Original Release Date: September 1, 2007 (collected)
Number of Issues: 5
Publisher: Marvel Entertainment and Dynamite Entertainment
Just when you thought the “Marvel Zombies” series couldn’t get any more entertaining or self-referential, BOOM – Marvel pulls out a cross-company crossover series with Dynamite Entertainment’s “Army of Darkness” series that features everyone’s favorite groovy undead killer, Ashley “Ash” Williams. (Quick side note: Dynamite couldn’t secure the rights to “Evil Dead” as a title for their comic series, but through a legal loophole with the movie studios, they were able to use the “Army of Darkness” title of the third “Evil Dead” film without legal repercussion from those who owned the “Evil Dead” namesake.)
Now, I have read (and own) many of the non-“MZ” Army of Darkness graphic novels that Dynamite has produced, and to be perfectly honest, their writers clearly “get” Ash. They seem to understand what kind of character he is – the irreverent, brash, too-cocky-for-his-own-good-but-always-lucky-enough-to-get-away-with-it type of witty jokester that most zombie fans have come to know and love. They certainly don’t shy away from writing him as exactly this type of character, and I was a little wary or how well this type of character was going to be able to mesh with the more “classic superhero” archetypes of the Marvel Universe.