Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness - Zombies, gore, superheroes, and... Boomstick?!
Jun 9, 2011
Appearing from another dimension out of the clear blue sky, Ash Williams, turns up in New York City and heads to Avengers mansion with grave news: "This world will die, and the dead will rise". Unfortunately, due to being an obvious buffoon, no one takes him serious. The Avengers receive a distress call that leads them to Manhattan. Suddenly, a strange superpowered being attacks, and in the process turns the team into flesh craving zombies. Immediately, they begin attacking civilans and other superheroes, either devouring them or turning them into zombies as well. Ash believes the only way to stop them is to locate a book called the "Necronomicon". Now, with the assistance of a couple of surviving superheroes, they embark on a mission to recover the book in hopes of putting an end to the madness.-summary
As if turning some of the greatest superheroes to ever grace the comic book world into flesh loving ghouls wasn't strange enough. The powers-that-be decide to add the shotgun toting wisecracker Ash Williams of Evil Dead fame into the madness. I have to admit that I never saw that coming. Despite not being a fan and my disdain for the Evil Dead franchise; I have to give credit where its due, and also admit that this was a wise move. The addition of Ash was another fresh spin to the story.
Written by John Layman with artwork by Fabiano Neves, Fernando Blanco, and Sean Phillips, Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness can be looked at as an expanded prequel on the Marvel Zombiesstoryline. This story takes place during the first prequel Dead Days, in which, the actual origin of the infection was then completely unknown. The only real evidence was that the infection was spread by the Avengers. Therefore, this chapter isn't really pointless at all, since there is a bit more background given.
There is plenty of action to be found here in the form of gory zombie mayhem. The artwork is very good in the beginning and pretty detailed. There's quite a bit of emphasis on the zombie bites, which can be downright hilarious, yet horrible because it's being done by superheroes. The only real problem I have is this; it could have used several more gory and vicious moments. The character designs are well polished with a good clean look which appears up to date, unlike the previous entries where the artwork actually has a dated feel. Later on, the artwork around the final chapter degrades into that same dated look.
Character development is practically non existent, and Ash's character can be hit or miss. He maintains his usual wit and tosses several funny lines. Other times, his material can have a dated feel to it, thankfully, the story never became boring due to this. The plot is very well paced, however, there seems to be an uneven balance between action and comedy. The comedy runs rampant but this really isn't a problem since it's mainly hit most of the time, and takes place through the action, dialogue, and narration. Now when looking at who is responsible for the carnage taking place. I believe the comedic edge is the only way this particular premise could actually work. Still, I would have liked more action.
Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness is a very solid addition to the franchise. However, I believe those who aren't familiar with the Evil Dead universe will probably benefit the least, and never understand the reason why Ash would be the central character, as well as why he's in the story at all. I recommend this to Marvel Zombiescompletist, because the chapter does add to the storyline despite minor continuity errors. I also think it's a good romp for fans of Evil Dead. The graphic novel is told through 128 pages across 5 chapters:
Chapter 1: Earth's Mightiest Zero Chapter 2: Marvel Team-Ups Chapter 3: Night of the Livid Dead Chapter 4: The Book of Dooms Chapter 5: The Stalking Dead
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