One Ash Williams is a handful, but what happens when our hero is splintered into multiple versions of himself? In Death to the Army of Darkness #1, writer Ryan Parrott (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Batman: Gates of Gotham) offers up a comedy-horror epic with artist Jacob Edgar (Savage Tales: Red Sonja) starring clones of the over-the-top Ash. Rounding out the creative team is colorist Kike J. Diaz (Sherlock Frankenstein, Ether) and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Red Sonja, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt).
The new series begins just after the legendary Army of Darkness film, and a bad translation of the Necronomicon is of course to blame for the antics. Versions of Ash include his feminine side Ashley Williams, the erratic Lil’ Ash, Dash aka Doggie Ash, the cynical and morose Skeleton Ash, and Chainy—Ash’s now sentient chainsaw! Their mission is to travel through time to Ancient Egypt and prevent the Necronomicon from ever being written in the first place.
Parrott shared, “Ash is just such a unique character to write, a self-serving braggart who always stumbles backward into being a hero. And I’m really excited about the story we’re telling. This series is wacky fun and really digs into Deadite mythology. It’s full of blood, sweat, and boomsticks…so I really hope fans come along for the ride.”
Edgar added, “Army of Darkness has pretty much everything you’d want to draw in a comic book, and Ryan is playing to ALL of that with his scripts. Ash is a ton of fun as a character, trying to translate his expressiveness and..unique brand of heroism to the page. There’s quite a legacy for us to live up to on a property like this, with all the films/TV/comics that have come before, but I think we’re bringing something fresh and really special!”
“This series is a love story dedicated to the concept of beating the ever-living hell out of evil demons and breaking as many things as possible and pouring buckets of monster blood on everything!” said editor Nate Cosby. “And I think Ryan, Jacob, Kike, and Hassan should be ashamed of themselves. Buy it in February!”
Cover artists for the book include Ben Oliver (Vengeance of Vampirella, American Carnage), “Zombie King” Arthur Suydam (DCeased, Marvel Zombies), and Mirka Andolfo (Unnatural, Catwoman). Look for a Valentine’s variant by Sebastian Piriz and a remastered Icon incentive cover featuring J Scott Campbell’s piece from Dynamite’s first-ever Army of Darkness comic 15 years ago.
Death to the Army of Darkness #1 can be preordered at your local comic shop in December. The issue is slated for a February release. For digital, head over to Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more.