Thursday, August 25, 2022

Comics Review: The Army of Darkness vs. Reanimator: Necronomicon Rising #2


STORY: Erik Burnham
ART: Eman Cassallos
COLORS: Jorge Sutil
LETTERS: Troy Peteri
EDITOR: Joe Rybandt
COVER: Tony Fleecs
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (July 2022)

Rated Teen+

Army of Darkness is a 1992 comic horror film and the third film in the Evil Dead film franchise.  The film focuses on the series' lead character, Ash Williams (portrayed by actor Bruce Campbell), as he is trapped in the Middle Ages and battling an army of undead warriors.

“Herbert West–Reanimator” is a horror short story written by H. P. Lovecraft and first published in 1922.  The story was the basis of the 1985 horror film, Re-Animator, which spawned sequel films and other media adaptations of the Lovecraft source material.

Dynamite Entertainment currently produces comic books based on the Army of Darkness film, featuring Ash as the main character and comics based on Herbert West.  The two franchises sometime come together in a comic book miniseries.  The latest is The Army of Darkness vs. Reanimator: Necronomicon Rising, Volume 1.  It is written by Erik Burnham; drawn by Eman Cassallos; colored by Jorge Sutil; and lettered by Troy Peteri.  Necronomicon Rising focuses on a battle for the most notorious book of the dead between Ash Williams and Herbert West, the Reanimator.

As The Army of Darkness vs. Reanimator: Necronomicon Rising, Volume 1 #2 opens, Herbert and Bad Ash have teamed up for a visit to the creepy mansion of one Mr. Dupon.  He has the Necronomicon ex Mortis.  So will Bad Ash tell Herbert why he really needs this book?

Meanwhile, (good) Ash Williams and Constance Wyrdie head to Massachusetts, where Ash, the “Chosen One,” will learn what he is supposed to do as the chosen.  The deadites, however, have other plans for the Chosen One.  And everyone needs to watch out for the portal!

THE LOWDOWN:  Since July 2021, the marketing department at Dynamite Entertainment has been providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is The Army of Darkness vs. Reanimator: Necronomicon Rising, Volume 1 #2, which is the second Reanimator comic book and the latest AoD title that I have read.

The first issue of Necronomicon Rising #1 offered the potential for some fun, and this second issue lives up to that.  A good writer can have fun with Ash Williams and the world of The Army of Darkness and Erik Burnham does.  This series is crazy and nonsensical, with just enough of a plot so that some of it make sense … in a sense.

The art team of illustrator Eman Cassallos and colorist Jorge Sutil strike just the right tone – a mix of humor and mayhem.  Troy Peteri's letters are right behind that keeping up the crazy rhythm.  I was willing to give The Army of Darkness vs. Reanimator: Necronomicon Rising a chance.  I hoped for the best and I'm getting something surprisingly good.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of The Army of Darkness and/or Reanimator comic books will want to read The Army of Darkness vs. Reanimator: Necronomicon Rising, Volume 1.


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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