Friday, September 19, 2014

Book Review: Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness by J. Layman et al.

Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness written by John Layman with art by Fabiano Neves, Fernando Blanco, and Sean Phillips

Ash, hero from the Evil Dead/Army of Darkness franchise, travels through an inter-dimensional portal and winds up in the Marvel Universe. Unfortunately, one of the deadites also comes through and infects the Avengers, who begin eating everyone in sight, thus starting a zombie apocalypse. Ash races around trying to find the Necronomicon (the ancient Sumerian book of the dead that causes the dead to rise and feast on human flesh) and change the superheroes back into, well, superheroes. He gets assistance from Spider-man, The Punisher (though not much assistance), and Dazzler, though things go from bad to worse. By "worse" I mean Ash eventually works with Doctor Doom!

The story is a fun excuse to have Ash wise-crack his way through most of the Marvel roster. The humor is good if you like Evil Dead 2 or Army of Darkness (which, let's face it, is a taste you either have or don't). The gore is a bit gross but not as over the top as other zombie comics. It's a bit juvenile, not missing the chance to show scantily-clad heroines who rebuff Ash's advances. The book is really for Evil Dead fans more than anyone else.

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