Age of Ultron VS. Marvel Zombies #1

9 Overall Score
Art: 9/10
Dialogue: 8/10
Story: 9/10

It's always fun to watch the Marvel Zombies being torn to shreds.

It's still so strange to not know these characters you feel like you should know.

Age of Ultron VS. Marvel Zombies #1
(W)James Robinson, (A)Carlos Pacheco
Marvel Comics
2015

THE ULTIMATE DEATH SENTENCE IN BATTLEWORLD There’s a place that’s so dangerous it’s walled off from the rest of BATTLEWORLD… …where WILD ZOMBIES feast on those who’ve been banished for crimes against the state. …where cold, mechanical ULTRONS destroy anything that’s human. Pity those who get caught between the two, for their death WON’T be fast and painless!

One thing I’ll say about reviewing anything Marvel Zombies is, you likely already know if you love it or hate it. That doesn’t change much from one book to the next. The draw of reading a Zombies book isn’t the amazing stories or unreal character development, it’s the zombies. And they’re just as cool as ever.

This book is all about a horde of zombies on one side, an army of killer robots on the other, and poor ol’ humanity stuck in the middle. It’s fun to read, and it doesn’t feel “real” even in the comic book sense of that word. A dozen beloved characters might be torn to pieces before page 10, but so what? They’re just zombies, that’s what they’re there for!

There is an excellent story here too, though, even if we don’t see much of it this issue. Of course before things get rolling, we have to set the stage and introduce everyone, so we barely get our toes wet with the actual story. I’m excited to be on board though, and I think that’s all any first issue can really accomplish. I like the world, I like the conflicts, and I absolutely want more.

Another thing about reviewing the Zombies is, I don’t actually like the art style, but that doesn’t mean I don’t recognize the quality in it. I’ve always felt Marvel upped the ante on purpose in Zombie books. How can you tell the difference between a hero and a zombie hero? All the gory details and the filth clinging to them, and these books show case all that brilliantly. It’s not my kind of thing, but the art is unquestionably amazing.

So really, the only way you can go wrong with this, is if the older Marvel Zombies stuff didn’t do it for you. You know what you’re getting into, and the story may be different, but the meat of things hasn’t changed much. As for me, I’ll be back for more, for sure.

 

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