Review: Marvel Zombies Supreme #1

Published on March 8th, 2011

I think I’ve had enough of this. It’s hard to admit it because I’ve been a huge fan of the Marvel Zombies since they debuted in Ultimate Fantastic Four, but I think I’ve had enough. I loved the first couple series that were written by Robert Kirkman. I couldn’t get enough of Marvel Zombies Vs. The Army of Darkness. I’ll even admit that the series that had The Machine Man and Howard the Duck team up was one of my favorite stories ever. Marvel Zombies Supreme? I just don’t know if I can bother to care anymore.

marvelzomibesupreme11This newest series begins with a special-ops team led by Jill Harper responding to an alarm that was set off at a secret research center. A fail-safe was activated which keeps the building in lock-down so nothing can get in or out. After being joined by the superhero Battlestar, the team overrides the doors and enters the building. Once inside, the group finds blood and brains splattered on the wall, but before they even examine the scene they are attacked by a zombie who gets his head blown to bits by one of the soldiers.

Eventually, the team discover a room where most of the surviving scientists have been hiding and working on a way to stop the zombies and keep them from getting out into the world. Suddenly, the scientists are attacked by a zombie Nighthawk and then the rest of the Zombie Squadron Supreme. The soldiers try to stop them, but their weapons are pretty much useless against these walking dead super-folks. The next few pages are filled with some gruesome fighting. Half the soldiers end up as food, but when one of the scientists gets some Argonite to Harper, she is able to slow down Hyperion and get the survivors out of harm’s way.

Then the scientist who had the Argonite explains what’s been going on. The Squadron Supreme had been stuck on this world, and during their time they were guests at this facility. The scientists were then able to study them and get their DNA codes. Once the Squadron left for their home universe, one of the scientists had grafted their DNA to medical cadavers. Then the scientist was able to reanimate these cadavers and they became zombie versions of the Squadron Supreme. So at this point the team’s mission is to keep these monsters from getting out of the facility.

Meanwhile, the Zombie Squadron has been able to get away from the Argonite and make their way to the magma pool underneath the research facility. The magma pool goes directly into the Earth’s core. Hyperion, being the strongest, is able to go into the pool and make his way out of the facility. The book ends with Hyperion burrowing out of the ground in an area far away from the research facility.

Like I said before, I used to love the Marvel Zombies, but this book just didn’t cut it for me. I really don’t care about The Squadron Supreme or Battlestar, so already my interest is low in this book. The worst thing about this book is the writing. The first few pages show the special-ops team riding in a helicopter to the site and the dialogue in this scene is so corny. I can’t even tell if it’s a joke or not. And honestly, how many times do we need to see the story of a zombie virus starting and spreading throughout an alternate universe that we don’t care about? I think they should just let this zombie thing go, or at least give it a few years to give us a chance to miss it.

Ken Zeider