Review: Ash And The Army Of Darkness #1
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.
Dynamite is giving Army of Darkness fans a brand new series kicking off this week called Ash And The Army Of Darkness. The new story takes place right after the events of the film. The series is written by Steve Niles with art by Dennis Calero. Marshall Dillon joins the duo with lettering. Fans have been waiting for years to see what happens after Army of Darkness, but can Niles’ story fill that void?
Ash has returned to his proper time and his job at the S-Mart. He’s regaling Ted with stories of his heroics in the year 1300, but Ted has cat litter to price and little time to listen to Ash’s stories. His female co-worker is a little more receptive. After a brief romantic moment, Ted interrupts to let Ash know they have some unexpected customers. Because Ash didn’t properly say the words to the incantation that helped him sleep long enough to get back to his time, the deadites are back with a vengeance. Ash finds the S-Mart and its inhabitants have been transported back to a time not long after he left. Arthur’s Wiseman was seduced by the power of the Book of the Dead and he know needs Ash alive to help him with his plan. Ash is back in the 1300s and it looks like things are a lot worse than the first time around. Can Ash be a hero without his boomstick? Will he be able to save the day once again?
Niles writes a great story. He doesn’t miss a beat from Army of Darkness. He perfectly captures Ash’s character and the way he would handle himself in certain situations. This issue is really a teaser of what’s to come, but it does an excellent job of getting you exited for what Niles has in store. He’s a master of horror comics and Army of Darkness is a perfect series for him to translate his unique style to a beloved character. Calero’s art is a good fit for the series overall. He really captures a good likeness of Bruce Campbell and the world of the movie. Calero has a very unique style. His loose line work and minimalistic backgrounds translate well in some parts of the story, but at other times it just looks odd. If you liked Calero’s work and the way he colored scenes in Masks, then you’ll like this. I’m not a big fan of the stock action background that’s used repeatedly, but the character work is solid.
Bottom Line: Niles presented a great first issue with a lot of promise. This is a fitting next step for what would have come next in the movie universe. Ash is back and he’s better than ever. The art leaves a lot to be desired, but the story really makes up for it. 4/5