Review: Army Of Darkness VS. Hack/Slash #6
FINAL ISSUE!!! Cassie and Ash have managed to work together for a whole 5 issues, but now the former partners are at odds, in a war through time for possession of the Necronomicon!
The sixth and final issue of Army of Darkness vs. Hack/Slash hits this week. The story featuring Ash and Cassie trying to find the missing pages of the Necronomicon is written by Tim Seeley with art by Daniel Leister. Carlos Badilla handles colors with Marshall Dillon providing lettering. The fifth issue really whipped things up into a frenzy. Does the final issue live up to that hype?
Ash and Cassie have brought the Black Lamp cult to light and survived a big battle in ancient Greece. Now Cassie and Ash face each other. This is one of those rare instances where it’s not a knock-down-drag-out fight between our two characters, it’s an ideological and moral fight. Cassie has the Necronomicon and she wants to correct the biggest mistake in her life. Ash knows the Necronomicon and he can’t allow Cassie to do what she is wanting to do. Oh yeah, on top of that they’re battling one of the deadites that have taken over a familiar face from Cassie’s past throughout the entire ordeal. This is the big finale. Cassie and Ash have been working toward the same goal, but now each of their intentions have come to light. What happens when an immovable Ash meets an unstoppable Cassie? Who gets hacked? Who gets slashed? Who gets Ash?
Seeley writes a fantastic ending. The series has been largely mission and action oriented, but this issue more than any other really explores the emotions and characters of Ash and Cassie. Ash has a particularly memorable little speech toward the middle of the book about his relationship with the Necronomicon. The story is more Cassie-centric than the others, really exploring some of the things fans have thought about her solo-series. Seeley brings all these complex and moving threads together to make a rather impressive story. Leister’s art is great as always. He nails down the ultra-violence and weirdness, but his character work really stands out. He makes a rather impressive looking Ash and I’d like to see him and Seeley continue on with the character somewhere down the line. Just as Seeley runs the emotional gauntlet, so does Leister’s art. Badilla’s color are bright and really make the art pop off the page. His glowing ethereal lights and Necronomicon strangeness really makes for some eye-popping visuals.
Bottom Line: Army of Darkness vs. Hack/Slash is one of those rare crossovers that gives each property equal weight and still manages to tell a well-rounded story that means something. When Ash and Cassie part ways, their adventures are going to still have meaning. This isn’t a one and done thing. Seeley does a great job bringing back his series while getting a really good handle on Ash. 4.5/5
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