Young Liars #14 was just more proof that this series gets better with age – it is a confusing, sprawling epic, where reality is at no fixed address, but blimey it ROCKS.
Marvel Zombies 4 #1 further enhances the reputation of the Van Lente / Walker team up and shows that their success on Marvel Zombies 3 was no fluke. Why don’t they get to run with the Marvel Zombies franchise with a monthly title?
Also worthy of mention were the Captain Britain & MI13 and Infinite Horizon releases this week. Captain Britain vs Dracula sounds like it should be from his original run in the 70s, but trust me, this title is a must. Superbly written by Paul Cornell, it demands a wide audience. A close third this week. Infinite Horizon – all I can say is welcome back! Great writing and magnificent art.
After reviving the Marvel Zombies franchise with its third iteration, starring Jocasta and (the superb) Machine Man, and just months after its finale, dynamic duo Fred Van Lente and Kev Walker have brought the first issue of the fourth installment of Marvel Zombies. I am glad to say it continues their good run of form. Marvel Zombies 4 is a lot of fun.
The idea of a supernatural super-team is nothing new, but in this context, having ‘The Midnight Sons’ chasing down the undead works perfectly as a concept, even though this first issue is really just re-establishing characters such as Morbius and Jack Russel (aka Werewolf by Night). There is plenty of humour streaked throughout these pages, whether it be Jennifer Kale poking fun at the Son Of Satan (aka Daemon Hellstrom) and his demonic laugh, or the fun to be had with a zombie Deadpool who is now nothing more than a head. Yes, a zombie Deadpool who is nothing more than a head. The beauty of this is, that teamed up with Zombie Simon Garth, Deadpool steals all the scenes he is, with some absurd situations working brilliantly thanks to the humour in Van Lentes writing and Kev Walkers great and gory art. There are even some undead in there, but not what you would expect at all. There is some darkness and a lot of blood and violence, with Morbius especially full of rage after his experiences in Marvel Zombies 3 (but this rage is what is propelling MZ4), but it is tempered by the lighter moments when Deadpool brings some excellent comic relief.
A great start – I think this is going to be one of Marvels strongest titles during its short run. Who would bet against there being a Marvel Zombies 5?
Marvel Zombies 4 #1, Written by Fred Van Lente / Art by Kev Walker, is out now.
Some good stuff this week, especially;
CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI 13 #12 MARVEL COMICS
INFINITE HORIZON #4 IMAGE COMICS
MARVEL ZOMBIES 4 #1 MARVEL COMICS
YOUNG LIARS #14 DC COMICS
Captain Britain continues to be great, as it maintains a real British vibe with some great choices for supporting characters (such as Blade). Lots of vampires this issue, and how can you go wrong with that? I have already written about Infintite Horizon in the last couple of days, but I will say again ABOUT TIME TOO!
Another highlight is the return of the Marvel Zombie franchise, with The Midnight Sons, under the leadership of Vampire Michael Morbius and under the command of A.R.M.O.R., hunt zombies who have escaped to different universes. Meanwhile, The Hood makes his own plans to capture the virus for his own ends. This should be great, especially as Fred Van Lente did such a great job with Marvel Zombies 3. Read more about it here.
Finally, Young Liars #14 arrives this week to confuse and exhilirate in equal measure, but it is always welcome and it is always either good or, as it has been lately, excellent. This time around, it looks as if Annie X is the focal point.
http://uk.comics.ign.com/articles/969/969670p1.html Captain Britain & MI13 #14 preview
http://www.imagecomics.com/fivepagepreview.php?title=theinfinitehorizon04&page=cover&doubles= Infinite Horizon #4 preview
http://www.marvel.com/catalog/?id=11470 Marvel Zombies 4 #1 solicitation information
http://www.dccomics.com/vertigo/comics/?cm=11551 Young Liars #14 solicitation information