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"Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Marvel Comics


Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Illustrated by Leonard Kirk
Colored by Rachelle Rosenberg
Lettered by Travis Lanham
2020, 43 pages, $4.99
Comic released on September 2nd, 2020


In a version of the Marvel Universe where the corpse of Galactus turned most of Earth's civilians, heroes, and villains into flesh-eating zombies, a few still soldier on. Spider-Man leads a rag-tag group of survivors, if you can call it that with how few there are and what little hope they have of making it through this alive. The web-head made a promise to the Fantastic Four to keep their children safe, but that's easier said than done.

There's an interesting dynamic at play in Marvel Zombies: Resurrection. Spider-Man is far from a reluctant hero, but he's never been under stress like this, determined to keep these kids from danger. The thing is, Franklin and Valeria are more than capable of handling themselves. Up until the incident with Galactus, Franklin was an omega level mutant, but something has happened to limit his powers. Meanwhile, Val is one of the smartest people on the planet, if not the absolute smartest after so many people were killed.

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It is a little odd to spin out this mini-series a year after a one-shot gave us a new look at the Marvel Zombies franchise, so it takes some getting used to. As I was more familiar with the original story from writer Robert Kirkman and artist Sean Phillips from 2005, which was more of a comedy, this book took some getting used to. It's definitely on the darker side and downright bizarre at times.

Artist Rachelle Rosenberg conveys a dreadful tone throughout the entire issue. This whole chapter takes place at night, but you get the feeling the sun rarely rises here. There's a drab palette with lots of greys and browns, replacing the usual bright and vibrant colors shown in the Marvel Universe.

It's funny to see how this odd assortment of characters gets along. You've got Spider-Man, Franklin and Valeria Richards, Moonstone, Forge, a Flerken cat named Chewie, and a reprogrammed Sentinel. It's like writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson pulled some names out of a hat, yet this creates some interesting clashes of personality.

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Letterer Travis Lanham provides a bit of levity with the Sentinel's dialogue. It appears robotic, but has a butler-esque tone to it. It's a weird feeling.

Artist Leonard Kirk shows the hardened lives of these characters on their faces. You can understand the things they've been through without having to outright say it. Where Kirk really excels is in the monstrous elements of Marvel Zombies: Resurrection. There are some pretty inventive elements at work, including a gun made of Cyclops' head and a zombie Nightcrawler with only the top half of his body, teleporting around the page in horrifying fashion.

I have a lot of questions about this world and what's going on with the overall zombie threat, but there's enough to pull you in. This is more like a Walking Dead take on the Marvel Universe than a fun romp with the undead like I was used to. The horror elements are fully embraced here, showing just how dark and scary these heroes can get if put in the right situation.


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Art: fourstars
Overall: 3.5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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