Ash and the Army of Darkness #1 Review

by Stephanie Shamblin Gray

Review By: Stephanie Shamblin Gray

Writer: Steve Niles

Artist: Dennis Calero

Publisher: Dynamite

Release Date: October 30, 2013

Sub-Genre: Movie Tie-In

Synopsis: The battle has been fought and won. Ash battled and defeated the Deadite image of himself and saved the world. Now all he wants to do is get home and have a normal life. Too bad he messed up the Book of the Dead incantation. New series. New start. Will Ash ever escape the land of the Deadites? Will he ever find his girl? Will he ever remember the last part of the incantation? Now an army of unbelievable horrors rules the land and only Ash can annoy them.

Our Thoughts: Attention Army of Darkness fans: It appears the wait is over! Not only are you getting the Army of Darkness 2 film in the not-so-distant future, but you now have a comic book sequel written by none other than horror-comic legend Steve Niles! If you aren’t squealing like a school girl right now, then you must not be paying attention. Sure, the AoD franchise has continued on for years, but this book picks up where the 1992 film left off and puts Ash right back into the action.

Without giving too much away, Ash said the words wrong and did not come back to the future innocuously. Ash quickly finds himself back in the 1300s doing battle with the Deadites. This first issue begins the reintroduction of much of the cast of characters in the film, but with some dark turns. Niles is undoubtedly the best candidate for the job of writing this style of horror-comedy. He definitely captures the essence of it in the first issue and manages to get in some good one-liners. The artist, Dennis Calero, keeps up with the action and does a great job of pacing and capturing just the right amount of Ash’s cheesiness.

If you are one of the few horror fans that has not seen the Evil Dead trilogy, don’t bother reading this book. Go watch the movies. But everyone who has seen the movies will definitely want to check out this book. It should also be noted that Bruce Campbell was just confirmed to be revising his role as Ash in Army of Darkness 2. While the book picks up where the movie left off with a younger Ash, Campbell is now over 20 years older. It will be interesting to see how this sequel in comic form compares to the film. Regardless, the book is here now for all Evil Dead fans to enjoy. Go forth and practice your new cheesy phases!

Score: 8/10

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About: Stephanie Shamblin Gray is a staff journalist for You can follow her on Twitter @UndeadStephanie. And stay up on all the latest news @HorrorNews.

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