SDCC ’13: Steve Niles And Dennis Calero Will Give Dynamite’s Army Of Darkness A Reboot

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AshAndAODLogoTempDynamite continues to pull in top-tier talent for new comics. Today they kicked off their San Diego Comic-Con announcements in style with the news of an Army of Darkness reboot that follows right where the movie left off. That’s pretty big on its own, but the creative talent behind it will be master of horror Steve Niles and MASKS artist Dennis Calero.

Army of Darkness has been a big series for Dynamite, but it will soon be undergoing a complete overhaul. Steve Niles (30 Days of Night and most recently Breath of Bones) will tackle the “horror/action series with dark comedic overtones” in Ash And The Army Of Darkness. The series will focus on Ash as he goes back to the 1300s to play with his boomstick. Niles says:

What I’m doing with Ash and the Army of Darkness is a complete reboot. We start and the last frame of the film and then go right to the next. It’s a wild ride and I think fans of the film will be very happy because I am bringing back a lot of what made the movie so fun. My run of Ash and the Army of Darkness takes place almost entirely in the 1300’s setting. That was what made Army of Darkness stand apart. I’m hoping readers agree.

I’m very excited to be working with Dynamite and thrilled to be working on Ash and the Army of Darkness. The film is one of my favorites and I think we have a really fresh, exciting take for Ash’s continuing adventures fighting the dead. Dynamite has been expanding their line and have an impressive array of comic creators working with them now. I’m looking forward to joining the team.

Dynamite has been relaunching some of their characters with top-tier creative talent to amazing success. Gail Simone‘s Red Sonja hits this week (spoiler alert: It’s pretty good. Look for a review Wednesday), Mark Waid is writing some stellar Green Hornet stories, and Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning have retooled Battlestar Galactica. Niles is an amazing writer, but he’s had some very impressive books lately and Breath of Bones looks to end with a bang next month. Seeing the writer take on Ash promises nothing but great things. What do you think about Niles and Calero rebooting The Army of Darkness?

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