Forget hero versus hero - what about robots versus zombies? That oddball match-up will take center stage in the newest series announced tying into Marvel's Secret Wars.
Announced by Entertainment Weekly (though teased in late 2014), Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies is pretty much summed up in its title - the era of the recent Age of Ultron comic event opposing zombified versions of Marvel characters as previously seen in the hit comic series Marvel Zombies. The series, debuting this June, is by the recent All-New Invaders team of James Robinson and Steve Pugh, and will feature one of that book's stars, Jimm Hammond, the original Human Torch.
“[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.”
The series will be set in the Battleworld domain dubbed 'No Man's Land,' and is described by editor Mark Paniccia as a prison area of sorts for this patchwork planet.
“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.”
In addition to Jim Hammond and this mystery character, Paniccia says the series will include the Vision and Wonder Man, as well as Tigra and a host of zombified Marvel villains from a look at the first preview pages. Robinson says the battle lines will force everyone into two camps -- zombies versus robots, with the unzombified humans caught inbetween.
“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.”
Although Age of Ultron shares a name with the upcoming Avengers movie sequel, the comic series has no official or implicit tie-in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the movie coming out in May.
Here is preview pages from the book, courtesy of EW: