Original Release Date: February 1, 2007
Number of Issues: 4 (mini-series; collected graphic novel)
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Zombie crossovers: they’re all the rage these days. Differing slightly from the zombie mash-up, where the undead are inserted in a known story as the story itself is re-imagined, the zombie crossover is a much more flexible event: put our favorite reanimated creatures into the realm of an existing fictional universe, and let the mayhem begin.
We’ve seen the zombie crossover with quite a few properties recently, most notably those in the sci-fi realm: to name just a few, Star Wars has the novel “Death Troopers” (reviewed by The G.O.R.E. Score not too long ago), Star Trek has the recently-released book “Night of the Living Trekkies” (to be reviewed by The G.O.R.E. Score soon!), and IDW Entertainment just announced a massive intra-company crossover where zombies will feature in their “licensed” comic book properties of G.I. Joe, Star Trek, Transformers, and Ghostbusters.
The result of zombie crossovers, much like mash-ups, meet with mixed success: if done correctly, with the appropriate amount of intelligence and respect for the “home” property, these stories can be very entertaining and a great “what if” to let fans see how characters they know and love in one environment might react to an undead menace. The boundary between doing a crossover or mash-up because someone wants to create an amazing story versus the desire to cash in and “make a quick buck” off of the current popularity of zombies is a fine line, and usually the savvy zombie fan can tell which is which pretty quickly.