Ash and the Army of Darkness #1
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Ash and the Army of Darkness #1

Writer: Steve Niles Artist: Dennis Calero Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: October 30, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 1
6.5Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

The battle has been fought and won. Ash battled and defeated the Deadite image of himself and save the world. Now all he wants to do is get home a have a normal life. Too bad he messed up the Book of Dead incantation. New series. New start. Will Ash ever escape the land of the Deadites? Will he ever find his girl? Will he ever remember the last part of the incantation? Now an army of unbelievable horrors rules the land and only Ash can annoy them.

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Oct 30, 2013

    Ash is back and he's better than ever. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 30, 2013

    For a first issue, the story is quickly set up with the potential for plenty of Ash-style action. Many of the past Ash/Army of Darkness stories lacked a little heart. Steve Niles and Dennis Calero bring the franchise back to its roots. Picking up right at the end of Army of Darkness, the story simply feels like it could be the actual continuation. Calero's art captures some of Bruce Campbell's facial expressions and the colors adds an eerie touch. With a new threat and another dangerous situation, it's going to be a fun ride to see Ash gets himself out of this mess. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Andrew Ziegler Oct 28, 2013

    Yes, I know, earlier this year Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell both alleged that a sequel (movie) is in the works. If Ash and the Army of Darkness is to play any part in it, Im unsure. Having waited over twenty years to do this, I can surmise that a time jump might be in the cards, as Bruce Campbell hasnt gotten any younger. Luckily for us, comic books are timeless. Steve Niles has created the direct sequel that never was, and its off to a great start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Nov 5, 2013

    A brilliant addition to the Evil Dead universe and a nice continuation from the Army of Darkness film, as although there is a planned sequel to the film in the works, it is nice to see this continuation story. The issue itself would have all the humour that made the films so great, having the same tone, with Ash feeling just like he did when Bruce Campbell played him. Due to all this I'd highly recommend this issue and can't wait for the next one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Oct 29, 2013

    Ash and the Army of Darkness #1 is a strong start that honestly accomplishes exactly what it needs to. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Oct 30, 2013

    Dennis Calero provides the art for this issue, and while his stuff is usually great, it feels like there's a bit of a disconnect here. His layouts are bold and frantic, but they page often feel empty. The characters look great, if somewhat stiff at times, but the setting and world are barren. There's a lack of backgrounds and texture, which only adds to the sparse feeling. Fortunately, he does provide a great sense of atmosphere and mood, which goes a long way. Ash and The Army of Darkness is still a fun ride, and a must read for fans of the films. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Sam Roche Oct 30, 2013

    The art is different, I'll give it that. It sort of works with the trippy writing and scenes, but by itself looks sloppy. I really disliked how Dennis Calero drew faces, the eyes and nose were disproportionate and the shading around the eyebrows and cheeks makes everyone look like raisins. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jimbus_Christ Oct 30, 2013

    Ash and the Army of Darkness welcomes new and old fans alike to enjoy the misadventures of Ashley J Williams in the 1300s with a fun, gore soaked, continuation of a beloved story. Bring on issue # 2! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Nov 1, 2013

    Niles wittingly blends humor with gore in this book, making the character seem pompous but in a likeable way. Ash's references to everyday retail phrases while kicking butt is flat out funny. For the debut of a horror series, Ash and the Army of Darkness packs a dramatic punch with plenty of spilled blood. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Front Towards Gamer - FTG Contributor Oct 29, 2013

    Overall, I feel they were trying to do too much with the one issue, but I almost wish I could step outside myself and read the book with out having knowledge of the movie first. It's so engrained in me, it's hard to tell how a reader new to the series might enjoy the issue. However, if its sole purpouse is to get old Army of darkness fans pumped for the series to continue, then baby, I'm pumped like a boomstick! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - Alan Shields Oct 29, 2013

    I guess it's unlikely you'd be buying this book without some previous knowledge of the franchise, and if you're already a fan, Ash & The Army of Darkness will certainly entertain, but if you're a noob looking for something fun to read, you could do a lot worse. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jamil Scalese Nov 5, 2013

    This first issue did near to nothing to separate it from any other title out there right now. It's just a good character is a very nondescript adventure. Look elsewhere this week for your horror or comic needs. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Oct 30, 2013

    I really wanted to like this book. It had so much going for it: Steve Niles writing, a direct sequel to the movie and a fresh start for readers. Sorry to say, there's nothing new and the art is poor. It cleverly picks up after the movie and feels like an Army of Darkness book but I'm not interested in reading more. Fans who absolutely love the film may enjoy but I can't recommend it. Read Full Review

  • 1.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Nov 22, 2013

    If I could go back in time, I'd do everything in my power to forget I ever looked at this book. A wonderfully running series has been rebirthed as a visual travesty. Just avoid this book! Read Full Review

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