I haven't been very much into the superhero
genre of comic books since I was about twelve years old. This is not a slam
on superhero comics, which are fully capable of telling rich, compelling
stories and making serious social, philosophical and emotional statements.
It's just that I wanted to date girls at some point in my life.
That said, I was drawn back, if briefly, by
a story arc that really grabbed my attention. No, not Marvel's godawful 'Civil
War' -- that's another, meaner post. I'm talking about 'Marvel Zombies,'
which featured zombie versions of such popular Marvel icons as Wolverine,
Spider-Man and Captain America, and was written by popular writer and
comic-zombie specialist Robert Kirkman (I think -- please note I'm not
fact-checking any of this).
The mini-series was a hoot, centering on the
zombified-but-intelligent dead superheroes' search for more humans to eat
on the otherwise completely-picked-clean planet. Highlights included Spider-Man
snapping his own leg off, and all the heroes cutting holes into their abdomens
to re-eat pieces of human flesh before their own internal workings dissolve
them. This level of quality was surprisingly maintained throughout the entirety
of the mini-series, resulting in one of the few genuinely-fun superhero stories
to have emerged in this past decade.
The reason I bring it up tonight, however,
is because I just learned of plans to do a crossover miniseries with another
company -- Ash (from the Evil Dead series) vs. Marvel Zombies. It appears
the entire creative team from the original Marvel Zombies will be involved,
so I'm figuring it'll be worth a look.
Actually, I guess I'm mostly mentioning it
is because I secretly wish I was writing it, darn it all.