The Book of the Dead? Explosions? Hot girls with guns? It could very well be a movie playing late on Saturday but it’s not — it’s the new Danger Girl and the Army of Darkness crossover. Part one of this six-part miniseries is more Danger Girl than Army of Darkness, but if the last page promises anything, it promises action with a healthy dose of camp.
Alright, I’m not familiar with Danger Girl. This happens to be my first foray into the word of the sexed-up girl spies, but thankfully Danger Girl and the Army of Darkness requires no previous experience. It explains — quickly — who the main character is and what she does. Abby Chase is a Lara Croft-type and an ex-thief, now part of Danger Girl, a spy group reminiscent of Charlie’s Angels. There’s the kick-ass one, the sexy one and the smart one.
Then there’s the Evil Dead series, which needs no introduction unless you’ve either been living under a rock, or are my 60-year-old father. But for those of you who have emerged from under your rocks to come read this review, Army of Darkness is the slapstick third installment of the Evil Dead film series. The main character is Ash. who has a chainsaw in place of a hand and battles the evil forces risen by the Necronomicon.
Now we smash the two together, which is believable since Abby is a known treasure seeker/thief and the Necronomicon is what she seeks, and ta-da — you get a pretty decent comic. Yeah, it seems a little silly, but that’s the point — I really don’t think anyone could take Danger Girl very seriously, anyway. It’s chock full of over the top action — the type that leaves everyone dead but the main character, and if we’ve learned anything from Bruce Willis movies, it’s that this is a perfect start to an action story. Ash is sadly left for the last page and he doesn’t even make an official appearance, but this is incentive to buy issue two.
Danger Girl and the Army of Darkness was far more entertaining than I thought it would be, and I bought this on a whim because I wanted something completely different to read. It’s a fantastic dose of action cliché that promises evil, undead antics and the likeness of Bruce Campbell. I can’t find much wrong with that.