A few years ago the comic book industry was stricken with a pandemic of zombie fever. First Marvel had its heroes transformed into brain-eating monsters, and shortly thereafter DC had the dead rise in Blackest Night. It seems the only cure for the disease was time and money. I spent a lot of time and money curing myself of Blackest Night, and wasn’t about to spend more on Marvel Zombies, until I saw the name attached: Robert Kirkman.
If Robert Kirkman’s name sounds familiar to you, then, odds are, you’re a fan of The Walking Dead. The television series is based on a comic book series of the same name written by Robert Kirkman. That Marvel would hire him to write up a zombie epic is a no-brainer.
While I wanted this to be The Walking Dead but with superheroes, I was surprised by how Marvel Zombies: Dead Days took a different direction. For one thing, the zombies, or “geeks” as they’re called in The Walking Dead, are not grunting and gurgling corpses. The zombies actually speak and seem to retain some aspects of their former personalities.
The story takes place in an alternate dimension, where, out of the blue, a zombie virus starts converting humans and mutants alike into beings driven by brutal hunger. I’m not positive about this, but I think the virus was spread thanks to a goof made by Deadpool in his Merc With a Mouth series. Over the course of about 38 pages, the world turns into a zombie’s paradise and many heroes fall. There’s also a surprising traitor in the midst of the refugee superheroes.
This is a morbid, disturbing, and dark comic. If that’s your thing, then check out Marvel Zombies: Dead Days.