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The magic of the Marvel Multiverse is that you can do almost anything with it. Often, this means we get to see versions of our favourite heroes and villains that are wildly different to what we’re used to seeing. Marvel Zombies – an alternate universe where all of Marvel’s characters have become a zombie – is one of the most popular.

While it might have started as a concept in Ultimate Fantastic FourMarvel Zombies has spawned into many miniseries by big-name creators. This has included the likes of The Walking Dead’s Robert KirkmanSean PhillipsFred Van Lente, and many others.

With the various miniseries, spin-offs, and tie-ins, it can be confusing as to what the recommended reading order for Marvel Zombies is. Luckily, this reading order checklist is your tool for survival.

Do I need to read everything?

It’s up to you as to how much Marvel Zombies you read. The numbered miniseries are the core series and act as sequels to one another. The beginning of each miniseries brings readers up to speed so you can jump on with any miniseries.

Where can I read Marvel Zombies?

Marvel Zombies can be found at any good comic book shops, online stores, eBay, and digitally on Kindle and Marvel Unlimited.

Marvel Zombies cover by Arthur Suydam.
Marvel Zombies cover by Arthur Suydam.

Marvel Zombies Reading Order

Looking to read Marvel Zombies in chronological order? Then you’ve come to the right place. The below is the recommended reading order for Marvel Zombies, which includes plenty of notes along the way.

Marvel Zombies: Dead Days

Note: Marvel Zombies: Dead Days is a one-shot that explores how the plague started and who was infected first. This was released between the original Marvel Zombies series and Marvel Zombies 2, but is chronologically before both of them.

Ultimate Fantastic Four #21

Ultimate Fantastic Four #22

Ultimate Fantastic Four #23

Note: These are the first appearance of the Marvel Zombies concept and set up the miniseries. Ultimate Fantastic Four #21-23 was reprinted as part of the Marvel Tales: The Original Marvel Zombies one-shot.

Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness #1

Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness #2

Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness #3

Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness #4

Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness #5

Note: Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness is an inter-company crossover that Marvel did with Dynamite Entertainment. As you can assume by the title, it pits Ash of The Army of Darkness/Evil Dead fame again Marvel Zombies. The series also acts as a prequel.

Marvel Zombies (2005 series) #1

Marvel Zombies (2005 series) #2

Marvel Zombies (2005 series) #3

Marvel Zombies (2005 series) #4

Marvel Zombies (2005 series) #5

Ultimate Fantastic Four #30

Ultimate Fantastic Four #31

Ultimate Fantastic Four #32

Black Panther (2005 series) #28

Black Panther (2005 series) #29

Black Panther (2005 series) #30

Note: These Black Panther issues are the first example of the mainstream Marvel Universe crossing over with Marvel Zombies.

Marvel Zombies 2 #1

Marvel Zombies 2 #2

Marvel Zombies 2 #3

Marvel Zombies 2 #4

Marvel Zombies 2 #5

Note: This is set 40 years after the original Marvel Zombies series and details the Zombie Civil War.

Marvel Zombies Return #1

Marvel Zombies Return #2

Marvel Zombies Return #3

Marvel Zombies Return #4

Marvel Zombies Return #5

Note: This 2009 miniseries explores the aftermath of Marvel Zombies 2.

Marvel Zombies 3 #1

Marvel Zombies 3 #2

Marvel Zombies 3 #3

Marvel Zombies 3 #4

Note: In Marvel Zombies 3 the Marvel Zombies have invaded the regular Marvel Universe.

Marvel Zombies 4 #1

Marvel Zombies 4 #2

Marvel Zombies 4 #3

Marvel Zombies 4 #4

Deadpool: Merc With A Mouth #1

Deadpool: Merc With A Mouth #2

Deadpool: Merc With A Mouth #3

Deadpool: Merc With A Mouth #4

Deadpool: Merc With A Mouth #5

Deadpool: Merc With A Mouth #6

Deadpool: Merc With A Mouth #7

Deadpool: Merc With A Mouth #8

Deadpool: Merc With A Mouth #9

Deadpool: Merc With A Mouth #10

Deadpool: Merc With A Mouth #11

Deadpool: Merc With A Mouth #12

Deadpool: Merc With A Mouth #13

Note: Deadpool: Merc With A Mouth spins out of Marvel Zombies 4. In this series Deadpool obtains the head of his zombie self and return it back the Zombie Universe.

OPTIONAL: Deadpool Corps Prelude and #1-12. This is a sequel to Deadpool: Merc With A Mouth but starts to deviate from Marvel Zombies a lot.

Marvel Apes: Prime Eight Special #1

Marvel Zombies: Evil Evolution

Note: Two one-shots that put Marvel Apes against Marvel Zombies.

Marvel Zombies 5 #1

Marvel Zombies 5 #2

Marvel Zombies 5 #3

Marvel Zombies 5 #4

Marvel Zombies 5 #5

Marvel Zombies Supreme #1

Marvel Zombies Supreme #2

Marvel Zombies Supreme #3

Marvel Zombies Supreme #4

Marvel Zombies Supreme #5

Marvel Zombies: Destroy! #1

Marvel Zombies: Destroy! #2

Marvel Zombies: Destroy! #3

Marvel Zombies: Destroy! #4

Marvel Zombies: Destroy! #5

Marvel Zombies: Halloween

Marvel Zombies (2015 series) #1

Marvel Zombies (2015 series) #2

Marvel Zombies (2015 series) #3

Marvel Zombies (2015 series) #4

Age of Ultron Vs Marvel Zombies #1

Age of Ultron Vs Marvel Zombies #2

Age of Ultron Vs Marvel Zombies #3

Age of Ultron Vs Marvel Zombies #4

Note: Both Marvel Zombies (2015 series) and Age of Ultron vs Marvel Zombies miniseries are tie-ins to Secret Wars.

Marvel Zombie (2018 one-shot)

Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #1 (2019 one-shot)

Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #1 (2020 miniseries)

Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #2 (2020 miniseries)

Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #3 (2020 miniseries)

Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #4 (2020 miniseries)

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Will There Be More Marvel Zombie Comics?

At this stage, it is unclear if there will be any more Marvel Zombie comics after the 2020 miniseries. I guess we will have to wait and see how well received it was and if it warrants any more.

Marvel Zombies The Complete Collection Volume 1 cover by Arthur Suydam.
Marvel Zombies The Complete Collection Volume 1 cover by Arthur Suydam.

Collected Editions

Looking to track down Marvel Zombies in trade paperback? These are the collections that you’ll need to track down.

The Ultimate Fantastic Four material has been collected in a few different editions over the years. This includes the following:

Ultimate Fantastic Four Vol. 5: Crossover
Collects:
Ultimate Fantastic Four #21-26

Ultimate Fantastic Four Vol. 6: Frightful
Collects:
Ultimate Fantastic Four #27-32

And newer, much larger, editions:

Ultimate Fantastic Four Collection Volume 3
Collects:
Ultimate Fantastic Four #21-32

The core Marvel Zombie miniseries have been collected in the following collections:

Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness
Collects: Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness #1-5

Marvel Zombies
Collects:
Marvel Zombies (2015 series) #1-5

Marvel Zombies 2
Collects:
Marvel Zombies 2 #1-5

Marvel Zombies Return
Collects:
Marvel Zombies Return #1-5

Marvel Zombies 3
Collects:
Marvel Zombies 3 #1-4

Marvel Zombies 4
Collects:
Marvel Zombies 4 #1-4

Deadpool Classic Volume 11: Merc With A Mouth
Collects: Deadpool: Merc With a Mouth #1-13, Lady Deadpool #1.

Marvel Zombies 5
Collects:
Marvel Zombies 5 #1-5

Marvel Zombies Destroy
Collects:
Marvel Zombies Destroy #1-5

Marvel Zombies Supreme
Collects:
Marvel Zombies Destroy #1-5

Marvel Zombies (2015 series)
Collects:
Marvel Zombies (2015 series) #1-4

Age of Ultron vs Marvel Zombies
Collects:
Age of Ultron vs Marvel Zombies #1-4

Marvel Zombies: Resurrection
Collects: Marvel Zombies: Resurrection one-shot and Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #1-4

For those who want to get more granular in their reading and track down everything, there are the Marvel Zombies: The Complete Collection.

Marvel Zombies: The Complete Collection Volume 1
Collects: Ultimate Fantastic Four #21-23 And #30-32, Marvel Zombies #1-5, Marvel Zombies: Dead Days, Black Panther (2005) #28-30 and material from Marvel Spotlight: Marvel Zombies/Mystic Arcana.

Marvel Zombies: The Complete Collection Volume 2
Collects:
Marvel Zombies 2 #1-5, Marvel Zombies 3 #1-4, Marvel Zombies 4 #1-4, Marvel Zombies Return #1-5 and material from Marvel Spotlight: Marvel Zombies Return.

Marvel Zombies: The Complete Collection Volume 3
Collects:
Marvel Apes: Prime Eight #1, Marvel Zombies: Evil Evolution #1, Marvel Zombies 5 #1-5, Marvel Zombies Supreme #1-5, Marvel Zombies Destroy #1-5 And Marvel Zombies Halloween #1.

There is also Marvel Zomnibus which collects all of the contents of Marvel Zombies: The Complete Collection Volumes 1-3.

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