Full disclosure: “Ash and the Army of Darkness” hasn’t really been doing it for me. The first arc left so much to be desired both in plot and art. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised by issue #6 and its presentation of a slightly (emphasis on slightly) meatier plot, giving us more character depth and story development. Not to mention the series new artist, Nacho Tenorio, who absolutely killed it.
ART BY: Nacho Tenorio
PUBLISHER: Dynamite Entertainment
RELEASE: April 23, 2014
When I read the official blurb from Dynamite, “A new adventure awaits Ash in the Dark Wood as he tries to find Evil Sheila and the Book of the Dead. But Sheila is too busy trying to resurrect a new undead husband to bother with Ash.” I was fairly pumped. It sounded like Evil Sheila was going to Frankenstein the hell out of a new Ash for herself. And Folks, that’s exactly what happens. She scrounges around for perfect male parts to put together her love and it’s awesome! But short. I would have been happy with more of that plot.
Meanwhile, Ash sets out to find his Sheila and the Book of the Dead but stumbles into a totally weird situation leading him to meet Sulevia. Earlier in the issue we are introduced to this character by a group of creepily faithful and handless Ash devotees (handless to show their devotion to Ash. See? Creepy). They explain that they’re aware of Ash because Sulevia, a woman who knows all has foretold of him. And at this point, it’s anyone’s guess whether or not she’s good or evil since Ash has a tendency to get mixed up with deceivers.
While the plot is meatier, as I mentioned above, it’s still lacking in… something. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Maybe it’s just that not a lot happens in the course of the issue. But what does happen is cool and exciting, leaving us on a cliffhanger that gets me reading more and more even though I’m not totally on board with this comic.
One thing I will say about this issue is that Niles has completely dialed down the Ash-isms. And thank hell for that. We still get a “Groovy” but that’s about it. In fact, gone is the Ash who loves the praise of ladies and wants the world to bow to his sexy goodness. In this issue, we see an Ash who is tired of being called “sir” and “sire,” an Ash who just wants to get business done without those around him messing up his plans with their odd sense of worship. This was a refreshing spin on the Ash we all know. He’s showing a sincere side that if kept up, could really turn this comic around for me.
Reviewed By: Bree Odgen