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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 Horror
Based on Army of Darkness
Publication date November 1992 – present
Reprints
Collected editions
Omnibus Volume 1 ISBN 1606901001

Army of Darkness comics are based on the film of the same name published originally by Dark Horse Comics with the license being picked up by Dynamite Entertainment who initially published them through Devils Due Publishing.

The stories follow the adventures of the Evil Dead series, Ash Williams, and has included a number of crossovers.

Contents

First series

Film adaptation (#1-3)

In 1992, Dark Horse published an adaptation of the film with the original ending intact, written by Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi, with art by John Bolton.

It was published as a 3-issue mini-series and was released as a trade paperback by Dynamite in 2006 (ISBN 0974963836}.

Ashes 2 Ashes (#1-4)

The plot picks up right at the end of the film. It was written by Andy Hartnell, with art by Nick Bradshaw.

It was a 4-issue mini-series, collected as a trade paperback which was released in late February 2005 (ISBN 0974963895).

Shop Till You Drop Dead (#1-4)

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 4-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

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

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

Ash tries to kill all the other monsters released by the Necronomicon: Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, the Wolf-Man and the Mummy.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.[1]

King For A Day (vol .2) #13

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

Montezuma's Revenge (vol. 2) #18

Other comics

Tales of Army of Darkness

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

Army of Darkness Sketchbook

A jumbo sized sketchbook published by Devils Due Publishing.

The Evil Dead (#1-4)

Starting in January 2008, Dark Horse Comics has released a four-issue comic book mini-series based on The Evil Dead, which is written by Mark Verheiden, with art by John Bolton. As it is not published by Dynamite Entertainment, this series is most likely a separate continuity than the other Army of Darkness books.

Ash's Christmas Horror (one-shot)

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

Crossovers

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

Although this was a crossover, it served in the mainstream continuity of the series and shall be credited as part of the actual series.

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

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. Due to this event Marvel Comics have designated this Earth-818793 of the Multiverse (Marvel Comics)

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

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 released in late 2007.

Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash (#1-6)

The film sequel to Freddy vs. Jason was never made, but Wildstorm Comics and Dynamite announced that they'd be presenting the story in comic form as the six-issue mini-series Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash.[2]

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

James Kuhoric and Jason Craig returning to write and illustrate, respectively. The story picks up where the last left off, and it will feature cameos of known characters from the previous Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street films.

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

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.[3]

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

A crossover with Xena: Warrior Princess written by John Layman and Miguel Montenegro.[4]

Army of Darkness: Ash saves Obama (#1-4)

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."[5]

Collected editions

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 first 18 issues including film adaptation, 300 pages, January 2010, ISBN 1606901001)

See also

Notes

References

External links


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