Published on October 20th, 2016 | by Kevin Given
Review: Evil Dead 2 Revenge of Dracula
“You know you should trademark that ‘Suck your Blood’ catchphrase, big money in that stuff.” – Ash
Ash is back once again. This time he’s facing the prince of darkness. Dracula is such an iconic character; he shows up just about everywhere. He’s even met Ash before in Dynamite Comics Evil Dead: Furious Road. In this volume, our hero hooks up with a lovely young lady who turns out to not be good for him, (what else?) This lady isn’t just some ditzy blonde out to satisfy her loins, she has ulterior motives that Ash doesn’t realize until it’s too late (What else?)
The Creative Team:
Peterson wastes no time bringing us into the action as Dracula has Ash in his clutches on the very first page. We also see the folly of dabbling with forces that we would have no control over and therefore shouldn’t be involved with. I love how this issue begins the action right away and then we see how Dracula came to be resurrected just moments before this point in a brief flashback. It shows me and the reader that we aren’t in for a long prequel of how Ash came to find his antagonist, no, his antagonist is already in his face and ready to suck his blood. The only thing is, the unexpected occurs and Ash asks the magical question “What can scare the bejeebers out of a vampire?” After an initial skirmish, Ash and Drac must team up to take on a demonic foe who apparently created the first vampire. Good fun.
Guichet and Rubenstein give Ash and company a slight cartoony look which works well, I like how they render Dracula who is scary and humorous all at once. The fight scene between Ash, Drac and the real antagonist of this issue is superbly brought to us and the panels help the story flow. The Necronomicon, as always, plays an important part in the final conflict and it all comes together so smoothly that you know there’s going to be more to come in the next issue.
An Action-packed cover which gives me what I want in an Evil Dead cover plus bringing Dracula’s command performance to the forefront. Drac and Ash come crashing through the window of a castle. Drac is on top and ready to bite while Ash has his gun pointed directly into the dark prince’s rib cage. There are bats flying towards them. The cover expertly brings us into an intense issue which should please both fans of the Evil Dead franchise and the Prince of Darkness’ legions of devotees. I had a lot of fun with this issue and can’t wait for the next one.
This issue throws everything at us but the kitchen sink! I loved how the story leads us to think that Dracula is the main antagonist when there’s another demon lurking in the darkness, one that has supposedly created the first vampire and is in opposition toward Dracula’s resurrection. The action heats up when the two must take on the other demon. At one point in this issue we get lost in the shuffle and don’t realize who the real antagonist is and Ash must sort that out to win. I enjoyed having to guess which antagonist he had to team up with to defeat the other. What becomes of the other foe afterwards? well, you should read that for yourself to find out.***
Evil Dead 2 Revenge of Dracula
Writer: Scott Peterson
Art: Horacio Dominguez, Yvel Guichet
Colors: House of Imagi
Letters: Jacob Bascle
Cover: Yvel Guichet, Joe Rubenstein
Publisher: SGP Publishing
Publication date: October, 2016