Ash and the Army of Darkness

Dynamite Comics is doing a serious overhaul of their leading series Army of Darkness. As most of you know AOD is based on the third film in Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy. Over the years Dynamite has had some serious success with the title, thrusting Ash and his trusty chainsaw through various dimensions, time periods, crossovers with horror movie royalty (Herbert West: Re-Animator, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees) and even teaming him up with a new female hero. It’s been a mighty fun series, but they felt it was time to take it back to basics. As far as I can tell this new series will not negate the events of the previous series, but we are going back to the beginning…of the end.

Picking up EXACTLY where the film Army of Darkness ends, issue #1 opens with the final battle in S Mart…Gimme some sugar. We learn why that deadite shows up at the store after Ash returns from the Dark Ages. Of course everything goes to Hell and Ash is reluctantly thrown back into action.

Written by the great Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) with awesome, franchise-worthy art by Dennis Calero Ash and the Army of Darkness #1 was a really good starting off point. As a huge fan of the franchise, Niles’ writing is fun and absolutely evokes Raimi’s along with the style we’ve grown used to through previous comics and Evil Dead video games. I hoped for a little bit more in terms of storytelling, but it was still fun nonetheless and really if it has Ashley J. Williams, chainsaws, boomsticks and deadites I’m gonna be happy. As of now the series is set up as a 12 issue arc. We’ll see if they stick with this title or go back to their original series, either way Evil Dead/Army of Darkness fans have plenty to be happy about.

Hail to the King, baby!

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