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Marvel Zombies Return Hardcover – February 16, 2010

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About the Author

David Wellington lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author of the Monster Island trilogy of zombie novels; the Thirteen Bullets vampire series; the epic post-apocalyptic novel Positive; and the Jim Chapel missions, including the digital shorts Minotaur and Myrmidon, and the novels Chimera and The Hydra Protocol.

Jonathan Maberry is a "New York Times" bestselling author, multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, and Marvel Comics writer. He s the author of many novels, including "Assassin s Code", "Dead of Night", "Patient Zero", and "Rot & Ruin". His nonfiction books cover topics ranging from martial arts to zombie pop-culture. Jonathan continues to teach the celebrated Experimental Writing for Teens class, which he created. He founded the Writers Coffeehouse and cofounded The Liars Club, and he is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries, as well as a keynote speaker and guest of honor at major writers and genre conferences. Jonathan lives in Del Mar, California, with his wife, Sara, and their son, Sam. Visit him at JonathanMaberry.com and on Twitter (@JonathanMaberry) and Facebook.

Seth Grahame-Smith is the "New York Times "bestselling author of "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter "and "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies".""In addition to adapting the screenplay for "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter", he also wrote Tim Burton s film "Dark Shadows". He lives in Los Angeles. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (February 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785142770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785142775
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Since I first picked up the first trade of The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman, my already strong love of zombies only grew stronger. Kirkman weaves a tale of sorrow with a touch of hope, safety with an ever present dread, and pesonal drama that sticks with each and every character in the book. Surprisingly, he was able to translate this style of writing faithfully over to Marvel Comics when he worked on the now legendary Marvel Zombies and Marvel Zombies 2. With a publisher like Marvel that often sees quality on extreme opposite ends of the spectrum as opposed to varying levels of good or bad with their titles, Kirkman managed to begin a compelling story that was rife with humor, heavy on gore, and interesting enough to keep you glued page after page. Sadly, with Kirkman no longer in the picture for Marvel Zombies, the seemingly final chapter of this saga comes to a sour and unremarkable close.

Picking up after Marvel Zombies 2, Marvel Zombies: The Return doesn't really continue the story of the "Alpha Zombies" so much as it hastily draws the Marvel Zombies series to a conclusion. It almost seems like Marvel has grown tired of the Marvel Zombies phenom and decided "Let's just end it quick". Virtually none of the loose ends left by MZ2 are addressed, as the story follows only Spider-man and his quest to atone for the horrific past actions of himself and his zombie cohorts. Transported to an alternate universe designated as "Earth-Z", Spider-man and the rest of the surviving Alpha Zombies are scattered throughout the cosmos. From this point onward, the individual chapters of the story switches focus onto other characters, namely Giant Man, and Earth Z's Iron Man and Wolverine.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The final chapter, putting a close to the original Marvel Zombies story, brings us 5 issues each about a different character/set of characters. The first issue has us focusing on Spider-Man, whom, if you remember, with Giant-Man, Wolverine, The Hulk, and others, was cast into another dimension via the teleportation device that Reed Richards had built. Spider-Man finds himself back in his college days where he first encountered his enemies. However, zombie Spidey takes a different approach to taking down his enemies; eating them! In the second issue, Giant-Man is tossed into the past where Tony Stark is troubling with alcohol issues and, after Giant-Man infects the Stark building, it's up to James Rhodes to take over for Tony in the Iron Man suit and come to the rescue! In issue three, we see Wolverine where he's put in the past where Kitty Pryde would soon join the X-Men team. Kitty comes across zombie Spidey while Wolverine battles himself and Spider-Man tries to come up with an antidote. However, the hard part will be getting normal Wolverine's blood! Issue 4 sees the Hulk coming across the Sentry after the Hulk and Sentry are infected by their enemies thanks to Giant-Man. In the final issue, the Avengers assemble as Sentry, Moon Knight, Quasar, Super-Skrull, Sub-Mariner, Thundra, and Quicksilver. However, it's up to Spidey, the Hulk, Wolverine, Iron Man, and the others to put a stop to this flesh-buffet and Spider-Man uses an old foe in order to put a stop to it! However, to prevent the plague from spreading, it takes a special power only one set of being have in order to put the plague to rest!

So, this series really puts a stop to the original Marvel Zombies storyline. But, it's a good ending to the series.
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First, the art is beautiful and creative. Lots of fun to look at. From Hulk ripping apart a woman, to zombie Spiderman revealing himself malnourished to Kitty Pryde, to Iron Man blasting the hell out of Sentry, to Spiderman shooting his arteries out as webbing and ripping off another hero's head--it is all incredibly well-done. Very gory. Very true to character styles. The characters look like they should, only zombified.

The problem? The story. It jumps around. It never develops. It follows no one to any depth. It is very weak. Yet, it is worlds better than the first two books by Kirkam. Believe it or not! The dialogue is much better than Marvel Zombies 1 and 2. No more stupid jokes. No more irrelevant and distracting stupidity. This one treats the situation with a bit more gravitas, and it makes the read more fulfilling. Kirkman's flops were a big disappointment--as if written half-heartedly with an insatiable desire to be silly.

If you love Marvel and love zombies, this book is an interesting artistic display--not so much a great story as a series of scenes drawn well and fun to look at. Good zombies attack bad zombies throughout multiple dimensions. Then it all ends. Abruptly. Thanks to The Watcher. No explanation how. Frrrt.

Not fulfilling, but fun. Read it.
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Set after the events of Marvel Zombies 2, Marvel Zombies Return picks up right where the previous Zombies 2 installment left off and features Marvel Zombies Spider-Man, Giant Man, and Wolverine. There are 5 issues in this book and each focuses on a different Marvel Zombie until the final issue where all the zombies finally meet.

Issue #1 features zombie Spider-Man transported to a 1970's Marvel universe. Right off the bat you can tell this will be great! An unrelenting mix of gore, brutal deaths, dark humor, zombie parody, and 1970's style; this is my favorite Marvel Zombies tale which shows just what would happen if Spider-Man and his foes held nothing back! It will send your zombie-senses tingling!

Issue #2 has zombie Giant Man transported to Iron Man's base of operations circa 1979 during his "Demon in a Bottle" story arc.
This issue is pretty much just zombies taking over Stark International while Tony is hopelessly drunk.

Issue #3 is when zombie Wolverine makes his grand entrance in Tokyo, Japan where Kitty Pryde and Wolverine are fighting off the Hand ninjas. Ever wanted to see Wolverine vs. Wolverine? Well here you go!

Issue #4 starts with Hulk on his way back to Earth after the events of Planet Hulk. Hulk is out for blood but only finds a horde of zombies in his path!

Issue #5 is where all the Marvel Zombies finally cross paths. This issue really ties all the others together and has a great surprise which leads to the conclusion of these super powered zombies' stories. I won't spoil anymore!

The Spider-Man chapter alone makes this a great read! If you haven't read the previous Marvel Zombies books, don't worry, this title can stand on its own and won't confuse any newcomers to the Marvel Zombie universe.
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