First Look At Steve Niles’ Ash And The Army Of Darkness #1

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dynamite-logoDynamite has released the first look at Dennis Calero‘s art for Ash and the Army of Darkness #1 and an amazing cover from Ben Templesmith. The new series, written by master of horror Steve Niles, will be a new ongoing series telling a story set just moments after the film. This will be Niles‘ first ongoing monthly series and will mark a new direction for Dynamite‘s comics featuring Ashley J. Williams. Niles touched on what makes Ash and great character and what’s in store with the first arc:

Ash is kind of the perfect horror character because of the way he responds to danger. Ash is capable of extreme violence but at the same time he has a pretty good sense of humor about things. I think that’s one of the things that makes him invulnerable, because he laughs at the most horrible things and can joke in the most dangerous situation. His sense of humor and goofiness is sorta his super power. Ash is our eyes on the world and it’s his reaction to heinous events that brings out the humor. It’s one reason I chose the Dark Age setting. I love how he reacts to what he sees as primitive. Always cracks me up.

I am shooting for equal parts scary and funny without either stepping on the other. That’s why almost all the humor comes from Ash’s reactions. The curse of the dead is very serious and it is only through Ash’s eyes we are able to laugh. I don’t want people to feel too safe because of the jokes. There will still be extreme horror. Dennis’ art is perfect for what we are going after. It’s very realistic so the horror is in your face and the comedy plays much better.

The story will see Ash returning to the Middle Ages to battle Deadites and all manner of darkness. The first issue will hit stores October 30th, appropriately enough. What do you think about Calero‘s art? Will you be checking out the Army of Darkness?


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