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Marvel Zombies Vs. The Army of Darkness was a five-issue crossover comic miniseries published by Marvel Comics and Dynamite Entertainment in 2007. Written by John Layman and featuring art from Fabiano Neves, Fernando Blanco, and Sean Phillips, the story serves as the origin to the Marvel Zombies Universe introduced in the 2005 Ultimate Fantastic Four storyline "Crossover", as well as a direct sequel to the final storyline of Dynamite's first Army of Darkness ongoing series: "The Death of Ash".

Plot Synopsis[]

Ashley J. Williams finds himself in a different world than the one from which he originated. Dropped in an alternate reality New York City; only to be found in a dumpster in a dark alley. While coming to, he is approached by a homeless old woman only have an tin can thrown at her by Ash, followed by an apple core to the back of her head. After a quick realization that he is alive and well, he heads out of the alley only to see two men enthrawled in battle. The men being Daredevil and Thunderball. Ash eager to enter the battle and is stopped by the old homeless woman who is now possessed by the Necronomicon. She speaks of the inevitable death of this world he has come upon, and that there is nothing he can do. After the old woman is finished Ash interrupts her by punching her in the face knocking her to the ground.

He raises his chainsaw to kill her when Daredevil and Thunderball spot him. Daredevil throws his baton at Thunderball, then heads toward Ash and punches him in the face thinking him of being part of the Wrecking Crew. Meanwhile Ash is puzzled by the Daredevil's accusations. About to attack, the Daredevil is struck in the back by Thunderball's giant ball, knocking him into a wall where he is left unconscious. Ash thinking he did good parts ways with Thunderball. Ash looks at a newspaper though only to find out that he had helped an evildoer. This however does not phase him.

Next Ash is seen heading towards Avengers Mansion. When he approached the mansion's front gates he was asked to state his name and his nature of being there by a speaker. Being startled Ash shot the speaker with his shotgun, only to be confronted by The Avengers themselves. Ash tries to warn the Avengers of the Deadite threat that is coming, only to be ignored and laughed at, until Scarlet Witch teleports him to a pond. Ash looks at the city of New York only to realize it has begun. Purple lightning started so strike. Ash then starts to remember walking into a great light, being told by an angel that his "Boomstick" was not aloud, and then having his flashback end as he runs into the middle of the city, warning people of what is going to happen.

When Ash spots the now infected Avengers, he says he tried to warn them, and Spider-Man arrives and takes Ash off with a request from Colonel America. Ash tries to tell Spider-Man of what is going to happen, and reverts back his unfinished flashback. During the flashback, he sees a zombified version of Sentry, feasting on a pile of humans. Ash shoots him in the chest and is then smacked by the zombie Sentry into the hole that had brought him to this reality in the first place. The flashback ends, and Ash points out the Sentry on the street below, where he's already infected The Avengers with this "zombie virus". Suddenly, Colonel America attacks and bites Spider-Man on the left shoulder, who seemingly drops Ash on the ground in front of some zombified Avengers. Realizing Ash is right and that his body is fighting the infection, Spider-Man bluffs and says he wants to eat Ash and carries him off, only to abandon him when he goes to check on his Aunt May and wife Mary Jane. Ash then encounters The Punisher, who gives Ash a bag of spare weapons and shoots and presumably kills Kingpin, Hammerhead and The Owl. On the ground, Punisher kills Thunderball, who is fending off his zombified Wrecking Crew allies, who then turn on Punisher. Ash bumps into Dazzler, who takes him to Doctor Strange's headquarters. Simultaneously, this reality's version of Ash, a normal S-Mart clerk who had decided to fight the zombies, joins Dazzler. This reality's Ash is killed by a zombie Howard the Duck, who is in turn killed by the main version of Ash and the Scarlet Witch.

In Strange's mansion, Ash, Dazzler and the Scarlet Witch search for the Necronomicon, as Ash suspects that this is a Deadite invasion. Since there is no Necronomicon in the mansion, the trio travel to Latveria, the castle of Doctor Doom, which is under attack by a zombie invasion force. Doom has Ash imprisoned with the other survivors for acting like an idiot. Ash then steals a Doombot's armor, disguises himself as Doom, and roams around Doomstadt.

While wandering, Ash meets The Enchantress, held prisoner by Doom, and frees her. When he takes her to Scarlet Witch and Dazzler, Enchantress drops her illusion, revealing that she is a zombie, and bites off Dazzler's finger, whereupon Doom kills both women with an energy blast. The zombies break into the castle; Scarlet Witch is attacked and infected by the zombified Punisher, and Doom is bitten and infected by Reed Richards, but manages to escape and fight back the disease to aid his people's escape to an alternate universe.

Ash locates this world's Necronomicon, but the talking book says that it cannot stop the zombie plague because the zombies are not Deadites. The book reveals that yes, an "army of the dead will rise" and yes, the world will fall, but that those two things don't necessarily have anything to do with each other, apart from happening around the same time. Ash threatens the Necronomicon, saying that when the human food supply is exhausted, the zombies will eat the book because it is bound in human flesh, and the Necronomicon decides to cooperate. On Ash's orders, it raises the zombie victims up as Deadites, distracting the zombies long enough for Doom to teleport Ash to a parallel world of his choosing and the survivors to a safe haven.

The invading zombies attack Doom just as Ash escapes. The zombies, upon finding the Necronomicon, reveal to it that they would never eat a book, and the zombified Wolverine hands the book over to The Hulk for use as toilet paper. Going through multiple alternate worlds, Ash accidentally chooses an alternate Earth populated by superhero werewolves and is pursued yet again.

Cover Gallery[]

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Trivia[]

  • The cover of each issue is a parody and/or homage of a famous cover from Marvel Comics history, featuring Ash Williams alongside zombie versions of the Marvel characters
    • Issue #1 (1st printing) is a homage to X-Men #141.
    • Issue #1 (variant) is a homage to Uncanny X-Men #137.
    • Issue #1 (2nd printing) is a homage to Captain America #1 (1941).
    • Issue #2 is a homage to Uncanny X-Men #268.
    • Issue #3 is a homage to Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man.
    • Issue #3 (variant) is a homage to The Death of Captain Marvel.
    • Issue #4 is a homage to Captain America #100.
    • Issue #5 is a homage to Wolverine #1 (1982).

Continuity Notes[]

  • In issue one, Ash tells The Avengers that he's fought the Deadites across time and even when they "locked me in the loony bin that one time", referencing the events of Army of Darkness vs. Re-Animator.
  • The events of this series would later be mentioned in Army of Darkness comics From The Ashes, The Long Road Home, and Army of Darkness Vs. Hack/Slash.
    • Army of Darkness Vs. Hack/Slash #6 reveals that Ash eventually returned to the Marvel Zombies Universe in an attempt to save Dazzler and prevent the zombie outbreak, though he was unsuccessful.
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