Based on a story arc in the ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR comic book, the hardcover miniseries collection MARVEL ZOMBIES is written by THE WALKING DEAD scribe Robert Kirkman – doing a better job here than he does on that series – as well as wonderfully evocative artwork from British artist Sean Phillips.
In the UFF story, Reed Richards discovered a alternate universe where a space-borne plague turned all the Marvel Universe superheroes into zombies with a never-ending need to feed. They talk, walk and act like the normal heroes (and villains) that we’re used to – only their bodies are constantly rotting and falling apart and, well, let’s just say I never thought I’d see Hulk try to take a bite out of the Silver Surfer, which is exactly what happens in this putrefied take on the Galactus saga, as the giant purple planet-eater comes to this dead Earth to satiate his globe-absorbing desires. This is only a super-treat to the zombie heroes, who look at Galactus as a nothing more than a mammoth buffet.
Needless to say, a hilarious twist ending occurs, almost begging for an immediate sequel. This is one of the most fun, original books Marvel has put out in a long time; it’s no wonder that in its original, single-issue format, it sold out constantly. No massive continuity tie-ups, no need to look fro crossovers – it’s just a horrifically simple, brutally funny, self-contained tale that you never thought you’d see from Marvel. –Louis Fowler