When it comes to running an idea into the ground, the monster genre crossing over with the superhero universe seems to be played out.  Yet the publishers continue to crank out content. This week, we’re picking on Marvel and their attempts to make the two genres cross with each other in a big big way.


Which Marvel Monster do you prefer?

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  1. Brian G.
    September 28, 2010 at 8:35 am — Reply

    With Franken-castle already done, I’m waiting for Were-verine, Cap the friendly ghost, and Namor Vs. The Creature from the Black Lagoon. (Can we count Apocalypse as a Mummy?)

    When it comes to Vampires versus the Undead however, you have to go with what started the hype in the first place. Marvel Zombies eat the brains of the Vamps before they get a chance to fall into emo love triangles.

    • Bob
      September 28, 2010 at 9:22 pm — Reply

      Did you catch the Marvel Zombies/Army of Darkness crossover? With the way the polls were going last month, I thought for sure we’d have the Marvel Werewolves in here…

      • Damascus
        October 13, 2010 at 2:29 am — Reply

        My favorite thing to come out of the Marvel Zombies was the Army of Darkness crossover, loved it!

  2. September 28, 2010 at 8:50 am — Reply

    I’ve never read either, but I give it to the Zombags, because I want to read the Marvel Zombies 5 trade with Howard the Duck and Machine Man. Nuff said.

    • Damascus
      October 13, 2010 at 2:29 am — Reply

      There is a great scene in the Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness that features a zombified Howard the Duck that’s definitely worth checking out.

  3. Rob
    September 28, 2010 at 9:14 am — Reply

    Had to go with Zombies. Tired of vampires in general. plus Marvel Zombies VS army of darkness was good for a few laughs.

  4. Ricco
    September 28, 2010 at 9:18 am — Reply

    Zombies, they had a solid run then they overused them and went for vampires. Zombies were so overused that vampires (other monster heroes turn into) are completely uninteresting to me so I haven’t (and don’t plan to) read a single issue of the new vampire stories at Marvel.

    The first run of Marvel Zombies was superb, mainly because anything could happen because it wasn’t part of the 616 continuity. The vampire thing is part of continuity so we know the status quo will eventually return.

    @Brian G: read Ash Vs. Marvel Zombies, at the very end we see a Were-verine.

  5. September 28, 2010 at 11:34 am — Reply

    If they’d written the Marvel Vampires books with the same black humor Marvel Zombies had, maybe this event would actually be worth my dollars, real or Luthor.

  6. Mokin
    September 28, 2010 at 11:49 am — Reply

    …sorry, but I can’t vote on this…

    I loved the zombies while they were in Ultimate FF (creepy and very well used…), but that’s about it for Marvel zombies for me…

    And I can’t stand vampires (in all their forms…)…

    So no vote from me…sorry…

  7. September 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm — Reply

    The more I vote on these things; the more I realize how I’m not in sync with the fans.

    I hate zombies. I really hate zombies. And the reason for that is because the rule that says they must win. I hate that. Vampires, on the other hand, can do either. Win, lose, get away, shine, have half-breed children that want to kill them. So many possibilities. I like possibilities. I hate it when things are set in stone.

  8. thedexter102
    September 28, 2010 at 12:48 pm — Reply

    C. Vambies

    • Ricco
      September 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm — Reply

      Vampires/Zombies or baby vampires?

      • Damascus
        October 13, 2010 at 2:32 am — Reply

        How about Zobos? Zombie Hobo’s, nothing worse than a homeless zombie.

  9. James Adams
    September 28, 2010 at 2:49 pm — Reply

    We need an option for none of the above, (or apes) but I went with vampires due to the zombies being run into the ground faster than they can rise.

  10. September 28, 2010 at 3:20 pm — Reply

    I am abstaining from voting. I don’t care for either Marvel Monster. There are all together to many zombie, vampire, and monster-of-the-week story lines. Have the writers really run out of new ideas or recycled old villians that they have to resort to these story ideas? What’s next, Avengers vs Godzilla/Mothra/other 50s monster?

  11. Xybec Katta
    September 28, 2010 at 5:02 pm — Reply

    Zombies. Marvel Zombies was the first TPB I ever bought. I liked the story of that first book so much that I went nuts and bought everything through Marvel Zombies 4 before I realized that 3 and 4 sucked. Now I’m a little gun-shy about picking up the next 2 books.

    Vampires are so over used (as are zombies) that I just don’t care anymore. But in a fight, Zombies win. Only since one bite and the Vampires will find themselves switching sides.

  12. September 28, 2010 at 9:14 pm — Reply

    It’s a little early to judge how the vampire thing will turn out, but I’m going with zombies. It is easy to forget that the first Marvel Zombies was a lot of fun!

  13. Russell Catt
    September 28, 2010 at 9:22 pm — Reply

    Sorry but I have to abstain here. Either choice fills me with annoyance.

  14. September 29, 2010 at 4:32 am — Reply

    Zommbies of course, vampires are so bland.

  15. Alan
    September 29, 2010 at 5:45 pm — Reply

    No option for “Marvel Monkeys”? Seriously, I thought zombies was kinda funny until they ran it into the ground, but I am still gobsmacked that Marvel came of the highly successful one-two punch of Dark Reign: Utopia and then Second Coming and then immediately decided that what the X-Men really needed was a months-long, overcomplicated supernatural melodrama … with Dracula, no less.

    I propose Marvel put out a 12-month miniseries in which all the superheroes are killed, mummified, sent back in time to be buried in a big-ole Egyptian tomb, and then unleashed on an unsuspecting Victorian England some 3000 years later. They’ll all have superpowers but still be wrapped in bandages and forced to walk very, very slow. It’ll be brilliant.

  16. Damascus
    October 13, 2010 at 2:51 am — Reply

    I wonder if other people voted on this the same way I did. Since I didn’t have the option to vote for neither, I voted for Zombies. My rationale for doing this is that I’m sick of Zombies. That may not make sense, but because they ran the whole zombie thing into the ground and then dug it up and ran it back into the ground some more, I’m hoping that we’re on the tail end of that whole craze. With Vampires, if it’s even moderately successful, which statistically it may be because it’s in the main 616 and people are still going to buy the titles they always buy (more or less), then I’m afraid we’re in for the same thing with Vampires that we got with Zombies but with the addition of everyone being tired of this before it even starts. So, I suppose I went with the evil I knew over the evil I didn’t.

    I’d rather see the Marvel U done up in the style of Killer Klowns from Outer Space!!! Besides, clowns are creepier right off the jump than any Zombie/Vampire/Werewolf any day.

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