Filed under: 6 Stars, Andy Hartnell, Army of Darkness, Filip Sablick, James Kuhoric, John Bolton, Kevin Sharpe, Michael O'Hare, Nick Acs, Nick Bradshaw, Paul Azaceta, Robert Kirkman, Robert Place Napton, Sanford Greene, Shawn Spurlock
This Omnibus collects A movie adaption by “John Bolton” and four story arcs from the ongoing series – “Ashes to Ashes”, “Shop till You Drop (Dead)”, “Ash vs. Re-Animator” and “Old School”. It also contains the shorts stories presented in “Tales of the Army of Darkness” and a complete cover gallery.
The movie adaptation does a good pretty good Job of capturing the story of the “Army of Darkness Movie” but the art is a little uninspiring and if you have seen the movie many times, like I have, it is a bit too familiar to make the read that interesting.
“Army of Darkness Ashes to Ashes” Follows on from the end of the first book (Movie) with an altogether more interesting art style. It is quite cartoony and reminiscent of the “Metal Slug” video games or scooby Doo but it fits perfectly with the slap stick nature of Ash’s exploits. The story follows the same formula as the movie and is full of the corny one lines Bruce Campbell is so famous for. “Army of Darkness Shop till you drop dead” and “Army of Darknessvs Re-animator” follow the same formula with what seems to be progressively insaner plots including time travel and crazy monsters. “Army of Darkness Old School” has a bit of change in art direction to a more serious dark and grainy style. The story isnt quite as zany as the other installments and it harks back more to the Living Dead era. The art style is a lot closer to what you would expect in a Horror Graphic novel rather than the comic style elsewhere in this omnibus. Definitely ‘Old School”
“Tales from The Army of Darkness” is a bit of a mixed bag both in terms of content and artistic style but there is something in there that will appeal to most people. I particularily enjoyed the artwork of “Filip Sablick” and “Michael O’Hare”. One of my favorite comic book authors “Robert Kirkman” pens one of the stories and it is pretty good too.
The full selection of covers at the end are a very nice bonus and feature some fantastic artwork. [ISBN-13: 978-1606901007] . 6/10.
I am a big Army of darkness fan but this was the first time I have read a Graphic novel based upon it. I didn’t really have very high expectations especially as the Nightmare on Elm street and Friday 13th franchises had become such a parody of themselves. The book turned out to be a very enjoyable read and it worked very well, probably better than it would as a Movie (it was original a Movie script idea). The artwork is very good and the gore is off the scale. Ash is true to his movie roll and comes across very nicely in print. This book was a pleasant surprise. [ISBN-13: 978-1401220044]. 7/10