Published on July 24th, 2017 | by Kevin Given0
Review: Ash Vs The Army of Darkness #2
This issue opens at Alan Shephard High School, Dearborn, Michigan, Ash’s Alma Marta, where he just became a substitute teacher. The school custodian is cleaning up the frog-demon mess from the last issue. He’s complaining, of course, that in the last 35 years he’s never had to clean up a mess like this. Then he cuts his hand on a sharp object and worries about getting infected, but he may have something more to worry about!
Chris and Chad continue to draw us into Ash’s predicament. We’re treated to the aftermath of a major Deadite attack on the school and Ash believes he’s the only one that can deal with this situation. Our writers have a few surprises in store for both the readers and the main character himself. It’s a dog eat dog world and it’s also a dog eat demon dimensional rift as we are taken to the extremes of what a high school can endure. Great fun to be sure. The suspense never lets up and we’re taken on a ride that only Mr. Williams can take us in the world of academics. Great fun!
The art and color both strive to bring us into a slightly cartoony horror tale with sharp contrasts and varying degrees of light and darkness. One panel seems normal with the world of Ash and then we immediately get thrust into a dark situation as the story shifts. It’s a manic style that helps this become an easy read. In a hilarious turn the Deadites possess, well, it would be a crime to reveal that here, just trust me, it’s a funny scene unlike anything that’s ever been tried in the Evil Dead universe, cinematic or otherwise (at least that I’ve seen,) before. Mauro Vargas brings the Deadite possessed creatures to rollicking life and it’s fun to watch the humans try to contain this supernatural threat. I loved every minute of it.
The cover evokes the John Hugh’s classic film The Breakfast Club and this comic is like something out of John Hugh’s worst nightmare. It’s a shame that John Hugh’s and Sam Raimi never collaborated on a film. It could have been a classic. Molly Ringwald becomes a Deadite, it would have been glorious! Ash continues to try and contain the Deadite threat to his high school Alma Marta and the Deadites continue to find creative ways to harass our hero. In true Sam Raimi style it’s manic and crazy and just when Ash thought he was alone in his fight with the supernatural baddies…To be continued. ***1/2 (8.8 rating)
Ash Vs The Army of Darkness #2
Writer – Chris Simms, Chad Bowers
Art – Mauro Vargas
Color – Triona Farrell
Letters – Tom Napolitano
Publisher – Dynamite Comics
Publication date – July 2017