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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Marvel Zombies Return

Title: Marvel Zombies Return

ISBN: 9780785142775

Price: $24.99

Publisher/Year: Marvel, 2009

Artist: Nick Dragotta, Andrea Mutti, Jason Shawn Alexander, Richard Elson,
Wellinton Alves, Scott Hanna

Writer: Fred Van Lente, David Wellington, Jonathan Maberry, Seth Grahame-Smith

Collects: Marvel Zombies Return
#1-5, Marvel Spotlight: Zombies Return

Rating: 3/5

After disappearing for the 3rd and
4th series, the original Marvel Zombies return for this series Marvel Zombies
Return. This series takes place right after the events of the story in Marvel
Zombies 2 when the infected superheroes are thrust through the time and space
gate. They now find themselves displaced on Earth-Z in different times - past,
present, and future. This new development gives the series a new sense of
vitality as a whole group of writers and artists have been brought on board to
craft each of the series individual chapters which each focus on a different
infected Marvel character (Ch. 1 - Spider-Man, Ch. 2 - Iron Man, Ch. 3 -
Wolverine, Ch. 4 - Hulk, and Ch. 5 - the Avengers).

Although each individual chapter
focuses on a different character, there is a unifying story to be told as
zombie Spider-Man tries to redeem himself by ridding the world of the zombie
plague once and for all. As written by Fred Van Lente, David Wellington,
Jonathon Maberry, and Seth Grahame-Smith, this story is as strong as the
previous entries in the series. On board in the art department is Nick Draotta,
Andrea Muth, Jason Shawn Alexander, Richard Elson & Wellington Alves, and
Scott Hanna whose artwork compliments each of their assigned chapters. This is
a series that could have easily gone wrong but the final product is one that
the Marvel Zombie fans should be proud of.

This graphic novel collection is
also one of the best as it not only provides all the covers for the individual
issues but also has extensive interviews with many of the creators behind the
series which include Van Lente, Mark Millar, Victor Gischler, and
Grahame-Smith. Whether Marvel continues to mine the fertile franchise or not
this would be a great way to go out on a high note.

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