Writer: Andy Hartnell
Artists: Nick Bradshaw (p), Etienne St-Laurent (c)
Publisher: Devil’s Due
The movie “Army of Darkness” ended with Ash back home in modern times. Almost. Ash didn’t get the time travel spell quite right, sending him, and the old wizard, to the day Ash and Linda went to the cursed cabin. Now Ash has a chance to stop himself from reading the Necronomicon, go back in time, and save his girlfriend. Of course, they have to get through the evil-infested woods first.
If you haven’t seen “Army of Darkness”, this comic gives you the bare-bones plot. I highly recommend renting the movie, as well as its prequels, “Evil Dead” 1 and 2. They’re some of the finest horror comedies ever made. You will understand Bruce Campbell’s following when you see those films. It’s called charisma, Kevin Smith! Something you’ll never have! (Explanation: At the 2002 Megacon, Smith admitted he did not understand the appeal of the Bruce. He also criticized Tim Burton’s ability to tell a story. That’s when I started to really hate him.)
Anyway, ‘Ashes 2 Ashes’ has all the high speed action, violence, comedy and attitude of the movie. Ash shots everything that moves, insults the old man who never looses faith in Ash, and thinks only about himself. He does show concern or Linda, (played by Bridget Fonda), but it seems more like lust than love.
The penciled art is a fine work of detailed cartooning. Think “Penny Arcade” with 3-D coloring. Bradshaw must have spent months drawing the backgrounds alone. You can see individual leaves on the trees! And while the characters are caricatures, they look and act alive. Bradshaw did not take any shortcuts in drawing this book. This is a richly detailed book thanks to St-Laurent. He used a wide pallet of colors and lighting techniques to create the illusion of depth and substance.
My only complaint is the book goes by too fast. But I only wish it was longer because I enjoyed reading it so much. I’m looking forward to further issues, including the inevitable Ash vs. Ash meeting and more Deadite monsters.
By the way, the magic words Ash couldn’t get right? “Klaatu Barata Nikto”. Ash could never remember the “Nikto”.
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