Writer: Fred Van Lente
Art: Kev Walker
Marvel Zombies 4? Really? There was a Marvel Zombies 3? Apparently there was but I never read it. And having not read the third one I really had low expectations for this one. After all, how many 4’s are any good? Lethal Weapon 4, Nightmare On Elm Street 4, the Next Karate Kid, Live Free Die Hard, Final Destination, Jaws, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and the list goes on. So does this book buck the trend of the cursed number 4? Surprisingly… yes it does.
The main story focuses on the team the “Midnight Sons”, which consists of D-listers; Morbius the Living Vampire, Werewolf by Night, The Witch Jennifer Kale and Satan’s son himself Daimon Hellstorm. Working for A.R.M.O.R. (Alternate Reality Monitoring and Operational Rescue) We find our D-list team hot on the heels of two Zombies loose in our reality. Those two zombies being Simon Garth (the 1st Marvel Zombie, more on him later.) and Zombie Deadpool (head only). These two are looking for a quiet place to settle down and live in peace but leave nothing but disaster in their wake.
With cameos by The Hood and Man-Thing, plus some nice laugh-out-loud moments from the undead merc without a body, this book is surprisingly enjoyable. Coming in, I couldn’t give two shits about any of the characters, but the more I read, the more I liked this group of D-listers. And it really is these lesser known characters that are the charm of this book. I would recommend this just on the miniseries it collects, but Marvel really adds some extra punch by adding three classic short stories that chronicle the origin of Simon Garth Marvels first zombie. These stories are a real treat with some of yesteryear’s top talent contributing. This includes: Roy Thomas, John Buscema, Bill Everett and Stan “The Man” Lee. With these added stories and the wonderfully executed fourth installment in the Marvel Zombies catalog, I say get off your ass and go get it… Pronto!