Marvel Zombies 2 #2
Quick Rating: Very Good
Rating: Parental Advisory
The zombies return to Earth, where the Black Panther is going through some changes…
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Art: Sean Phillips
Colors: June Chung
Letters: Rus Wooton
Editor: Bill Rosemann
Cover Art: Arthur Suydam (After Frank L. Paul)
Publisher: Marvel Comics
In space, the Marvel Zombies continue their trek back to Earth, but Spider-Man’s incessant jokes finally begin getting the best of Giant-Man. Driven to madness from forty years of wandering the universe devouring every living thing they can find, the strain is showing on these once-heroes, and in the end, their alliance may not be as strong as it seemed. Back on Earth, after Malcolm tried to have the Black Panther assassinated, the Wasp turned him into a zombie to save him. Jan shares a secret with him – if the zombie can go long enough without feeding, the hunger that compels them fades away, and their minds again become their own.
This little twist, that of the hunger wearing off, has really given this book a whole new dimension. We now have a functionally immortal (and, for all appearances, safe) zombie Panther fighting to keep control of his country in a battle against the man that tried to kill him. In space, some of the zombies are beginning to free themselves from the hunger, while others are just going madder. The first miniseries was basically about overrunning the world and destroying it. This one, against all expectations, seems to be about a new fight for the future. Never saw it coming, but man, is it making for a good read.
Sean Phillips art isn’t quite as good as usual, but I’m not really sure how much of that is due to him and how much is because of story demands. Seeing the aged Reynolds and Forge in spandex is just kinda silly, and when you add that to Hawkeye’s disembodied head being attached to one of the Wasp’s spare – female – robot bodies, the art started to remind me of an episode of Futurama. This book has a dark humor to it, but some of the visuals are just too goofy to fit.
Very strong issue. This series has gone in a really unexpected direction.