Well, you just know that the Marvel Zombies -- undead variations on Marvel's standard superhero theme, all conveniently set in a parallel universe that is exactly like the usual Marvel Universe in nearly every way ... except for the fact that all the major heroes have turned into zombies and are eating everyone -- are too cool to leave on the shelves.
Enter Ash Williams, the cult-classic zombie fighter from the "Evil Dead/Army of Darkness" series of films. In this stand-alone book, Ash arrives in New York right at the outbreak of undeadedness and puts his trusty chainsaw and shotgun to work. Of course, Ash isn't used to battling zombies who dress in bright costumes and have superpowers to boot.
The Marvel Zombies had their birth from the fertile mind of writer Mark Millar and artist Greg Land, who were teammates then on the "Ultimate Fantastic Four" series. Robert Kirkman and Sean Phillips picked up the ball and ran with it in the followup story, "Marvel Zombies." Now, John Layman and Fabiano Neves have it well in hand, as the ruggedly handsome Ash (based on the square jaw of actor Bruce Campbell) faces down the rotting Avengers and other key players from Marvel's roster of heroes.
It's fun, it's a little kooky and it's a whole lot grotesque. And even characters who don't rank high on my Marvel radar -- such as Punisher and Howard the Duck -- make memorable apperances here.
I'm not sure how long Marvel can prolong its Zombie line, but as long as they keep churning out with this kind of quality, I'll keep reading. If you haven't jumped on the bandwagon, please do. But eat first.
by Tom Knapp, Rambles.NET editor
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This is it true believers, the cross-over of the century begins here! The Marvel Zombies come face-to-face with Dynamite Entertainment's Ash from the Army of Darkness! Ash has faced legions of the undead before, but never like this... as he lands in the heart of New York just as the Zombie outbreak begins! See how his actions help turn more heroes and villains into Zombies! Under the watchful eye of Marvel Zombie guru Robert Kirkman, this might just be the comic event of 2007! Plus: The entire series will feature classic "homage" covers from painter Arthur Suydam! Collects Marvel Zombies/Army Of Darkness #1-5.