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About the Author

Jonathan Maberry is the New York Times bestselling, and two-time Bram Stoker winning author of the Joe Ledger series of Novels, Patient Zero (St. Martins Minotaur, 2009), The Dragon Factory (St. Martins Minotaur, 2010) and King of Plagues (St. Martins Minotaur, 2011); The Wolfman (Tor Books 2010); Rot & Ruin (Simon & Shuster, October 2010) and Dust & Decay (Simon & Shuster 2011).

His nonfiction works include Zombie CSU: Forensics of the Living Dead (Citadel 2008); They Bite! Endless Cravings of Supernatural Predators (Citadel 2009); The Cryptopedia: A Dictionary of the Weird, Strange, and Downright Bizarre (Citadel 2007) and Wanted Undead or Alive: Vampire Hunters and Other Kickass Enemies of Evil (Citadel 2010).

His work for Marvel Comics includes issues of The Punisher, Marvel Zombies Return, The Black Panther and Doomwar.

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Product Details

  • Series: Marvel Universe
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (November 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785156925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785156925
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #935,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning horror and thriller author, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. His books have been sold to more than a dozen countries.

He writes in several genres. His young adult fiction includes ROT & RUIN (2011; now in development for film; named in Booklist's Ten Best Horror Novels for Young Adults, a Bram Stoker and Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading winner; nominee for several state Teen Book Awards; winner of the Cybils Award, the Eva Perry Mock Printz medal, Dead Letter Best Novel Award, and four Melinda Awards); DUST & DECAY (winner of the 2011 Bram Stoker Award; FLESH & BONE (September 11, 2012; and FIRE & ASH (2013). His thrillers include The Joe Ledger Thrillers from St. Martin's Griffin (PATIENT ZERO, 2009, winner of the Black Quill and a Bram Stoker Award finalist for Best Novel; THE DRAGON FACTORY, 2010; HE KING OF PLAGUES, 2011; ASSASSIN'S CODE, 2011; EXTINCTION MACHINE, 2013; CODE ZER0, 2014, and JOE LEDGER: THE MISSING FILES, 2011 from Blackstone Audio.

His horror novels include The Pine Deep Trilogy from Pinnacle Books (GHOST ROAD BLUES, 2006, winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel; DEAD MAN'S SONG, 2007; and BAD MOON RISING, 2008), as well as DEAD OF NIGHT, 2011 and its forthcoming sequel, FALL OF NIGHT, 2014. And the movie novelization, THE WOLFMAN, 2010, winner of the Scribe Award for Best Adaptation.

He is also editor and co-author of V-WARS, a shared-world vampire anthology from IDW.

Jonathan was an expert on the History Channel documentary, ZOMBIES: A Living History. He will also be featured in That $#(!'ll Rot Your Brain: How the Monster Kids Transformed Popular Culture, a forthcoming documentary on horror movies directed by Robert Tinnell.

His many nonfiction works include VAMPIRE UNIVERSE (Citadel Press, 2006); THE CRYPTOPEDIA (Citadel, 2007 -winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction; co-authored by David F. Kramer); ZOMBIE CSU: The Forensics of the Living Dead (Winner of the Hinzman and Black Quill Awards and finalist for a Stoker Award; 2008); THEY BITE! (2009 co-authored by David F. Kramer); WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE (2010; Bram Stoker finalist; co-authored by Janice Gable Bashman); THE VAMPIRE SLAYERS FIELD GUIDE TO THE UNDEAD (2001, written under the pen name of Shane MacDougall); ULTIMATE JUJUTSU (Strider Nolan, 2001); ULTIMATE SPARRING (Strider Nolan, 2000); JUDO AND YOU (Kendall Hunt 1991); and many others.

He writes a variety of projects for Marvel Comics involving CAPTAIN AMERICA, BLACK PANTHER, DOOMWAR, WOLVERINE, DEADPOOL, THE X-MEN, FANTASTIC FOUR, the NY Times bestselling MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN, MARVEL UNIVERSE vs THE PUNISHER. MARVEL UNIVERSE vs WOLVERINE and the upcoming MARVEL UNIVERSE vs THE AVENGERS. All of Jonathan's comic book collections are released as Graphic Novel collections within a month or two of individual comic publication.

Recent short stories include "A Footnote in the Black Budget" (MADNESS OF CTHULHU, 2013), "Pegleg and Paddy Save the World" (HISTORY IS DEAD, Permuted Press 2007), "Doctor Nine" (KILLERS, Swimming Kangaroo Press, 2008; and reprinted in THE STORIES (in) BETWEEN Edited by Greg Schauer, Jeanne B. Benzel, and W.H. Horner. Fantasist Enterprises, 2009), "Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Greenbrier Ghost" (LEGENDS OF THE MOUNTAIN STATE 2, Bloodletting Books, 2008), "Clean Sweeps" (AND SO IT BEGINS, Dark Quest Books, 2008), "Family Business" (THE NEW DEAD, St. Martin's Press, 2010), "Like Part of the Family" (NEW BLOOD edited by Patrick Thomas and Diane Raetz, Padwolf Press, 2010), "Zero Tolerance" (THE LIVING DEAD 2, Night Shade Books), "Flint and Steel" (GI JOE: COBRA WARS, 2011), "Saint John" (THE MONSTER'S CORNER, 2011, St. Martin's), "Spellcaster 2.0" (An Apple for the Creature, Ace Books, 2012), "Jack and Jill" (21st Century Dead, St. Martin's Griffin,2012), "The Death Song of Dwar Guntha" (Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom, 2012, Simon & Schuster), "The Wind Through the Fence" (an original e-story available for all e-readers), "Property Condemned" (scheduled for the premier issue of NIGHTMARE MAGAZINE), "Chokepoint" (included in THE UNINVITED, Vol 2), and many others. His essay, "Take Me To Your Leader" is included in the nonfiction book, TRIUMPH OF THE WALKING DEAD: Robert Kirkman's Zombie Epic on Page and Screen edited by James Lowder (BenBella Books/Smart Pop, 2011).

In 2012 Blackstone Audio released two collections of Jonathan's short stories: Tales from the Fire Zone and Hungry Tales.

All of Jonathan's novels are available on audio, including the audio-only collection, JOE LEDGER: THE MISSING FILES (Blackstone), which includes the short stories "Countdown", "Zero Tolerance", "Deep Dark", "Material Witness" and "Dog Days". Another Joe Ledger short, "Mad Science", will appear in the audio anthology LIAR LIAR from The Liars Club.

Jonathan is the co-creator (with Laura Schrock) of ON THE SLAB, an entertainment news show in development by Stage 9 for ABC Disney / Stage 9. He was also a 'blog correspondent' on Sony's zombie-themed web show 'WOKE UP DEAD'; and was a recurring character on Laura Schrock's 'IT'S TODD'S SHOW'.

Jonathan's Big Scary Blog ( focuses on the publishing industry. Jonathan's interviews include Sandra Brown, Gayle Lynds, Alafair Burke, Charlaine Harris, James Rollins, Harlan Coben, Jeff Abbott, John Saul, Jonathan Kellerman, Barry Eisler, CJ Box, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jack Ketchum, Tom Piccarilli, Dale Brown, Kevin J. Anderson, Joe Lansdale, Peter Straub, Ramsey Campbell, Carrie Ryan, and many other best-selling authors.

He is a frequent keynote speaker, guest of honor and workshop leader at genre cons, libraries, writers conferences and publishing industry events, including KeyCon, ThrillerFest, Zombie Fest, Heather Graham's The Writers for New Orleans, Central Coast Writers Conference, NeCon, NY Comic Con, Texas Library Association Annual Conference, Sisters in Crime, BackSpace, PennWriters, Dragon*Con, PhilCon, Horror-Realm, Boucher Con, HorrorFind, Monster Mania, Philadelphia Writers Conference, Balticon, Romance Writers of America, American Library Association, The Write Stuff, Hypericon, AnthoCon, KillerCon, NAIBA, LunaCon, and many others.

Jonathan has sold more than 1,200 feature articles and 3,000 columns; as well as greeting cards, song lyrics, poetry, technical manuals, call-floor scripts, and two plays, including Tales from the Fire Zone. He is developing a psychological thriller novel based on that play.

Jonathan is a Contributing Editor for The Big Thrill (the newsletter of the International Thriller Writers), and is a member of SFWA, IAMTW, MWA, SCBWI, SFWA and HWA, as well as a jurist for the Edgar and Stoker Awards.

Jonathan was the Executive Director of the Writers Room of Bucks County (2005-06) and co-owner of the Writers Corner USA (2006-2009). Jonathan regularly visits local middle schools, high schools and colleges to talk about books, reading, publishing and the writing life. He is a board member of the River Union Stage, a professional equity theater based in Stockton, New Jersey.

Jonathan is a founding member of The Liars Club, a group of networking publishing professionals that includes celebrated authors Merry Jones, Gregory Frost, Jon McGoran, Ed Pettit, Dennis Tafoya, Keith Strunk, Don Lafferty, Kelly Simmons, Marie Lamba, Solomon Jones, Stephen Susco, Chuck Wendig, Sara Shepard, William Lashner, and Laura Schrock. The Liars Club works to support booksellers, raise awareness and support for public libraries, and cultivate a joy of reading and books. The late NY Times bestseller L. A. Banks was a founding member of the Liars Club.

On the last Sunday of every month Jonathan hosts the Writers Coffeehouse, a free three-hour open-agenda networking and discussion session for writers of all genres and levels of skill. The event is held at the Barnes & Noble in Willow Grove Pennsylvania. The Liars Club has begun launching additional Writers Coffeehouses throughout the region.

Jonathan has been a popular writing teacher and career counselor for writers for the last two decades. He teaches a highly regard series of classes and workshops including Write Your Novel in Nine Months, Act Like a Writer, Revise & Sell, Experimental Writing for Teens, and others. Many of his students have gone on to obtain representation and/or publish in short and novel-length fiction, magazine feature writing, nonfiction books, TV, film, and comics.

In 2004 Jonathan was inducted into the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame largely because of his extensive writings in that field.

Jonathan lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Sara Jo, to whom he dedicates all of his published works, and their dog, Rosie. His stepson, Sam West-Mensch, serves a general manager of Jonathan's writing business.

Visit his website/blog and sign up for his free newsletter at,

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Born on November 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Marvel Universe vs. Wolverine is a four issue limited series written by Jonathan Maberry that serves as a prequel to Marvel Universe vs. The Punisher. It is a story about Wolverine frantically attempting to stop all the characters of Marvel from turning into cannibalistic zombies, slaughtering many of them in the process. The art by Laurence Campbell is extremely gritty. Many other readers felt this added to the "feel" of the story, I felt it did not. Nearly ever panel looks like it is out of focus or over pixilated. At some points in the story, characters were even unrecognizable.
As for the story, this is as simple as it gets. Wolverine needs to find a cure for a virus that's turning people into zombies, and he has to kill a lot of people trying to find it. Maberry nails Logan's character. The dialogue, both internal and external, are spot on. The plot moves at a fast pace, with simplistic story telling. Wolverine discovers a clue about the cure, zombies try to stop him, he kills them. Repeat.
Ultimately this a forgettable read. Sure, there is some gruesome killing scenes involving our favorite clawed Canadian, readers looking for a deeper story will be left unsatisfied. If you're looking for an easy to read action-oriented story, this is for you. For those looking for a deeper read, check out Wolverine: Enemy of the State or Wolverine: Old Man Logan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a prequel to Punisher Vs The Marvel Universe where Frank Castle fought a number of Marvel superheroes who had become infected with a virus that turned them into soulless cannibalistic killers.

We discover the origins of the plague, find out who started the ball rolling on the apocalypse, and see the team of scientists, made up of Reed Richards, Hank Pym and Hank McCoy, who are searching frantically for a cure. But they're up against it when Hulk becomes one of the infected and only Wolverine can stop him... snickt!

The book is mostly Wolverine hacking his way through familiar faces who have turned evil and it quickly gets repetitive. That said, in the Punisher book Hulk and Thor (two extremely powerful characters) were dismissed at the start with a few lines of explanation because there was no way Frank Castle could take either down.

But in this book Hulk and Wolverine battle in a pretty good fight. Suffice it to say, the question "can Wolverine regrow severed limbs?" is answered. Also, Hulk takes a pretty heavy well-placed punch that made me wonder why Wolverine never did that in any of his previous encounters with the green giant (though maybe he has, I haven't read all of Hulk's comics!).

Laurence Campbell's artwork is very dark and, for me, wasn't as good as Goran Parlov's in the last book. Campbell favours too much black ink on the page which can make it difficult to discern what's happening.

This is a much shorter book than the previous one and doesn't really add much to the existing story; it's just too forgettable and pointless. What happened to Frank after the last book though is an interesting question, it's a shame Jonathan Maberry didn't write that book instead.
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By 4.6L_E.z on March 27, 2014
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This book was pretty awesome I loved seeing wolverine side from the punisher comics. A must read if your into zombies
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In a world in which everyone can turn into a mad cannibal, a genetically perfected hunter, only the strongest of will and body survive. This story has Wolverine leading the crusade against this strange disease. Up against impossible odds, the situation for Wolverine and his few companions/allies gets worse by the hour. Heroes die. Villains step up to the plate. The world changes in a horrific way.

The story is too short. Yes. But most of the writing is good, most of the dialogue is natural, and most of the confrontations are portrayed in such a way that you can imagine the parts they leave out. It just should have been drawn out (pun intended) in every way. There were a lot of scenes to explore that just ended abruptly.

I will say that three superheroes who stand against this tide of evil make an excellent team. They pretty much hate each other, want to be on their own, yet make the most likely team to survive this horrific world. I wish there had been more of a storyline involving these three questing together. You'll see when reading it. I won't ruin anything. Suffice it to say that one is a maniac, one is a perfect hunter, and one is the best humanity has to offer.

You will enjoy this story. It puts Marvel characters in situations they really cannot overcome. Great book, if short. The art varies by page. It's not excellent, but good enough to get the story across.

Buy it. If you have a Kindle, be aware that many of the frames are hard to read on the 7" Fire HD.
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By Loko on September 14, 2013
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Marvel fan and Wolverine was always 1 of my fav's, picked this up and only have read through the first chapter, and am already glad I got it. IMO if you like Comics, Marvel, or Zombies this is for you.
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you'll enjoy this book if like this series but just keep in mind that the punisher one was munch better
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