Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: Dennis Calero, Ben Templesmith
Release Date: 4th December 2013
As a reboot of Evil Dead comic book continuity, Ash & The Army of Darkness is certainly doing a good job of keeping things simple and entertaining, just as the films were, and just as things should be. As much story as you may want to throw at this title, it all comes down to the fact that we love Ashley J. Williams, and Steve Niles clearly shares this sentiment, and gives us what we want.
Issue #1 set things up pretty well for this series, and this second instalment carries things on without missing a beat for the most part. It all moves along at a steady pace, but there is a point where one skirmish seems to have taken place between two panels without us even noticing. Having said that, ‘A&TAoD’ is a pretty refreshing read, as the book isn’t weighted down in unnecessary dialogue. Steve Niles instead allows Dennis Calero’s art to do a lot of the talking, and it does this very well, telling the story in nice, uncluttered panels and fairly simple layouts.
Of course, we still get Ash’s wonderful badass banter and the famous chainsaw even makes an appearance here, and it’s good to know the creative team appreciate what makes Army of Darkness cool and entertaining in the first place, and going forward It will be good to see where they can take the character in this new, back to basics title.
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