Army of Darkness #1 Written by Elliot R. Serrano Pencils by Marat Mychaels Inks by Chris Ivy Colors by Gabriel Belluco Letters by Bill Tortolini Covers by Tim Seeley and Marat Mychaels Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: February 15, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99
Hey, everybody loves Ash, right? And everybody loves the Evil Dead movies, right? So, you should love Army of Darkness #1, right? Right!
Elliot Serrano takes a VERY different approach to this franchise, and I applaud him for that. He could have just gone with another run of the mill Ash vs. Deadites tale, but no, he made this issue fresh, different, and exciting. There’s just one problem. I have no idea what’s going on. At. All. I’ll be honest, I haven’t kept up with the Army of Darkness miniseries that Dynamite has published lately, and maybe I should have. Don’t get me wrong, you’re not going to be completely lost, you get the gist of what’s going on, but it just feels a little like you’re missing something.
Nevertheless this issue IS a lot of fun and like I said before, a refreshing change of pace from earlier Army of Darkness titles. It’s a great issue, but not a great FIRST issue. In my opinion, there should have been a little more narrative as to what’s gone on before, if this is a continuation of one of the other miniseries. Other than that, it’s a hell of a fun comic book.
Artist Marat Mychaels shows some great promise here. While I’m not familiar with his work, he’s off to a great start with this series. And, he can draw women. VERY well. There’s not a lot of deadites or monsters in this issue, so I’m very anxious to see how those are rendered when he gets the chance.
This was a very entertaining book. If I had to nitpick something that I didn’t like, it would be that it feels like I came in at the middle of the story, not the beginning. That being said, it’s still very enjoyable and fans of the Army of Darkness franchise will love it, and so will people who’ve never seen the films before. But c’mon, who hasn’t seen those classic movies?