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Robot 666 | Exclusive: Marvel Zombies Supreme coming in March 2011

artwork by Michael Komarck

Marvel Zombies Supreme #1

Next March, the Marvel Zombies will rise once again, and this time they’re infecting the Squadron Supreme.

Courtesy of our friends at Marvel Comics, we’re pleased to bring you the first look at Marvel Zombies Supreme, a five-issue series by writer Frank Marraffino (who wrote the Haunted Tank miniseries for Vertigo a couple years back) and the art team of Fernando Blanco, Jason Paz and Chris Chuckry. Michael Komarck provides the covers.

The story revolves around Jill Harper and her “super-crisis special-ops unit,” who investigate an underground research facility where a new virulent zombie strain has infected the Squadron Supreme. It’s up to Harper and her crew to keep the zombies from escaping the facility to devour the rest of the planet.

First launched in 2005, the Marvel Zombies series of miniseries have shown us what happens when you mix superheroes and zombies — it usually ends badly for the heroes and the people they protect. The original series featured a decimated Earth-2149, which was overrun by zombie versions of Spider-Man, Wolverine and other Marvel heroes. The zombies have gone on to appear in the regular Marvel (616) universe, in a crossover with Dynamite’s Army of Darkness movie adaptation and even in a Spider-Ham one-shot.

Check out the full solicitation info and the cover to the second issue, also by Komarck, after the jump.

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Writer: Frank Marraffino
Penciler: Fernando Blanco
Inker: Jason Paz
Colorist: Chris Chuckry
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover artist: Michael Komarck

Responding to a mysterious emergency call, Jill Harper and her super-crisis special-ops unit descend deep into the bowels of a top secret underground research facility. They discover that the demented experiments of an unhinged geneticist have placed them at ground zero of a brand new virulent zombie strain – one that has infected powerful superheroes. The Squadron Supreme, once heroic defenders of justice and utopian ideals, have been reduced to corpulent cannibalistic murderers with a voracious appetite for human flesh. Harper and her team fight against overwhelming odds to stop this ravenous zombie menace where it began – before it spreads out to devour the earth.

artwork by Michael Komarck

Marvel Zombies Supreme #2

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Good god, not again.

Here’s hoping it ties in with the regular Marvel Zombies books…
…but Squadron Supreme? I’m afraid I’m only familiar with the name so while I’ll grab it I probably won’t like it as much.

Any thoughts on Marraffino? I trusted Van Lente as Kirkman’s successor on this series, but don’t know any of this guy’s work. Not familiar with most of the artists either.

Nice ACTION COMICS #1 homage there on the cover of issue #2.

“Is that Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman as zombies?”

“No, it’s just Squadron Supreme.”

“Oh ok, nevermind then.”

I’m as big a fan of the modern Squadron as anyone… but… I don’t get it. Hopefully they don’t put Hyperion in the same role as the Sentry in the previous stuff.

Maybe it’ll be part of a Squadron Supreme / Supreme Power re-launch next year?

I wondering if Mark Gruewald is…….

Naaaaaah………not even finishing that remark….!

Marvel f’ed up big time when they moved the Squadron away from the MAX imprint. Won’t be buying this.

As much as I love the Marvel Zombies premise….the last two mini’s were terrible and I wish Marvel would give it a rest for a few years!

I would prefer if Marvel would release Marvel Zombies as an OGN every Halloween. I think that wold be a way better idea.

@ Toede: I agree, take advantage of the season by not just doing a press release

This better not be the “616″/Earth-712 Squadron, so to speak.

I loved what Van Lente was doing with Machine Man in the previous two mini’s though the last one was a little disappointing with the changing artists almost every month. They really should keep Machine Man the star of the book. He was what made it funny. I can’t imagine the Squadron Supreme zombies being funny at all. Especially since they’ve got an unknown writer and artists that we’ve never heard of.

i liked Van Lente’ run but zombies isn’t my cup of tea, but that’s an interesting way to spotlight onto the characters and to make new readers discover or re-discover better the team, so that’s ok for me.

all i want is more Squadron Supreme…:

Squadron Supreme ongoing…
Squadron Supreme Forever

I was hoping for a “ressurection” of The Squadron Supreme but I guess this is a case of be careful what you wish for—

What I’m really waiting for is Marvel New Universe Zombies. You know, Zombie Kickers, Inc. Zombie Psi-Force. Zombie Spitfire & the Troubleshooters. That’ll totally ROCK!

And what about Timely Zombies? Who wouldn’t want to see Zombies vs. the Japs, I mean, the Nazis??

Sigh they bring back the Squadron and this is how they do it? Sorry , probably going to have to give it a pass, Stazynski made the Squadron as awesome as possible before Chaykin spit all over it, there’s no going “back” now for the squadron

Jill Harper= Jill Valentine? Just wondering…

the problem isn’t the concept, but the art
- sorry had to say it

Marraffino wrote THE DARK GOODBYE Vol 1 & 2 for TokoyoPop — and it was rather flat.

I would love it if Marvel would do a Marvel Zombies weekly miniseries for the month of October. I’m not big on the whole OGN, I prefer regular comics.
And as long as they do sweet covers I’ll keep getting them. I mean out of ALL of the Marvel Zombies books out there now the ONLY one that sucked was the crossover with those stupid monkeys.

Gotta love the “oh god, not again” type of responses, as if the quality of the books aren’t still good. So they’ve run it into the ground. I’ll complain when it starts to suck.

@Toede: The Marvel Zombies 5 collection came out last week, and the first issue of that came out in April, so they are probably timing the collection to hit next Halloween – almost what you want; possibly more cost-effective for Marvel.

Jeff–

This isn’t me prematurely hating on the book. I haven’t read the book yet, and obviously it could be fantastic. I’m just annoyed at the saturation and to my mind, it has started to suck. I recognize this is not a widespread belief, as shown by the fact they keep putting out the damn things and people keep buying them. But I will say the Van Lente era on Marvel Zombies was just so good that he burned me out on the concept entirely. Having seen Van Lente do it and do it very well, I’m not very interested in something that’s probably going to shamble purposelessly over the same ground.
But then, that’s just me.

Please, whatever deity that reads CBR message boards, don’t let it be the Earth-712 Squadron. I know Marvel’s not doing anything with them, but why waste good characters?

To mirror the sentiment, too much, niche characters that only a niche care about could be brilliant but won’t set the comic industry aflame.

I don’t like this series…for religious and moral reasons. But this new series is just poor, in all regards…

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