Army of Darkness (comics)

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Army of Darkness

Cover of Army of Darkness 1 (Nov 1992).
Art by John Bolton.
Publication information
Publisher Dark Horse Comics
Dynamite Entertainment
Schedule Monthly
Formats Original material for the series has been published as a set of limited series and one-shot comics.
Genre
Publication date November 1992 – present
Reprints
Collected editions
Omnibus Volume 1 ISBN 1-60690-100-1

Army of Darkness comics are based on the film of the same name published originally by Dark Horse Comics, and later by Dynamite Entertainment who initially published them through Devil's Due Publishing.

The stories follow the adventures of the Evil Dead series, Ash Williams, and has included a number of crossovers with a wide variety of characters such as, Marvel Zombies, Darkman, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Dracula, Xena, Danger Girl, Re-Animator and Barack Obama.

First series[edit]

Film adaptation (#1-3)[edit]

In 1992, Dark Horse published an adaptation of the film with the original ending intact. John Bolton adapted the story from the script written by Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi, in addition to providing the artwork.

It was published as a three issue mini-series and was released as a trade paperback by Dynamite in 2006 (ISBN 0-9749638-3-6).

Ashes 2 Ashes (#1-4)[edit]

  • Originally published in: Army of Darkness: Ashes 2 Ashes #1-4 (July 2004 - October 2004)
  • Plot outline: The plot picks up right at the end of the film, where the wizard of Army of Darkness goes to Ash's times to tell him that he's still not in his right time and that he arrived moments before he left to the wood in the first Evil Dead. Now he once again faces the evil in the woods and encounters his self from the true present, and along with the Wizard sends him to the past where the events of The Army of Darkness took place. While trying to destroy the book that caused all the events of the trilogy to take place, the two travel to Egypt, where the wizard is killed and Evil Ash is resurrected, in a final battle Ash is able to destroy Evil Ash and his army with the help of the medieval warriors of Arthur's court from the 3rd film and once again encounters Sheila, after the end of the battle everybody goes to their respective timeline but Ash leaves the book behind, forgetting to destroy it.[1]

It was written by Andy Hartnell, with art by Nick Bradshaw.

It was a four issue mini-series, collected as a trade paperback which was released in late February 2005 (ISBN 0-9749638-9-5).

Shop till You Drop Dead (#1-4)[edit]

This story starts where Ashes 2 Ashes ends.

It was written by James Kuhoric, with art by Nick Bradshaw and Sanford Greene.

It was a four issue mini-series, collected as a trade paperback which was released in November 2006 (ISBN 1-933305-26-6).

Army of Darkness vs. Re-Animator (vol. 1) #1-4[edit]

A crossover with Herbert West from H. P. Lovecraft's short story, "Herbert West–Reanimator" and well-known from the film Re-Animator and its sequels.

This story starts where Shop Till You Drop Dead ends.

This was published as issue #1-4 of the ongoing Army of Darkness series. The trade was released in late October 2006 (ISBN 1-933305-13-4).

Old School (vol. 1) #5-7[edit]

Ash returns to the cabin in the woods in an attempt to stop the evil at its source.

This was published as issue #5-7 of the series. It was published in September 2006 (ISBN 1-933305-18-5).

Ash vs. Dracula (Ash vs the Classic Monsters) (vol. 1) #8-11[edit]

Ash must face Dracula, who wants to use the power of the Necronomicon to plunge the world in eternal night. Introduces Dynamite's new character: Eva Daughter of the Dragon.

This was originally published in the series #8-11. The trade paperback collects the Ash vs. Dracula series and The Death of Ash.

The Death of Ash (vol. 1) #12-13[edit]

The story starts where Ash vs. Dracula ends and leads up to Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness.

It was published as issues #12-13 of the ongoing series.

Second series[edit]

From The Ashes (vol. 2) #1-4[edit]

Ash vs. Evil Ash Prime and his many mutants and monsters in a post-apocalyptic world. #1 August 2007. It was a four issue story arc.[2]

The Long Road Home (vol. 2) #5-8[edit]

A four issue story arc that will follow the aftermath of Ash defeating Evil Ash Prime and his quest (with Sheila by his side) to repair the damage done to the world.

Home Sweet Hell (vol. 2) #9-12[edit]

A four issue story-arc taking place after "The Long Road Home" written by James Kuhoric and Mike Raicht featuring Ash, having lost his memories and status as the "Chosen One", battling demons.[3]

King For A Day (vol .2) #13[edit]

Ash heads back to 1300 a.d. to find a way to destroy the book of the dead, but soon finds out that he was named king after lord Arthur's death.

Hellbillies and Deadnecks (vol. 2) #14-17[edit]

Montezuma's Revenge (vol. 2) #18[edit]

The Necronomicon transports Ash to Mexico, against his will, where he's forced to stop an ancient god who has been revived.

Water, Water, Everywhere... (vol. 2) #19[edit]

A special self-contained story from writer Mike Raicht, joined here by artist Pablo Marcos. This storyline was originally untitled, but got named in the Army of Darkness Omnibus Volume 3. Ash finds love with a woman named Georgia, only to find she's a murderous succubus and that there may be other chosen ones. Ash leaves her and prevents a deadite outbreak.

Ashley J Williams Goes to Europe #20-21[edit]

In Europe Ash meets a werewolf named Brad, a protector and learns that there are a line of protectors, who protect the areas of the world. He also finds that many of the chosen ones before him have been taken over by Hell's Prophet, and have been the cause of many disasters throughout history. The only thing that has stopped Hell's Prophet is the League of Light. Ash and Brad set out to stop it before Hell's Prophet takes him over.

Ash and the League of Light #22-27[edit]

Ash travels to different continents of the world recruiting other protectors to help him defeat Hell's Prophet, which has possessed him. Unbeknownst to him, the very people he is gathering may end up being his undoing, as it is foretold the protectors must kill him.

Ash dies, his new League of Light fails to stop Hell's Prophet from taking over causing the world to go to hell. Five years later, a time machine is made by the last surviving members of the League of Light, as they go back in time and stop Hell's Prophet from taking over Ash. The ghost of future Ash warns his past self in a note on what to do, and he saves the world; causing everything to snap back to normal.

Third series[edit]

Army of Darkness: Ongoing #1-13

Other comics[edit]

Tales of Army of Darkness[edit]

A 48 page annual issue including 5 new stories by various writers and artists.

Army of Darkness Sketchbook[edit]

A jumbo sized sketchbook published by Devils Due Publishing.

The Evil Dead (#1-4)[edit]

In January 2008, Dark Horse Comics released a four-issue comic book mini-series based on The Evil Dead, which is written by Mark Verheiden, with art by John Bolton.

Ash's Christmas Horror (one-shot)[edit]

A 2008 Christmas special in which Ash tries to stop Evil Ash and a Deadite Santa from destroying Christmas.

Army of Darkness: Ash Saves Obama (#1-4)[edit]

According to writer Elliott Serrano, it is not just a commentary on the many Barack Obama comic books but also "all the other trends that have occurred in comics over the decades."[4]

Crossovers[edit]

Army of Darkness vs. Re-Animator (#1-4)[edit]

Although this was a crossover, it served in the mainstream continuity of the series and shall be credited as part of the actual series. Takes place after Shop till You Drop Dead.

Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness (#1-5)[edit]

A five-issue mini-series crossover with Marvel Comics set in the Marvel Zombies universe, also doubling as an origin story for that universe alongside the interlinked prequel Marvel Zombies: Dead Days. Marvel Comics has since designated this Earth-818793 of the Marvel Comics multiverse

Darkman vs. Army of Darkness (#1-4)[edit]

A crossover with another Sam Raimi film character, Darkman. It was written by Roger Stern and Kurt Busiek, with art by James Fry. It ran for four issues from August 2006 to March 2007 and the trade paperback was released in late 2007. The story features Darkman/Dr. Peyton Westlake's former love Julie accidentally read the incantations of the Necronomicon, which unleashes a deadite infestation throughout the city and transforms Julie into the Deadite Queen. Helping her friend Brynne Kelly escape with the book, the pair use it to open a portal and summon the 'Legendary Hero' to them - which turns out to be Ash Williams. Teaming up, the trio take on the army of deadites - led by Darkman's deceased enemy Robert Druant - as they plan to use the book to help rid Julie of the evil inside her. The trio succeed in reversing the effects, freeing Julie and destroying the deadite army. Ash and Brynne share a kiss before he disappears while Darkman watches over Julie and her boyfriend Tony, understanding that his desire to save Julie cost the lives of others and that he will have to live with it.

Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash (#1-6)[edit]

Based upon an unused script to a possible film sequel to Freddy vs. Jason, Wildstorm Comics and Dynamite co-published the story in comic form as the six-issue mini-series Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash.[5]

Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors (#1-6)[edit]

James Kuhoric and Jason Craig returning to write and illustrate, respectively. The story picks up where Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash left off and featured cameos of known characters from the Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street franchises.

Army of Darkness / Xena: Why Not? (#1-4)[edit]

A four issue mini-series in which Ash travels to Xena's dimension in order to stop a mini version of himself from destroying that world.[6]

Xena / Army of Darkness: What, Again? (#1-4)[edit]

A second crossover with Xena: Warrior Princess written by Brandon Jerwa and Elliott Serrano.[7]

Danger Girl and the Army of Darkness (#1-6)[edit]

A six-part crossover with IDW Publishing's Danger Girl characters which began in April, 2011.[8]

Army of Darkness vs. Hack/Slash (#1-6)[edit]

A six-part crossover with Devil's Due Publishing's Cassie Hack will begin in July, 2013. Released by Dynamite Entertainment.[9]

Collected editions[edit]

The various stories and limited series have been collected into trade paperbacks.

Dynamite are also collecting all the comics into larger omnibus editions:

  • Omnibus, Volume 1 (collects the first 18 issues including film adaptation, 300 pages, released in 2010, ISBN 1-60690-100-1)
  • Omnibus, Volume 2 (collects the next 18 issues, 432 pages, released in April 2012, ISBN 978-1-60690-274-5)
  • Omnibus, Volume 3 (collects the next 15 issues #13-27, 360 pages, released in April 2013, ISBN 978-1-60690-397-1)

Awards[edit]

Maquette[edit]

On May 11, 2005 it was announced that Dynamite Entertainment would be releasing a maquette based on J. Scott Campbell's cover of Army of Darkness: Ashes 2 Ashes #1. The maquette was sculpted by Anthony Colella and stands at 13” tall.[11] It has a limited release of 150 pieces[12] with 50 Artist Proofs being released[13] at a later date. When released both the Maquette and AP held a MSRP of $149.99.[11]

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