Army of Darkness vs. Re-Animator

posted by @HeyItsKamo

It wouldn’t be Rad-tober if one of us didn’t talk about the God damn shotgun wielding, chainsaw for a fucking hand having, deadite stomping phenomenon that is Evil Dead. So pretty much, I’m here to tell you all about a crazy comic book called Army of Darkness vs. Re-Animator.

The Buffalo Comic Con was last weekend, and on top of all the excellent stuff I picked up (Planetary No. 1, waay too many Alf comics…), I managed to get the first issue of AoD/RA. I have to admit, I regret not buying the rest of the issues the dealer had because I was so impressed with numero uno; I need the rest of this four-issue series!

I had no idea there were Army of Darkness comics, although it makes perfect sense that there would be if you’ve ever watched the movie: super goofy, over the top killing of supernatural beasts? Yeah, that has “comic book” written all over it. And to find out these comics have been going on since 2004? That just adds insult to injury. I mean, the series picks up right where the movie left off; it’s like I missed this whole other rich story line and now I have to play catch-up. Hell, Ash even FOUGHT DRACULA in one series… and I don’t even want to tell you about the Marvel Zombies crossover.

Anyways, I’m here to talk about issue one of AoD/RA and damn it, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. If I had to sum this up in one long, run-on sentence it would be: Ash gets charged with the murder of a store full of people (they were possessed, so… not his fault?) , he finds himself locked up in Arkham Asylum (yeah, I don’t know either), which is home to a crazy doctor who’s doing experiments in re-animation and dabbling in the fucking Necronomicon (not the Necronomicon of sex, but like, I’m amped up and talking about the fuckin’ book of the dead, you know?), and the damn deadites come through a portal so now we’ve got all kinds of creepy monsters and insane patients full of demons that our friend Ash can have all kinds of fun destroying. To be honest, this comic is a handful. So much insane stuff happens so fast that I can’t imagine that the story was wrapped up in just four issues. How the Hell does Bruce Campbell stop the demons this time?

Right off the bat, it’s clear that (once you get past the gimmick of “oh, it’s Evil Dead“) the main draw of this comic is the art. The colors and detail are comical, but not overly cartoony. The story is so ridiculous and direct that it completely reminds me of Army of Darkness, which I loved. Even if you’re not a fan of the series (H.P. Lovecraft fans might want to stay away from this one), you can dive right in to this book and be entertained. It’s full of corny lines from our power-tool-for-a-hand protagonist, Ash, which are pretty cringe worthy most of the time, but are clearly there to bring back memories from his past adventures, especially his visit to the Middle Ages.

Ash is back in comic form, and this time he’s ready to give his zombie foes a face full of fist- uh, make that chainsaw.

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