Published on October 27th, 2012 | by Cosmic Comix and Toys0
Marvel Zombies: Halloween
A couple weeks ago, Rusty mentioned a book that he sincerely enjoyed called MARVEL ZOMBIES: HALLOWEEN. You’re probably well familiar with the idea at this point and may have even read a couple of the mini-series that bear the Marvel Zombies name. The idea of course is that many of the heroes of the Marvel Universe have been turned into zombies, and the first mini-series in particular (written by Robert Kirkman and illustrated by Sean Phillips) is hilarious. The five or six mini-series since have definitely been hit or miss, but I can assure you that this one shot is a total hit. Check it out…
MARVEL ZOMBIES HALLOWEEN
Written by Fred Van Lente
Art by Alessandro Vitti
- Trick or treat, give the Marvel Zombies your brains to eat!
- Fred Van Lente, writer of fan-fave MARVEL ZOMBIES 3 and 4, returns to the freaky franchise-for its first ever Halloween one-shot special!
Okay, so that doesn’t tell you very much. But that’s why they sent me! So here’s my version of the solicitation: Mother and son defend themselves against Marvel Zombies that include such excellent B-Listers as Karolina Dean from the Runaways and Squirrel Girl from the New Avengers, all in the shadow of Halloween. That’s a little tongue-in-cheek but it’s totally true.
The whole story opens up as if it’s kind of a Walking Dead type landscape with the mother and son living in a farmhouse, quite possibly being the last two humans left on Earth and being surrounded by zombies. In a sense it immediately had a different feel than some of the more recent Marvel Zombies tales; focusing not on the zombies but on the humans. Naturally, the son gets off the farm and we start to see some Marvel Zombies proper. Obviously, I don’t want to give too much away but there is definitely some drama, some excellent zombie action, a couple solid twists and an excellent surprise ending as we learn exactly who the mother and son are.
But honestly, all the plot stuff wasn’t what I walked away thinking about. What I really appreciated was the heart that was clearly at the center of this story. Call me a softie if you will, but I loved the saccharine ending and the general feeling of warmth and devotion. I mean… what more would you want from a story that takes place on Halloween, a holiday that celebrates pillowcases stuffed with Snickers bars, than an ending that is sugary sweet?
- Andy B.