Kirkman, who has proven he knows how to write thought provoking and terrifying zombie tales as writer of Image Comics' "The Walking Dead" was Marvel's first choice to write "Marvel Zombies." "I love Marvel Comics and I love Zombies... I couldn't really pass this up," Kirkman told CBR News. "I said yes immediately and then sat patiently waiting to hear who the artist would be. When I found out it was Sean Phillips, I nearly flipped out. I've been a fan of Sean's stuff for some time now and I absolutely loved his work on 'Sleeper' (with Ed Brubaker). I am thrilled to be working with him. I'd do 'Marvel Clowns' if Sean was drawing it."
Readers who may have missed the first appearance of the zombie plagued Marvel Universe in "Ultimate Fantastic Four" won't be lost reading "Marvel Zombies." "You should read it because it's kind of cool, but you don't have to," Kirkman said. " 'Marvel Zombies' stands on it's own fairly well, I think. But readers of 'Ultimate Fantasic Four' will have a little more insight into the characters, especially Magneto, who plays a large part in this mini."
The hungry ghouls of "Marvel Zombies" may not be the typical mindless style zombies, but like all walking dead there is a specific way to kill them, which Kirkman establishes in the mini-series. "That will be revealed in the context of the book. It's part of the plot, so I really don't want to give it away here," Kirkman explained. "But rest assured that will be explored in the series and I think I've got some cool stuff planned."
"Marvel Zombies" will primarily focus on what passes for life in the zombie infested world. "They're hunting for food, fighting over food and hunting down Magneto, who is pretty much the last man on Earth," Kirkman explained. "Then the Silver Surfer shows up and the shit really hits the fan."
"Marvel Zombies" artist Sean Phillips has enjoyed bringing Kirkman's horrific and occasionally humorous scripts to life. Philips said the most enjoyable part of the process thus far has been playing around with the huge cast of Marvel characters Kirkman's given him to draw. Drawing superheroes was the most fun, but it was also the most difficult part of "Marvel Zombies" for Phillips. "I've spent the last few years drawing characters in street clothes, so drawing all those muscles in spandex again has been a challenge," he explained.
Phillips's art style for "Marvel Zombies" is similar to what he used on his acclaimed Wildstorm collaboration with Ed Brubaker, "Sleeper." "Heavily photo-reffed, inked mostly with a brush, but more gridded, less free-form than 'Sleeper.' As this story is a sequel to 'Ultimate Fantastic Four,' I have to keep the look of the characters consistent, so they wear the same costumes Greg gave them, but drawn in my style," Phillips said. "I just based my zombies on Greg's versions. Zombie Thor and Captain America have been my favorites so far."
"Marvel Zombies" has been a fun project for Kirkman. It's an assignment that allowed him to combine his passion for "The Walking Dead" with his love of characters from the House of Ideas, but it seems like, for Kirkman, the real appeal of "Marvel Zombies" was a chance to work with the book's artist. "Sean Philips, baby. If you buy this book for nothing else pick it up for him," Kirkman said. "His pages are stunning."