Review: Ash And The Army Of Darkness #4
The Army of Darkness grows as Wiseman’s legion of Deadites ransack town after town, burning building and stealing souls. Ash and the Mask Fighter are on the run and find themselves trapped in the Dark Wood where an old enemy waits for Ash.
Ash and the Army of Darkness hits comic book shelves this week with the release of issue #4. The story is written by Steve Niles with art by Dennis Calero and letters by Marshall Dillon. This series has been a roller coaster ride, but is this month’s installment a high or low?
The Wiseman’s army of Deadites is growing and towns are being attacked and destroyed. Ash and Sheila are trying to find the Book of the Dead and set things right once again. Meanwhile Arthur and his court are preparing for the inevitable siege of the undead.
Niles writes a fast and thin issue. Niles is a master of horror, but his work feels inconsistent with this series. He does a great job of capturing the feel and vibe of the world, specifically Ash, but the story feels like it just sort of meanders. There is a specific goal thought there’s no real sense of urgency. All of the events just happen. Calero’s art follows along with the inconsistent theme. He does a masterful job of capturing Bruce Campbell’s likeness, but the backgrounds and finer details are nearly nonexistent. Calero has a particular style which I loved with his other Dynamite work Masks, but it seems like this is just bare bones. The colors make it feel very digital and too clean.
Bottom Line: Ash and the Army of Darkness is a series I desperately wanted to love. Steve Niles is a fantastic writer and the first issue showed a lot of promise and a well-constructed plot, but things just don’t quite come together in the subsequent issues. There is still a lot of promise with this series and a few signs of brilliance, but it needs a really good polish. I’m not giving up just yet and I don’t think you should either. 2/5