Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness

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What could possibly make the Marvel Zombies any better? How about pitting them against The Chosen One, Ashley J. Williams? Contains Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness 1 -5

I’ve never been quite sure on whether or not to consider Evil Dead’s Deadites as zombies; they just never fully came across as true undead to me because they seemed to be more demon than anything else. I even consider the infected from 28 Days Later to be zombies (I can hear the screams of the infuriated zombie purists over that statement), but I can’t accept Deadites as zombies. I think it all comes down to the way they act, the 28 Days zombies may still have a pulse, but they act a whole lot more like zombies than their Deadite counterparts. Deadites do not act at all like zombies, they act like demons, maybe zombie demons but demons none the less. Then again, maybe the better question is “Why the fuck am I so stuck on this question?”

For our Evil Dead addition to the Marvel Zombies universe, we actually go back further than before the world has already gone to shit, not just to the start of the plague but before it even began, and this time we get a new face too, Ash himself, accompanied by his chainsaw and trusty boomstick. It seems Ash was ejected from heaven and brought to the zombie universe by the dreaded Necronomicon. The book has plans for Ash, namely pitting him against an army of undead superheroes, and the time traveling adventurer doesn’t have much time to prepare. Not long after his arrival, someone else new enters the universe, an undead Sentry who quickly begins infecting his fellow heroes, people Ash finds to be a pain in the ass even before they turn. As hero and villain alike fall to the plague, Ash has only one goal in mind, find the Necronomicon and reverse the damage done, but what Ash doesn’t know is his old nemesis may not have anything to do with what’s going on in this universe, and if he can’t discover the real cause, the Marvel Zombies may just finish what the Necronomicon couldn’t.

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{An undead Sentry initiates the other Avengers}

I was really worried about how this one was going to turn out after finishing Marvel Zombies 5 (yeah, I’m just about done with the series at this point and I’ll definitely be getting to the other installments in due time), mainly because of the inclusion of Ash. Not that I don’t love the Evil Dead series, but if Ash is in something you can expect it to be comedic and the comedy was one of my biggest issues with number 5, that and the almost cartoonish nature of said comedy. Well Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness is funny, but thankfully it’s not cartoonish. While the last one was for a decidedly younger audience, this one goes back to some of the mature themes of the first issues.

I actually loved the story, Ash somehow fits into the Marvel world perfectly and his interactions with some of the heroes (especially the female ones which Ash deals with in typical Ash fashion) are downright hilarious. He doesn’t like most of Marvel’s lineup, considering them to all be whack jobs and head cases. His time spent with The Punisher in particular is priceless and easily one of the best bits in the comic. Make no mistake, Ash is the star but he gets a little bit of time with quite a few Marvel characters, and it’s these interactions that made the story shine.

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{Ash’s weakness towards woman may be his downfall}

I think the thing I was the most impressed with though was how seamlessly the two different universes blended themselves together. Like I already said, Ash fits perfectly in the Marvel world, but on the other side of that equation, the Marvel world fits perfectly with Ash. This is both an Evil Dead tale and a Marvel Zombies tale and you can’t really tell where one begins and the other ends. The smartest decision they may have made was in making sure they offered an entirely new tale. While we go back to the beginning and see a little bit more on how specifically the plague spread (how it went worldwide is even explained here), they don’t focus on what we already know. They keep the story firmly planted on Ash and his search for the Necronomicon so that we aren’t just reading a rehash of the first three installments.

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{A smattering of zombiefied metahumans destroying the rest of the world}

The artwork once again makes a metamorphosis with the addition of new blood (though original artist Sean Phillips makes an appearance for chapters 4 and 5). The artwork isn’t as dark this time around and it is missing the gore I was so fond of, but it does have a very stylish design to it that distances itself from the kid friendly look of its predecessor. Making up for the lack of gore are the alternate Marvel covers that I love so much, and I have to say that this installment features some of the best ones yet and each one of them has a very heroic looking Ash drawn in to the mix somewhere on each cover.

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{Just a small selection of some of the alternate covers}

All in all this is a good addition to the Marvel Zombies universe, and I would definitely recommend adding this one to your collection if you’ve been a fan of the series.

 

 

The Undead Review

 

Published By: Marvel Publishing and Dynamite Comics

Written By: John Laymen

Artwork By: Fabiano Neves, Fernando Blanco, and Sean Phillips

About The Undead Review

When I was alive I was an asshole and after I died remained pretty much the same, if not a little worse. You’d think becoming a member of the walking dead would mellow a person out, no more worrying about awkward small talk with people, no more having to be politically correct, and the entire world is your upright, bipedal buffet. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun as hell to be a zombie, just somewhat irritating at times, especially those times you have to watch a lame movie or read a lame book. Thankfully, when I am forced to watch these films or read those books, I’ve got places like The Undead Review to bitch and moan to my heart’s content. {When he’s not devouring the living or sinking his teeth into a good film The Undead Review (Andy Taylor) spends his time writing his own stories or hunting down the paranormal. Oh, and did we mention his blind dog once saved the world?)
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