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"For a high-concept which, let’s be honest, feels kinda niche the first time you hear about it, MZ’s proven to be a wonderfully flexible franchise, and given us a lot of genuinely high-quality tales. Previous iterations have covered the whole gamut of genres and tones from the apocalyptic world-shaking scale down to the very personal, and from the deadly-serious to the fabulously farcical. We’ll get onto the whys and wherefores of that in a moment, but for an ideas-junkie like me the opportunity to carve my own name onto that dribbly, rotting, groaning slab of meat is a total gift." -- Si Spurrier

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"If anything it’s like the TV series ‘Lost’—if the robots and zombies were trying to defeat/eat the survivors." -- James Robinson

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"There’s also something really joyous to be had in the simple creativity that comes from re-imagining recognizable characters in a new form. That’s what drives fans’ fascination with the whole What if?/alternate version phenomenon, I think. It speaks to a fundamental human excitement for variation, transgression, speculation. Hence part of the joy in something like MZ is providing inventively-realized versions of well-known characters. That’s something I’ve had a looooot of fun with. Sometimes that manifests as simple sight-gags (zombie Blob heaving his moldering rat’s-nest of a body; zombie Carnage becoming a crusty scabrous mass, etc), other times it becomes a far nastier plot-point…" -- Si Spurrier

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"I had the idea of an area on the border between the worlds of Ultron and the Zombies, where humanity was holding out withstanding these two opposing types of inhumanity. From there it became the idea of a war between Ultron’s robots and the zombie horde with this bastion of humanity as the prize." -- James Robinson

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'One of the problems a lot of zombie stories face is the lack of agency on the part of the protagonists. That can be a really cool subversion of regular narrative dynamics (and, in one or two toxic cases it chooses to say a lot of very cynical thematic stuff about the pointlessness of individual resistance)… but quite often it’s also just laziness: the “story” consists of people screaming and flapping and running around in a really passive way. When the subtext of your zombie story is “hey, zombies are really scary – cool!” then just don’t bother, y’know?

'We’ve flipped things over a lot, here. All the agency and all the proactivity lies with our heroine. Thematically the zombies aren’t stand-in analogues for the usual societal fears of lone predators or uncontrollable mobs; rather they represent an ambient sea of obstacles. This isn’t a good world which has been invaded by a corruptive element; it’s an irredeemable, unsalvageable land of pure corruption from which Elsa must try to escape.'
-- Si Spurrier

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"Zombies have been used as a very useful metaphor before now, most often for societal and cultural concerns: corporate greed, media mediocrity, unmoderated science, whatever. With this story I’m far more interested in turning that inside-out and making them useful as the negative ambient force in a far more individualist context. Elsa is very much the star of our show, and the undead hordes of the Deadlands become a really elegant analogue for the emotional and traumatic forces which seek to overwhelm her internal self. She is literally fighting to keep going, inside and out, pushing onwards against deadly inertia and overwhelming odds, because it’s the only way she knows how to survive." -- Si Spurrier

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"[The series will be] at times tongue-in-cheek in that I’m trying to capture the black humor of the zombies and their situation, in the spirit of the original series. However at the same time this is about what it means to be human and what it means to have that humanity taken from you, so there are some serious elements too." -- James Robinson

I was planning to wait a month so I could post a full third of the issue, but history79's already posted a few pages, I see. Well, I guess I might as well upload these now then.

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In light of the recent posts from[personal profile] history79 I figured I'd share the first 'Marvel Zombies' miniseries which branched off from 'Ultimate Fantastic Four'.

'Marvel Zombies' was a pretty fun idea at first. I think Marvel deserves some kudos for letting their characters be used in such a horrific fashion and Kirkman really went wild with the concept in ways that Millar did not. Plus they got to 'own' the term when prior Marvel Zombies was a pejorative term for Marvel fans.

Of course, Marvel is as Marvel does and they ran the franchise into the ground. They've released five versions of the same hardcover with different covers for collectors. There have been over 50 issues at this point that feature the zombies in one form or another. I think at one point there was a "Marvel Apes vs Marvel Zombies" miniseries to get an idea of how far it's gone.

Disclaimer: The following story is very gory and features tons of zombie-related violence. But you didn't need me to tell you that, did you?

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So Marvel Zombies Supreme's a five-issue series pitting a team of SHIELD agents (and Battlestar, because superhuman backup is superhuman backup) against clone Squadron Supreme zombies in Project PEGASUS's basement.

It's competently but not spectacularly written; its first issue last week got a bit of a drubbing, mostly for being a Marvel Zombies series.

Well, at least that particular plague isn't involved this time. )
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Way way back, in prehistoric times (that is to say, about 6 months ago), several pages from Marvel Zombies 3 #1 were posted.... 2 things stood out enough to get a lot of comment - Zombie Deadpool was flippin' hilarious, and nobody was quite sure how getting covered in puree of Undeadpool failed to infect Jennifer Kale.

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