Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Dynamite Entertainment's "Army of Darkness" is Going Serial! A Comic Book Preview

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Thinking about next year already? Dynamite Entertainment's success with its Army of Darkness (AoD) license is going to get a regular series starting February 2012. This series will come out after "Danger Girl and the Army of Darkness" graphic novel releases mid January.

Writer Elliott Serrano (from the previous AoD releases) and artist Marat Mychaels ("Youngblood" and "Demonslayer") will provide an ongoing saga that promises to be a new chapter. As the evil of the Necronomicon spreads across the cosmos, a new ally in the war against the Deadites emerges. There is a woman going by the name of "Ash," and readers may very well ask what her relation is with the real "Chosen One?" Is Ashley J. Williams going to have competition? They will be answered in due time, as our accidental hero travels deep into a pyramid of Ancient Egypt in a parallel dimension in the first tale.

Serrano, in a public statement, says that he wants to take the world of Evil Dead into new directions. "We're going to meet new characters, face bigger baddies and explore what it truly means to be the ‘Chosen One.’ Starting with Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, so many talented people have contributed to the mythos—not only in the movies but also in comics and video games—and living up to their efforts has been a real challenge. But I'm also drawing inspiration from those creators who've gone before me. As a HUGE AoD fan myself, I'm trying to tell a story that I would love to read!"

For artist Mychaels, "Having a chance to add to the AoD mythology is very creatively satisfying."

To get caught up with the crazy past shenanigans of Ash, Dynamite Entertainment has "Army of Darkness Omnibus" volume one. It collects the first 18 issues that contains the first four story arcs and adapts the movie—"Ashes 2 Ashes," "Shop till you Drop Dead," "vs. Re-Animator" and "Old School"—all into one massive volume. But the list does not end there, all the short stories in "Tales of the Army of Darkness" and original comic book covers are also reprinted. This compilation features the work of Andy Hartnell ("Danger Girl"), James Kuhoric ("Freddy vs. Ash vs. Jason") amongst others.

Volume 2 features "Ash vs. Dracula," "The Death of Ash," "From the Ashes" and many more in 400 pages than the 300 the first volume offers.

Deadheads cannot be any more excited. At least they will not explode with glee like Evil Ash did in the AoD movie.

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