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Review – Marvel Zombie #1 (Marvel Comics)

Marvel Zombie #1 Cover by Juan Ferreyra
Marvel Zombie #1 Cover by Juan Ferreyra
Marvel Zombie #1
  • 7.5/10
    Writing - 7.5/10
  • 7.8/10
    Art - 7.8/10
  • 7.7/10
    Overall - 7.7/10
7.7/10

Marvel Zombie #1

Writer: W. Maxwell Prince
Artist: Stefano Raffaele
Colorist: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Maturity Rating: Teen +
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release: October 17, 2018

One zombie is not like the other zombies and he might be the most “human”

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“Zombie” Comes Back to Life in Marvel Zombie #1

 

Simon William Garth is “Zombie” cursed to walk the Earth as a shambled dead body. He must also be under the control of whoever possesses the other half of the Amulet of Damballah. Zombie is not like other zombies though as he has sorts of a free will and remembers being human. That sets him apart in Marvel Zombie #1 as the zombie apocalypse has come to the Marvel Universe. A few heroes remain to fight off the undead hordes, but in the future has everyone lost their humanity except for Zombie?

Writing

Marvel Zombie #1 Variant Cover by In-Hyuk Lee
Marvel Zombie #1 Variant Cover by In-Hyuk Lee

W. Maxwell Prince is no stranger to the horror scene as he writes Image comics Ice Cream Man series. He sets quite a macabre tone for Marvel Zombie #1. He has Simon (Zombie) narrate a lot of what is going on giving the series an eerie narrator to tell us how the world is now. The zombie apocalypse thing has been done to “death”; so Prince had a tough task ahead of him with this one-shot story. He does a good job of catching different “angles” of the story and having Zombie be the main character and narrator helps make it feel different in the whole” zombie” genre.

I like Prince’s use of characters as well. Having Daredevil as “red leader” is wonderful. While having Spider-Man be one of the surviving heroes brings some much-needed humor to the story. I won’t spoil anything but the story does take a drastic turn toward the end and it was definitely a little surprising.

Marvel Zombie #1 does feel like it needs a few more pages. The one-shot issue is 32 pages so it is a little longer than a regular comic. It just feels like Prince had to condense a lot of stuff he was trying to get into his story. Marvel Zombie #1 doesn’t feel like it is fully “fleshed” out when we get to the ending. I would have liked it to have been 48 pages to get a little more in-depth with this world.

Art

Steffano Raffaele does a great job of catching the broken down apocalyptic world in Marvel Zombie #1. He adds great detail with war-torn streets and tattered buildings. The character designs are fantastic as well. Daredevil’s black shirt with his red mask/helmet and red wrapped hands looks awesome and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur also get some future wasteland duds. Rachelle Rosenberg does a perfect job in giving Marvel Zombie #1 a “somber” color palette. Great use of light shades of pinks, oranges, browns, and greys to give this issue a nice horror tone in the daytime setting.

I do wish that the characters had a little more “movement” to them. The art feels a little “stiff” at times and there is not a real sense of energy about Marvel Zombie #1. The characters all look great but they just need that little extra to them to really jump off the pages.

There are some great scenes throughout this issue. When Sam Wilson swoops in with the setting sun behind him is a delightful little entrance. The beginning of the issue is also a great way to set the tone of the story. With Simon shambling through the streets talking about what has happened, with his disheveled look and corpses abound everywhere it is a great mood setter.

Conclusion

Marvel Zombie #1 is a great read to get ready for Halloween. I would have liked it to be a little longer to really get the story across but it still does a good job of making an exciting entry into the Zombie story. It is not easy to create a new and exciting take on zombies or the undead-apocalypse but the creative team did a solid job of making Marvel Zombie #1 worthy of your time and money.


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