Marvel Zombies 2 #5
Quick Rating: Great
Rating: Parental Advisory
The hunger is waning… but does that mean the fighting is over?
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Art: Sean Phillips
Colors: June Chung
Letters: Rus Wooton
Editor: Bill Rosemann
Cover Art: Arthur Suydam (After John Buscema)
Publisher: Marvel Comics
When I heard that there was a second Marvel Zombies series in the works, I (justifiably, I think) was afraid it would be a derivative book that just rehashed the first one in the hopes of making a quick buck. Instead, the sequel has been a surprisingly strong title that adds a whole new dimension to the concept (both metaphorically and literally) and this last issue seals the deal nicely.
The spacebound zombies are beginning to realize the ones left on Earth discovered long ago – if they go long enough without feeding, the Hunger will eventually leave them. As the zombies come to this conclusion one at a time, they not only have to grapple with the weight of their sins, but also prepare to battle those Zombies who still seek to feed. And if that wasn’t bad enough, not all of the humans left alive are feeling particularly forgiving.
This last issue is exciting and packs a serious emotional punch on several levels. While the first miniseries was really a dark comedy – an excuse to play with a nasty little concept, but not much more – this sequel turns the whole thing on its head and makes it a startlingly effective morality tale.
The ending is about as blatant a set-up for yet another sequel as I’ve ever seen, and while that sort of thing usually annoys me, this time it doesn’t bother me at all. I want more. I want to know where this story is going to go. I want to see how this is going to develop.
This is one of the few sequels that actually surpasses the original.