- Publisher: Marvel
- Writer: Si Spurrier
- Art: Kev Walker (pencils), Jason Gorder (inks, p. 6-15)
Halfway through the miniseries, I can say again with the utmost certainty that Marvel Zombies is one of the best Secret Wars tie-ins. As before, Marvel Zombies #3 chronicles the journey of Elsa Bloodstone and her as-yet-mysterious companion, affectionately nicknamed Shuttup. This time around, Jason Gorder joins the creative team on inks for pages 6-15.
The last we left our intrepid duo, Shuttup has been captured by the rotters, Elsa meets a dangling Deadpool, and there’s a spork hanging near Danglypool. Most of this issue centers around Elsa’s rescuing of Shuttup, and after months of mystery, an encounter with the mysterious hooded figure stalking them ever since their journey started.
Childhood flashbacks are still numerous here, and boy, do they hit hard. With Ulysses’ teachings guiding most of Elsa’s actions so far into the series, her small acts of defiance have been a highlight whenever it happens, and this time around, it happens in a big way. The mystery of how her hair became that colour, something I’ve talked about on the review of the first issue, is also answered here. Elsa softening up and opening herself to Shuttup is also another welcome change, having been consistently cold and distant to her (yes, her) over the course of the series.
That’s not to say that this issue is short on action. On the contrary, there’s a lot of zombies being dispatched in short order, especially in the first half, masterfully depicted by Walker, Gorder, and Guru-eFX. Some highlights are Elsa playing a game of Run-a-Mole Man-Over and her headbutting a dangling zombie Morbius’ head off.
Something I’ve regretfully neglected to mention the past few issues is the work of letterer Clayton Cowles. His sound effects in this issue are brilliantly shaped, and I’ve always liked the gray bubbles indicating Elsa’s flashback dialogue. But the best thing about his lettering in this issue has to be the first-ever spork-bubble.
With plenty of action, loads of character, delightful bouts of dark humour, and that shocker of a last page, Marvel Zombies #3 is yet another great ride. October is going to be a long, long wait.
Also, I take back my feeling bad about Ulysses. He’s a prick. A well-intentioned prick, but still a prick.