"Vampirella / Army of Darkness #1" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Dynamite Entertainment
Written by Mark Rahner
Illustrated by Jeff Morales
2015, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on July 8th, 2015
For a one-handed guy that's been stranded through time, Ash Williams sure gets around. When he's not getting married, traveling through space, or fighting Jason and Freddy, he's meeting beautiful women that may or may not want to kill him. Such is the case with the latest crossover, Vampirella / Army of Darkness, in which our hero comes face-to-face with the classic vampire heroine. Is it love at first bite (DO YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE? HAR HAR!)?
What I loved about Army of Darkness and Ash as a character is how things are never taken seriously. It's as if even Ash realizes how crazy his life has become. There's definitely a piece of that here, but it feels dumbed down to an extent. Ash is not much more than an arrogant, womanizing douche. Even his status as the Chosen One isn't enough to forgive some of these shortfalls. What's odd is that he spends the entire issue being an ass, even pointing out that a woman should be glad that he didn't slap her ass with his metal hand, then at the end, he asks Vampirella where the kitchen is and immediately apologizes for assuming she would know because she's a woman. This flip-flopping doesn't make any sense.
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There's not much to go on with the story just yet. Ash was getting wasted with some pals in the castle when someone turns up dead. Then Vampirella shows up. That's about it really. I'm curious as to how these two will interact, but the personalities don't really mesh too well from what I've read of both characters. It's an odd pairing.
Jeff Morales's artwork is pretty solid throughout the book. He provides some great facial expressions for Ash, giving him a bit of a rubber face in this regard, twisting his mouth from a smirk to a grimace between panels. The monsters seen in flashback stand out, showcasing a variety of fierce beasts capable of ripping a man in two.
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If Vampirella / Army of Darkness follows traditional comic book crossovers, the next chapter will be a fight between the two main characters before they realize they're on the same side and join forces to battle a common enemy. That's what looks to be the case so far, although there's not much revealed just yet. If you're a hardcore fan of either franchise, then you'll probably find something to enjoy here, but casual fans or curious newcomers can find more entertaining fare elsewhere.