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Marvel Zombies Vs. Army of Darkness #3

April 30, 2007

Quick Rating: Sweet
Title: Night of the Livid Dead
Rating: Parental Advisory

Even if Ash survives – will he and his allies be able to find the Necronomicon and rid the world of Marvel Zombies?

Writer: John Layman
Art: Fabiano Neves
Colors: June Chung
Letters: Rus Wooton
Editor: Ralph Macchio
Cover Art: Arthur Suydam
Publisher: Marvel Comics/Dynamite Entertainment

Last issue, in the most deliciously amusing death I’ve ever read in a comic book, we saw Ash Williams get the top of his head bitten off by a zombie Howard the Duck. This issue… look, let’s just take it as a given that he pulls through somehow, okay? That should be no surprise to absolutely anyone, and way he survives – while kind of a cop-out – is the sort of cheesy, goofy solution that I have come to expect and love from the Army of Darkness franchise.

Ultimately, Ash and his few allies manage to continue their hunt for the Necronomicon, but when they find out where it is, it may be an ever harder quest to find it than they were up for. There are tons of cameos in this issue, and we see more and more how the Marvel Zombie world differs from the mainstream Marvel U, particularly in the development of the timeline. There are characters from throughout the Marvel history, including several frozen in forms they had decades ago and others exactly as they appear in current continuity. Really, it’s a mishmash, allowing the creators to whip up Zombiefied forms of the heroes at whatever point in their development they so choose.

I quite like Neves’s artwork. He’s got a softness that gives the book a very lush feeling, but he doesn’t flinch from the blood and guts either. Just imagine Modok turned over on his giant cranium, half-eaten by creatures craving brains. Yeah. It’s just as gross as it sounds.

Neither the Marvel Zombies series nor the Army of Darkness comics are really a home for substantive storytelling. They’re universes to have fun, to throw out a ton of in-jokes, and to hurl buckets of blood at the reader. Putting them together has really proven to be a perfect fit.

Rating: 8/10

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