The Walking Dead Season 4 Trailer

The incredible TV show adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s Zombie comic book series is back. At the moment only in the form of a four-minute twenty-five second trailer, but that is enough to make fans spines tingle at the thought of what is coming.the-walking-dead-s4-poster

Although series 3 did not exactly finish with a huge climax like series 2 did, it still opened up the story to an all new angle – I am trying not to reveal the ending to series 3 here just in case anyone has not seen it. From the new trailer it appears that, while series 3 was about trying to survive, series 4 will consist of Rick and the gang pondering the question ‘why are we trying to survive?’ Will there really be any point in them actually attempting to survive the plague of the dead, and what will be left afterwards which will be worth living for?

The trailer seems to portray a storyline which is more in-keeping with the plot of the comic books, although the past three series’ did roughly stick to what happened throughout the first three graphic novels, a lot was changed – in some ways this was better as they added in more colourful characters than were in the comics. However, being a fan of the comic books myself, I found that there were many scenes in them which I would have loved to see on-screen, but never did. That’s not to say that what I did see was bad, because all three series’ were just as enjoyable as the comics. But it looks as though season 4 is going to use more references to them, that’s the way the trailer has made it look anyway.

One thing which I am really looking forward to seeing more of is Tyreese, he is a vital character in Kirkman’s comics, but has only just become a main character towards the end of season 3. It looks as if he is going to get his time to shine though in season 4, with the trailer showing him in one of the best parts of the comic books, when he is surrounded by the undead as he chops away at them with his machete.

The trailer looks as if our next helping of The Walking Dead will consist of a sorrow-filled journey for our band of heroes. After 3 series’ we have become so in touch with the characters – Glenn, Maggie, Rick, Hershel, Daryl – that it is going to be so hard to say goodbye to them, that is if season 4 is their last appearance. Whatever the future of the show holds, I’m sure that flesh will be bitten, hearts will be broken and brains will go flying.

Graphic Novel: Marvel Zombies vs Army of Darkness

Marvel’s ideas for their comic books have gone above and beyond wackyness in the past, and just when you think that it can’t get any crazier than their Marvel Zombies series, they create one of the greatest crossovers in comic book history. Marvel Zombies vs Army of Darkness.Marvel_Zombies_Vs._Army_of_Darkness_Vol_1_1

This is a crossover which, until now, only occurred in a fanboy’s dream. For those unfamiliar with the Army of Darkness, it is the army of Deadites (demons) from the Evil Dead film trilogy, which are constantly awoken by the Necronomicon – the book of the dead, and then sent back to hell by the film’s protagonist ‘Ash Williams’. Throughout the films Ash cuts off his hand after it gets infected by darkness, and replaces it with a chainsaw, which is then replaced with an artificial metal hand. However he keeps the chainsaw, and, along with his boom-stick (double-barrelled shotgun) he rids the world of these evil creatures.

Now Ash has fallen through a hole in the sky, and into another universe, quite similar to his own. There is only one major difference, this universe is inhabited by Marvel heroes, and after Ash gets a warning that the Deadites will soon arrive and destroy this world, he realises that it is up to him to warn the Earth’s crusaders about their impending doom. Assuming that he is a complete nut-job, the heroes ignore him, until they realise that he was babbling the truth, but by then it is too late.

Set just before the first Marvel Zombies comic book series, this one shows something that the other did not…the actual infection spreading, and then the world’s population being devoured by the heroes. Which was great because most of the time, in something zombie themed, the best part is seeing the outbreak happening, as oppose to what happens afterwards. It also brings along with it the humour of Ash from the Evil Dead films – his overly arrogant macho-ness and his famous catchphrase “gimme some sugar baby”, although this time spoken by a zombie, the boom-stick makes sure that he does not speak it again.

Ash teams up with the only heroes left: Scarlett Witch, Dazzler and unfortunately Dr. Doom. Together they attempt to stop the infection by using the Necronomicon, and save what’s left of humanity. However a huge twist in the story, forces Ash to work together with an enemy which fans of the films would never think was possible.marvel-zombiesarmy-of-darkness-20070306024243797-000

The Karate kid himself, Ralph Macchio, once again is the editor. However this time it was written by John Layman, rather than Robert Kirkman. Before you feel that there might be some slight disappointment, have no fear because Kirkman was the consultant, so he oversaw the entire thing. The images, by Fabiano Neves, are once again rife with colour and detail, down to the last blood-seeping scar, and the vast landscapes which sometimes take up entire pages are just breath-taking. There is so much going on in the scene, you think that you have seen everything on the page and then discover something else going on.

This is a novel that comic and horror film fans alike will be drooling over whilst reading it. From the witty comedic conversation, although short, between Ash and Spider Man, to the classic comic covers which have been altered to display the Marvel zombies and Ash popping up in the background (the cover for the graphic novel actually being the cover from an Uncanny X-Men issue which the upcoming film X-Men: Days of Future Past storyline is taken from), these are just some of the aspects which make this such an enjoyable read, and impossible to put down.

Publication: MARVEL

Graphic Novel: Marvel Zombies

Taken straight from the pages of Ultimate Fantastic Four, comes a spin-off depicting a universe similar to our own, with one major difference…it is inhabited by flesh eating ghouls.mz1

It started after Reed Richards’ (Mr. Fantastic) counterpart attempted to lure him into another dimension, however Magneto, who is still alive in this other dimension, succeeds in smashing the machine and closes the gateway. Protecting our world, but leaving himself stranded and at the mercy of the re-animated bodies of the Marvel heroes.

An infection has spread throughout this world turning people into the undead, no one was safe from the virus, not even the Marvel super-heroes, who, after turning into zombies themselves, proceed to scour the earth in search of survivors which they can sink their teeth in to.

As soon as I heard about this comic book series I knew that I would enjoy it, being a lover of Marvel Comics and anything zombie related, and it does not disappoint. The novel sort of turns the super-hero theme on it’s head, with the protagonists being turned in to the antagonists, however the personalities and emotions of the characters are still the same, it is just the hunger which has changed them. We still get the comical quips from Spider-Man, the leadership position from Captain America, the intelligence from Ant-Man and the bitchy arrogance from Iron Man. All your lovable heroes…with a slight twist.

It was obvious that this was going to be an enjoyable and exciting series when I heard who was behind the ideas for it: Mark Miller (Kick-Ass, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Wanted), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and Ralph Macchio (who everyone should know as The Karate Kid). Beginning with a call from Macchio who knew that Kirkman was basically the go to zombie guy, after the great success of his Walking Dead series. Macchio explained that whilst Miller was writing his Ultimate Fantastic Four comics, he wanted to tell the story of this other universe, and have it be the best it could be. After much deliberation of how gory the series could be, due to it being a Marvel comic, the Marvel Zombies series was born. You can see the huge influence which Kirkman had on this project, the comics still had to have that element of being Marvel, but somehow be different. They are, in the way that the story is told through a view which Kirkman is known for, he wrote his Walking Dead series because, although he loved zombie films, he always wanted to know what happened afterwards. A film is limited to an ending, but a comic book series can carry on the story of survival, and Marvel Zombies shows this, everyone on this earth has been eaten, so the question is ‘what do the zombies do now?’marvel-zombies-2

Every part if this graphic novel was just perfect – zombie heroes fighting regular heroes, an all out brawl between undead heroes and villains, the attention to detail and humour of the gore used and the arrival of the Silver Surfer and a certain 28ft destroyer of worlds who attempt to rid the planet of this evil. Not to mention the artwork which was used for the five comic book instalments, original artwork from older comics such as Amazing Fantasy #15 (first appearance of Spider-Man) and Fantastic Four #1 (first appearance of Fantastic Four), and changed them to the zombie versions of the heroes and villains.

Anyone who is a fan of Marvel Comics will definitely enjoy this series, which continues with Marvel Zombies 2, 3, 4, 5 and one of the best cross-overs that could possibly happen…Marvel Zombies vs Army of Darkness.

Publication: MARVEL

The Walking Dead – Series 3

The zombie-apocalyptic hit TV show is back on our screens with it’s third season, which is the longest so far, 16 episodes in all, 10 more the first season. As any fans of the show will have seen from the past two seasons, the storyline and make-up effects have gotten better through each one, and season 3 is no different, with the zombies looking more realistic as they are no longer just infected people hobbling around, now they are actually corpses, with most of their flesh missing.

For anyone who has not been following the TV series, which is based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, centres around Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), his wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies), their son Carl (Chandler Riggs) and a group of survivors who are trying to stay alive in whatever way they can whilst fighting the hordes of undead.

Season 3 starts off, as did the first two, with a bang, after the cliffhanger of an overhead view of the abandoned prison at the end of series 2, it has been hanging on our minds of where the story would lead to next, without giving too much away for those who haven’t seen the episode yet, it is a heart pounding episode all the way through, which makes you feel as though you are playing a zombie game on a console as you watch Rick and the gang slaughter and gun down the ghouls.

Along with a slightly adapted, and yet more exciting, opening credits sequence, the series also introduces two new characters, Michonne (Danai Gurira) and The Governor (David Morrissey), who will become more prominent as the series plays out.

The show was developed for the screen by Frank Darabont, who is also famous for bringing us films such as: The Mist, The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption. The show also stars Steven Yeun as Glenn, Laurie Holden as Andrea, Norman Reedus as Daryl, IronE Singleton as T-Dog, Melissa McBride as Carol, Lauren Cohan as Maggie and Scott Wilson as Hershel.

I would urge any fan of zombie films, or of The Walking Dead TV and comic book series to watch the new episode, and the ones that follow.