Do you guys remember the awesomeness that was Marvel’s Zombies titles?  The first of which was written by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman with art by the great Sean Phillips, and have always maintained a good level of popularity.  It looks like they’ll be making a comeback, attached to the upcoming run of “Secret Wars” and tie into both Battleworld AND Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Entertainment Weekly writes most of the inhabitants of Battleworld, the land where Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies takes place is walled off from the rest of the planet. Do you prefer your doom to come via flesh-eating, mostly intelligent, super-powered zombies, or by an army of indestructible robot despots?  Unfortunately for some of the inhabitants of Battleworld, it’s where you get sent if you’re deserving of severe punishment.

“Getting sent to this No Man’s Land means you’ve done something wrong in Battleworld,” says editor Mark Paniccia. “It’s equivalent to having to walk the plank over shark-infested waters. In this story you’ll see someone who is deemed a criminal sentenced to this very dangerous territory—a character I can’t mention—but is a really cool twist that James came up with.”


Caught in this post-apocalyptic hellscape will be The Vision, Wonder Man, and Jim Hammond, the original Human Torch—along with someone writer James Robinson says will be “a very cool surprise.” While everyone will be trying to kill the heroes (along with everyone else in from the former multiverse exiled with them), the Ultron/Zombie armies won’t be very chummy.

“Ultron sees his world as the epitome of perfection and the Zombies are the antithesis of that, so no they don’t get along at all,” says Robinson. “They war for whatever humanity they can find, with Ultron wishing to either control it or kill it and the zombies wanting to eat it.  They’re definitely at war.”


“[The series will be] at times tongue-in-cheek in that I’m trying to capture the black humor of the zombies and their situation, in the spirit of the original series,” says Robinson. “However at the same time this is about what it means to be human and what it means to have that humanity taken from you, so there are some serious elements too.  We’ll also see this bizarre scenario through the eyes of a character from a less technologically advanced domain where Ultron hasn’t been created.  He must coming to terms with what he has the potential to/is capable of creating and then learning how to defeat it.  And yes, it will be a story of survival too.”
Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies #1 goes on sale June 3rd 2015 and will be written by James Robinson with art by Steve Pugh, covers by Carlos Pacheco.
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