Comics Alliance has posted an interview with Comic book writer Fred Van Lente about his upcoming work for Marvel Comics, including Marvel Zombies 5, in which we get to see zombies from across the multiverse as Machine Man hunts down samples of their alternate-reality-brain-eating flesh. As he says:
“Marvel Zombies 5″ is kind of a smorgasbord for zombie connoisseurs. We have this scenario in which the alcoholic robot Machine Man has returned, and is now tasking with hunting down and collecting samples from zombies across the Multiverse. So it’s like a United Colors of Benetton of zombiery. He manages to collect various allies along the way, including one that I think everyone will admit is the perfect person to be a member of A.R.M.O.R., the Alternate Reality Monitoring and Operational Response agency, which is charged with containing the zombies. And we go into all these different genres, so they’re going to Camelot, a post-apocalyptic War of the Worlds” Martian tripod world, a cyberpunk world from the 1980s Barry Windsor-Smith “Machine Man,” but in the first issue they go a world where the frontier was never settled, and it’s perpetually the Old West, so you get all the Marvel western characters.
One of the first things I ever saw Jeff Parker write was in a book in 2006 that we both did as part of this “Marvel Westerns” event, and his story was way better than mine. So I’m going to do a sequel to it, because I’m oedipal like that. His story was about this really obscure character called the Hurricane, the fastest gun in the West, so I’m doing what happened to Hurricane after he got old story. With zombies. And robots.
Comics Alliance even got previews of the first four pages of the series, featuring an old-west-set Arno Stark.
Van Lente, who made his name with the ultra-literate Action Philosophers comic, has signed up exclusively with Marvel, where he’ll also be writing Web of Spider-Man, Iron Man: Legacy and Prince of Power. None of which are as awesome as cowboy zombies.