Review: Army Of Darkness Vs. Hack/Slash #1

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After the events of the HACK/SLASH series, Cassie Hack is doing her best to live a normal life. But a Deadite attack forces Cassie back into action and this time, she’s not alone! Meet Cassie’s new partner: Ashley J. Williams! Can the pair keep from killing each other long enough to quest for the stolen pages from the Book of the Dead? Will Ash get some sugar? Or will Cassie make him kiss it? It’s the horror mash-up that fans demanded!

hack ash coverThe Hack/Slash team-up with Army of Darkness fans have been waiting for, finally happens today. Army of Darkness vs. Hack/Slash #1 is written by Tim Seely with arty by Daniel Leister. Carlos Badilla provides colors with Marshall Dillon tackling lettering. So is the Hack/Ash team-up all you wanted and more?

Cassie and Margaret are out on a date trying to have a good time, but it’s hard for Cassie to enjoy the night when she can’t think of anything but Vlad dying. Cassie asks Margaret to leave, but when they get home everything isn’t as it should be. Sanny’s babysitter is nowhere in sight and Cassie has a feeling somebody is in the house. She grabs a shotgun and goes to investigate. Of course the intruder is none other than the other shotgun-wielding hero Ashely J. Williams.  Whenever two heroes first meet, they’re obligated to fight and Cassie/Ash is no exception. After the obligatory scrap, they get down to business. Because Cassie and Ash are in a similar business, they’ve heard of each other. That saves a little time so they get down to why Ash is at their house. Ash is tracking down pages from the Necronomicon and Cassie’s address turned up in his quest. The duo get one more surprise before they figure out they need to team up, but can two lone wolves come together without tearing each other apart?

Seely writes a good introductory issue. Being the Hack/Slash writer, he absolutely knows the character. He does a great job with Ash as well. We get two pages, full splash pages for each character, filling us in on who the characters area and what they do. It’s enough to get you caught up if you’re only familiar with one character over the other. If you’re not a big reader of either character’s comics, you might be scratching your head for a good portion of the comic. The intros come later. Seely gets the basic meet-up tropes out of the way, so it looks like the remaining issues will be all business. Leister’s art and Badill’as colors are stunning. There are several scenes of blood and gore that even a movie couldn’t pull off. It’s bright and colorful, and has a slight cartoon edge. Those two splash pages I mentioned are absolutely amazing.

Bottom Line: If you’re a big fan of Cassie, Ash, or both, you’re absolutely going to love this team-up. Seely’s introductions get all the set-up out of the way and it looks like it’s going to be hacking and chainsaw slashing action the rest of the way. 4/5

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