Original Release Date: January 1, 2010 (collected)
Number of Issues: 5
Publisher: Marvel Entertainment
“Marvel Zombies Return” finally gives us a sense of closure for the story concerning the “original” Marvel Zombies. Marvel was also wise to bring in some experienced “zombie veteran” writers to each have their hand at writing an issue of this series:
- the second issue, with a story revolving around Iron Man, was written by David Wellington, author of the “Monster” trilogy of books
- the third issue, with a story revolving around Wolverine, was written by “Patient Zero” and “Zombie CSU” author Jonathan Maberry
- the fourth issue, with a story revolving around The Hulk, was written by Seth Grahame-Smith, best known to fans as the “co-author” of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”
Fred Van Lente, the writer for the “MZ3” and “MZ4” mini-series, provided the bookend first and fifth issues.
When we last saw these zombies at the end of “MZ2,” they were surprised by a small group of survivors and teleported off of their original home world of Earth, which they had decimated. The teleportation device used to surprise them had been reconstructed from its original form and the reader was never given an idea of who programmed it or where it was set to send the zombies.