Initially teased in October 2014, Marvel has unveiled "Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies," a "Secret Wars" "Battleworld" series from the creative team of writer James Robinson and artist Steve Pugh. Announced by Entertainment Weekly, the series is set to debut in June.
"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," Robinson told EW of the story's central conflict. "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."
The Vision, Wonder Man, and the original Human Torch, Jim Hammond, are named as key players in the series, along with a character dubbed by Robinson as "a very cool surprise." In EW's announcement story, series editor Mark Paniccia said the "Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies" landscape is effectively a walled-off Battleworld prison territory."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."
The original "Marvel Zombies" debuted in 2005, from the team of "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman and artist Sean Phillips, followed by multiple sequels. "Age of Ultron," which inspired the title of this May's Marvel Studios' "Avengers" sequel, was released in 2013, written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by a variety of artists.
"Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies" #1 is scheduled for release on June 3.