ADVANCE REVIEW: “Ash and the Army of Darkness #1”

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Dynamite

Releases October 30, 2013

32 pages • $3.99

Right before Halloween and hot on the heels of rumors that Sam Raimi is returning to helm Army of Darkness 2, Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) is taking Evil Dead fans to the very second Ash popped back into S-Mart. The trademark one-liners, Deadites, and boomstick all return, and thankfully Niles has nailed the voice of the originals.

Any new form of Evil Dead is always met with trepidation from its rabid fan base (myself included). Niles understands this, and fills his debut issue with enough references to please everyone. Seriously…this is a comic solely for those that love the movies. Ash can’t seem to ever catch a break, and it seems getting rid of the Book of the Dead didn’t help. After a few “I’ll swallow your souls” and a “Come get some!”, a beautiful splash page reveals that this party is just getting started.

Dennis Calero understands that these aren’t just regular old zombies, and he fills his pages with bizarre faces and glowing eyes. Don’t worry, Bruce Campbell and his chin are fully intact. The best Deadite kill of the issue definitely belongs to the cash register. The issue ends on an interesting cliffhanger and should be able to propel the story through 12 issues, although I do wonder if the dialogue and battles will get repetitive after we’ve seen four or five.

Closing Comments:

This is a series made completely for fans. You know who you are. Those that grew up on hand chain saws, demons in the basement, and improperly reciting “Klaatu Barada Nikto” will feel right at home.

Verdict: Hail to the King, Baby.

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Alex Smith is a news and reviews writer for Capeless Crusader. When not wasting away in class, he spends all his free time with comics, movies, and video games, and has been since birth. He can spend hours discussing SagaHawkeye, or Game of Thrones. Lying Cat’s number one fan. Random brain thoughts: @imapensfan

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Alex Smith

Alex Smith is a news and reviews writer for Capeless Crusader. He spends the majority of his time with film, comics and video games. Bringing up Game of Thrones or Saga will elicit a way-too-long discussion. He remains Lying Cat's #1 fan.

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