basketful of Heads #1 (DC Comics/Hill House Comics) – The comic line by writer Joe Hill kicks off! The horror focused line (and this series) seems like a perfect match for the Halloween season and we’re always excited for more comics by Joe Hill.

Bloodshot (2019) #2 (Valiant) – The trailer for next year’s film is out and if you want to hop on the bandwagon, this is a good series to start with.

Excalibur #1 (Marvel) – The X-Men dip into the fantasy genre.

Fantastic Four: Grand Design #1 (Marvel) – The X-Men version of this was a lot of fun and compacted their history in some easily digestible comics. This is more of the same focused on Marvel’s First Family!

Giant Days: As Time Goes By #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Wrapping up the beloved series!

Harleen #2 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – The first issue of the series was interesting in that it cast Harleen Quinn as a profiler in more of a police procedural. It’s a different take and we’re interested in seeing more but still a bit skeptical.

Joker: Killer Smile #1 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino… yes please!

Last God #1 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – A new fantasy original series from…. DC!? Yeah, we’re intrigued by this due to the creative team and the publisher.

Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #1 (Marvel) – We’re in the Halloween mood and zombies will help with that. We’re hoping for a new spin on this Marvel favorite property.

Red Goblin: Red Death #1 (Marvel) – It’s a comic we didn’t know we needed and we’re still not sure we do but we’re intrigued. The series is focused on Norman’s time as the Red Goblin that we haven’t seen.

Red Winter #4 (Scout Comics) – We love noir/crime comics and this one has stood out with twists and turns involving the Russian mob… in Russia. An intriguing premise and unique setting has us excited for each issue.

Roku #1 (Valiant) – The villain gets her own series with some “John Wick” style action!

Snow White Zombie Apocalypse (Scout Comics) – It’s Snow White with a zombie apocalypse twist!

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Death of Superman #1 (DC Comics) – The first “Tales From” knocked it out of the park and seems to be important for the meta story going on at DC. We’re hoping for more of the same with this issue.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #99 (IDW Publishing) – We’re one issue away from the big issue #100! “City at War” rages on.

Vampire State Building #2 (Ablaze) – The first issue was fantastic with a solid vampire premise as they descend upon the Empire State Building where evil has been buried.

Wolvenheart #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – The series sounds like Doctor Who meets Castelvania and that sounds awesome.

Preview: Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #1

Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #1

(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Leonard Kirk (CA) In-Hyuk Lee
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 30, 2019
SRP: $4.99

THE HORROR SMASH-HIT LIVES AGAIN!

When Galactus’ corpse appears at the edge of Earth’s solar system, the Avengers, X-Men and Fantastic Four investigate. Too late, they discover that Galactus’ body is now the vessel of an interstellar terror, which one-by-one transforms Earth’s Mightiest Heroes into the universe’s most terrifying predators! As our heroes try to escape the superpowered, cannibalistic aberrations that were once their friends and family, will any survive? And even if they do, can they hope to protect Earth from the infestation that has already claimed half of the known universe?

Don’t miss the FIRST ISSUE of this terrifying new vision of the classic Marvel tale!

Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #1