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Book Title: Marvel Zombies 5|
The author of the book: Fred Van Lente
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 982 KB
Date of issue: April 20th 2011
ISBN 13: 9780785147442
Read full description of the books Marvel Zombies 5:It feels like Van Lente was trying to return to his goofy, explosive Marvel Zombies 3 form with this volume, following the dreadful, confusing MZ4. He plays with some really fun and interesting ideas in this one, and as I was reading it I just kept thinking how good I wanted it to be. Unfortunately, it just didn't really work.
The initial setup of this collection of mostly one-off zombie fighting stories sees Machine Man teaming up with Howard the Duck to take out all known forms of the zombie virus, across all known realities. This leads to a lot of potential for homages (the zombie categories are each named after a specific zombie movie director) and unique scenarios, but ultimately doesn't really pay off. First of all, the homage aspect burns itself out after 3 issues, resorting to made-up zombie types in the final 2.
Secondly, and more importantly, there just don't feel like there are any stakes in these battles. They can get pretty crazy (Machine Man hacking into a War of the Worlds spaceship and slaughtering thousands of zombies at once springs to mind), which is fun to look at, but Van Lente does basically nothing to set up why his characters are in these scenarios, who they are, and why I should care about them. Howard the Duck is essentially there as a living reference. A girl with a speed superpower shows up (can't even remember her name because she is very forgettable) and instantly falls in love with Machine Man, presumably because all women must inevitably fall in love with the first man they see. Machine Man is depressed because his girlfriend broke up with him. It's all super surface-level, uninteresting garbage that I would almost rather he'd left out in favor of more shooting.
Now, I will say there are several solid jokes in this volume. In fact, the entire 4th issue, while ditching the homage to zombie movies, is one huge, running parody of cyberpunk, that I thought was executed excellently. Everybody speaks in these garbled, ridiculous techno-languages, and the cyberpunk world itself is heightened to complete absurdity. That said, the zombie aspect of this one gets wrapped a little too neat and nice, and then it's over. I feel like FVL should just write a whole cyberpunk parody that doesn't have zombies in it, because he's clearly very good at it.
Now, for the last issue, which almost by itself makes me want to give this 1 star. In it, a bitter, angry nerd from Earth Zero (read: the Earth we actually live on), actively hates Fred Van Lente's MZ stories. He spends the first several pages complaining about how terrible they are, and how they aren't as good as the originals (which is true, by and large). Then, he gets home, opens an old comic book he ordered from Egypt or something (whatever), and contracts a zombie plague. Of course, Machine Man and Howard the Duck, the two characters from the comic he ordered, show up and blow him away.
It's so, so weird.
I would call it "passive aggressive," but writing a story where you murder a guy who doesn't like your comics seems to be openly aggressive. It's so gross and uncalled for, and just smacks of a whiny writer who can't handle online criticism (the lamest kind of criticism, and I say that as a person who is currently doing it). I mean, did he think that by writing something called "Marvel Zombies" he was going to be changing the world? It's a fun, stupid series that is obviously going to earn the contempt of some people, particularly when taken over by a less-known writer than the original. Don't show them that it gets to you, y'know? Just write what you want and ignore the haters or whatever. Don't make me read your diary.
Anyway, issues 2 and 4 of this series are decent enough to read, but I wouldn't go out of your way for this collection. At this point, Marvel Zombies is clearly out of great ideas, and would probably be best left to rot in the grave. That is a zombie reference! Get it?!!
Read information about the authorVan Lente was raised by a mystery-loving mother (who preferred Dorothy Sayers to Agatha Christie, but we won't hold that against her) and a wisecracking Woody Allen-lookalike scientist father in what appears to be some kind of genetic experiment to write his first novel, TEN DEAD COMEDIANS, even though neither parent nor the son himself would know it for many years.
Van Lente spent his time between birth and authoring Ten Dead Comedians becoming the #1 New York Times best selling writer of graphic novels like Cowboys & Aliens (the basis of the feature film), Odd is on Our Side with Dean R. Koontz, and the gorily funny Marvel Zombies series.
He did some other things too, but they hardly seem worth mentioning.
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