Have we reached peak zombie saturation yet? I know it’s Walker Week here at The Nerds of Color, and if the ratings for the season premiere of The Walking Dead are any indication, the zombie craze is just as viral as ever — and it’s spreading. The image you see above is a zombified Jughead from Archie. And no, that’s not a fan rendering either. It’s an actual panel from one of the hottest single issues in comics today, the sold out — and on its second printing — Afterlife with Archie #1. That’s right, the zombie apocalypse has come to Riverdale.
Seeing zombies overrun Archie Comics got me thinking about the zombie crossovers that infected the Big Two comic companies: DC Comics and Marvel.
Needless to say, but zombie versions of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and other Marvel heroes and villains were such a big success that the company followed up the original mini with no fewer than ten sequels and spin-offs, including a inter-company crossover with Dynamite Entertainment and the Evil Dead/Army of Darkness protagonist Ash.
Nevermind the problematic fact that the whole storyline revolved around Hal Jordan having to don a “White Power” ring to dispatch Nekron and revive the dead heroes who were heretofore under the influence of the evil “Black Power” rings, “Blackest Night” was Geoff Johns’ excuse to have Ivan Reis draw undead versions of fan favorites such as Batman, Aquaman, and the Martian Manhunter. But yeah, “White Power” defeating “Black Power?” I guess #DCFail predates the New 52 after all.
And to demonstrate just how potent the zombie virus truly is, the first issue of Afterlife sold out at Diamond in less than five hours! Since its publication last week, acquiring copies of the issue have proved harder than finding your way out of a Big Lots overrun with Walkers.
Anyway, here is your chance to let the Nerds know which of these zombie crossovers did it best. Vote in the poll below, and we’ll let you know which comic book company has zombie hordes on lock. In the meantime, be sure to check back later today for a special all-undead episode of Hard N.O.C. Life with special guest Phil Yu!Take Our Poll