Marvel Zombies: Black, White, And Blood #1 Review: Across The Zombieverse

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The brain-eating superheroes are back in Marvel Zombies: Black, White And Blood #1, which features three tales of terror.

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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Marvel Zombies: Black, White, And Blood #1 Review:

In the new take on the now classic Marvel Zombies comics, we’re getting three new stories. The first, by Garth Ennis and Rachael Stott, sticks zombie Daredevil in a fight club-style situation. The second, by Alex Segura and Javi Fernández, shows off Spider-Man’s last stand. And the final story by Ashley Allen and Justin Mason pits Moon Knight versus Iron Man.

After clarifying that the plot of this seems a bit more free-wheeling to the concept, rather than tied to any particular continuity, the hosts jumped right into spoilers. Specifically, Pete LePage was excited to see The Punisher show up — or rather not — in the Garth Ennis Daredevil story. “The perfect use of The Punisher here,” said number one Punisher fan Pete LePage.

Alex Zalben thought Stott made an interesting artistic choice around the character, who is only shown outlined in white, negative space.

“I think the idea is, is he a Marvel zombie? Is he not a Marvel zombie? We don’t know,” Zalben posited.

Justin Tyler added, “I really enjoyed reading this. I liked all three stories. I like this world.” And not only that, but, “I would love to see this just be an ongoing anthology series.” Specifically, Tyler found this approach stronger than trying to make an ongoing zombie continuity for Marvel. “I don’t want to see everybody resolve a fight over and over again… Let’s keep it going.”

In general, Tyler was intrigued by the rules of the world, which allows the Marvel zombies to gain some clarity, and retain some of your personality. “What other zombie universe has that?” Tyler asked rhetorically.

Zalben continued that in addition to the Ennis/Stott story, he was impressed by Segura and Fernández’s “very good, dark Spider-Man zombie story.” Tyler agreed, noting, it was such a “big Spider-Man moment… You could feel the heat coming off that one.” And on the final story, though Tyler was a bit confused about the direction, LePage said, “I love the creepy Moon Knight story.”

Marvel Zombies: Black, White, And Blood #1 Official Synopsis:

AN ALL-NEW ERA OF MARVEL ZOMBIES! The undead plague starts here…and you know it won’t stop until everyone’s in its clutches! This first of four action-packed, utterly original, gloriously gory anthology issues features Daredevil, Spider-Man, Moon Knight and many, many more Marvel heroes and villains beset by ever-growing zombie hordes! In a brutal, bloodstained world, can hope survive? Or will creeping, gnawing, shambling horror win out at last…?

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