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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 48

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today, for Ash Wednesday, we feature Marvel Zombies versus Army of Darkness, by John Layman, Fabiano Neves, Fernando Blanco and Sean Phillips!


John Layman is really good at telling offbeat tales, and that’s certainly what Marvel Zombies versus Army of Darkness is, as it tells the story of Ashley Williams (hero of Evil Dead and Army of Darkness) ending up in a variation of the Marvel Zombies universe.

The gist of the story is basically adapting the Marvel universe to the style of the Army of Darkness films – lots of silly humor mixed with deadpan wisecracks courtesy of Ash.

At the time, it almost seemed like Layman was striving to tell stories that, at first glance, sound ridiculous and silly, and yet manage to make them engaging, entertaining yarns. It was quite a feat. At the same time, as I note, he matched the style of the Sam Raimi films (and Bruce Campbell’s line delivery) perfectly – so if you don’t like those films, then okay, you probably won’t like this comic.

Here we see Ash show up in the universe BEFORE the pandemic breaks out…

And then later, once the heroes became zombies…

In typical Ash fashion, he struck up a close relationship with a couple of attractive Marvel ladies, in this case Dazzler and Scarlet Witch. They travel to find the Necromonicon from Doctor Doom…

After using the costume of a Doom-Bot, we learn the “twist” here…

The art for the series was surprisingly consistent for a book that had three artists, with Neves being the main artist.

This was an amusing, quirky tale by a guy, John Layman, who really knows how to keep a story moving.


I like how Ms. Marvel is the only one to point out that what Ash is suggesting is pretty tame by comparison to what they normally deal with. Someone had to say it.

Still hate Marvel Zombies, though.

Is it the final splash of issue one or issue two that has Zombie Howard The Duck?

I loved that clifhanger…

This mini was a real treat for AoD fans…

loved how Doom told Ash to either address him right or he will get a hurting. plus scarlet witch dropping ash in a lake. for evil dead vs marvel zombies. was a interesting cross over.

My favorite part was the fact that no one from the Marvel Universe needs to open his mouth to speak. The best we get is a flash of teeth.

The page with Blob being chased by a hungry mob of zombies is probably my favorite, though Zombie Howard the Duck comes close.

I don’t want to spoil the ending but what happened to the Necronomicron at the end of the story was priceless. Doom actually comes off more noble here than Reed when you think about it. Reed totally embraced the inevitabilty and infected the FF of the Zombieverse whereas you had Doom holding the zombies off as long as he could, even though he cherry picked his survivors among the Latverians. Ash was given a way out too by Doom lettling him use the time platform but he crapped out again on the choice of destination.

The scene with Nextwave Vs. Zombie Power Pack was the best.

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