We have reached the penultimate issue in Marvel Zombies: Resurrection, which can only mean one thing: a stakes-raising issue! Phillip K. Johnson
and Leonard Kirk have already revealed in the last two issues this is a Spider-Man story at its core, pushing the character in new directions given the near end of the world storyline. In this third issue, Peter continues to juggle the guilt and doubts of being one of the only heroes still alive while in a situation that feels completely lost. When the chips are down there’s no better hero for the situation, and we see that in this week’s issue.
As you can see in the Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #3 preview, we get a little more information about what happened the day a zombie Galactus took out most of Earth’s heroes. Franklin was bitten and somehow Peter has kept him safe ever since. As he and other heroes like Nanny, Blade, and Valeria Richards head to Atlantis, it’s quite clear Spider-Man’s past actions are weighing heavily on him. Johnson and Kirk have done well in this story to show how Peter is finding new strength and possibility in his responsibility to the Fantastic Four kids, but also to himself. He has felt like he’s let down all of the world’s heroes, but what does that get you? There’s a story here about finding another gear to carry on that Spider-Man fans will connect with.
As the story goes, this issue offers a couple of big reveals and some healthy explanation as to what is going on. I won’t spoil a single thing, but know there are some good page-turners that’ll wet your whistle. As far as penultimate issues go, this firmly establishes that the final issue will be a must-read book for those even moderately interested. Johnson and Kirk have thoroughly weaved in some interesting themes into this dystopian zombie tale and in this issue, there are a few more ideas at work that’ll play to the fantasy crowd.
Speaking of fantasy, Kirk once again does a great job with Peter’s sorrow and his possible return as the most steadfast hero. There’s a lot of anguish in his face in this issue, but he’s got a bit more resolve and heroism behind it. On the flip side, there are some creepy images on the villain’s side of things. I’m not sure I’ll look at a certain cosmic hero the same way again. This creative team continues to offer some great ideas as far as zombified heroes turned to weapons, too. If you enjoyed the Cyclops head as ray-gun in the first issue, keep your eyes peeled here.
The art can look a bit too muddy for its own good, however, and at times Peter’s face can look wildly different from panel to panel. However, colorist Rachelle Rosenberg colors the issue in a darker tone, which suits the darker theme of the book. Colors brighten up for action scenes, and when it matters, most of the art works well.
This is a good third issue that is effective in setting up the stakes for a finale that seems impossible for the heroes to win. Marvel Zombies: Resurrection is setting up the perfect finale for Spider-Man fans and horror fans alike.