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Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness
Cover to Marvel Zombies vs.The Army of Darkness #4. Art by Arthur Suydam.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
Dynamite Entertainment
Schedule Monthly
Format Limited series
Genre Zombies in comics
Publication date May - September 2007
Number of issues 5
Main character(s) The Marvel Zombies
Ash Williams
Creative team
Writer(s) John Layman
Artist(s) Fabiano Neves
Fernando Blanco
Sean Phillips
Letterer(s) Randy Gentile
Rus Wooton
Colorist(s) June Chung
Editor(s) John Barber
Nicole Boose
Randy Gentile
Joe Quesada
Collected editions
Hardcover ISBN 0-7851-2743-7

Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness is a five-issue 2007 comic book limited series published by Marvel Comics in association with Dynamite Entertainment, an intercompany crossover in which Ash Williams, hero of the popular Evil Dead film and comic book, finds himself in the Marvel Zombies setting, a world of flesh-eating zombified Marvel Comics heroes.

The crossover is continuous with the Marvel Zombies prequel Marvel Zombies: Dead Days and explains events happening in the prequel (such as information regarding the zombified Sentry, which initially spread the plague).

Prior to the release of the first issue, Newsarama published a preview, [1] revealing the birth of the zombified Avengers, Ash's descent into the Marvel Zombie universe, and the infection of Spider-Man.



Ash, who died in a previous issue of Army of Darkness, is sent to a new reality in the Afterlife after the Sentry, as a zombie, begins killing the dead. Ash and Sentry are shunted in another reality. Along the way, Ash receives a prophecy warning him that "an army of the dead will rise" and that this world will fall.

In this alternate version of the Marvel Universe, Ash encounters a fight between Daredevil and Thunderball. He mistakes Daredevil for the villain, and after letting Thunderball escape, decides to warn the Avengers of a Deadite invasion. They do not believe him, mostly due to his buffoonery while hitting on the female members of the team. Scarlet Witch teleports Ash away, as Jarvis tells the team of a disturbance.

When Ash spots the Avengers, he says he tried to warn them, and Spider-Man arrives and takes Ash off with a request from Colonel America. While Ash tells his side of the story to Spider-Man, Colonel America attacks and bites Spider-Man, who 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, who he eats in Marvel Zombies: Dead Days.

Ash then encounters the Punisher, who gives Ash a a bag of spare weapons and shoots and presumably kills the 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, 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.

In Strange's mansion, Dazzler and Ash, along with surviving Avenger 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 an invasion force (from Dead Days, where Reed Richards turned his Fantastic Four into zombies upon realizing this infection is the most efficient form of life). 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 the 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, a death sentence. Doom kills both with an energy blast. The zombies break into the castle and Scarlett Witch is attacked and infected by the zombified Punisher.

Ash locates this world's Necronomicon, who 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 Neconomicon, saying that when the human food supply is exhausted, the zombies will eat the book because it is bound in human flesh. 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 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, do not eat it but rather hand it over to the Hulk for use as toilet paper. Ash arrives at a few dozen universes until he finds one that looks like his New York. However, he realizes that the universe he is currently in is the universe of Marvel Werewolves, and more unluckily, the portal that Ash came from closes, leaving him to get chased by the Werewolves in a manner similar to the end of the first Marvel Zombies series.


The cover of each issue of the Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness mini-series is a parody and/or homage of a famous cover from Marvel history, featuring zombie versions of the characters. All cover art is by Arthur Suydam. In each, Ash is spliced in alongside zombified characters or replacing a character on the original cover (i.e. Bucky)

  • #1, 1st printing is an homage to X-Men #141 by John Byrne.
  • #1, variant printing is an homage to Uncanny X-Men #137 by John Byrne.
  • #1, 2nd printing is an homage to Captain America #1 by Jack Kirby.
  • #2, is an homage to Uncanny X-Men #268 by Jim Lee.
  • #3, is an homage to Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man by Ross Andru.
  • #3, variant printing is an homage to The Death of Captain Marvel GN by Jim Starlin.
  • #4, is an homage to Captain America #100 by Jack Kirby.
  • #5, is an homage to Wolverine #1 by Frank Miller.

Collected editions

The series has been collected into one volume:

  • Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness (128 pages, hardcover, September 2007, ISBN 0-7851-2743-7)





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