Death to the Army of Darkness 33
Writing - 8.2/10
Art - 8/10
Overall - 8.1/10
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Death to the Army of Darkness #3
Writer: Ryan Parrott
Artist: Jacob Edgar
Colorist: Kike J. Diaz
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Maturity Rating: Teen +
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: June 17, 2020
Ancient Egypt, Deadites taking over. Who else would you want on the case?
“Creeping Death” Death to the Army of Darkness #3
Ash’s life just keeps getting weirder and weirder in Death to the Army of Darkness #3. After returning from the Middle Ages fighting Deadites, he thought he could just live the rest of his life working as a stock boy at S-Mart. But the dead just won’t stop coming after him. That is not even the strangest part of his new adventure.
Not only is our chainsaw-handed, boomstick-wielding hero fighting horrific creatures of Hell, but now he has a whole team. You see, now Ash’s “essence” has been attached to a woman, Ashley; a small imp-like Ash; a skeleton; his chainsaw; and a dog! Now he has a whole team to fight the Deadites. They all have their own attitudes and motives with a little Ash bravado! But things get worse as the team gets transported to ancient Egypt, where the dead look to take over unless they can stop them in Death to the Army of Darkness #3.
I am a big Ryan Parrott fan. If you have read any of my Go! Go! Power Rangers or TMNT/Power Rangers reviews you know that. I liked the first issue of this series as well. Parrott does seem to shine when he gets to work with a group of characters, and that is what he gets to start in Death to the Army of Darkness #3.
Now, the issue does have to get the plot moving, which I am not wholly invested in right now. I mean, it is okay, not thrilled with a time-jump story. But the ancient-Egypt setting is interesting enough. What Parrott really has me interested in is this odd assortment of characters.
Ashley, with that bit of Ash, gets to shine a bit. We also get into the other characters, like the skeleton who just enjoys being alive, the dog that can now talk but has many fears. Parrott always does an excellent job of getting into characters’ heads and I am excited to see more of that.
He also does a great job of catching the slapstick/horror/comedy vibe of this franchise. The dialogue is fantastic throughout the issue and sounds true to what you see in the movies/television show.
A lot like I said in my review of the first issue, I think Jacob Edgar‘s art style fits this series well. It is very animated and cartoony with a bit of a realistic tinge to it. It works well with the horror/comedy vibe. He also catches the likeness of young Bruce Campbell excellently as well. He has all the distinguishing features, but makes it his own, as well.
I do wish the art had a little more energy or sense of movement to it; it still feels a bit stale or static at times in Death to the Army of Darkness #3. Edgar does excel at visual storytelling through the characters’ facial expressions. We only get to see the skeleton character’s eyes in this issue, and he gets across what it is feeling perfectly through just the ways the eyes are.
Great coloring work from Kike J. Diaz in Death to the Army of Darkness #3. The flat, more muted tones work well with Edgar’s art style. Using a lot of yellow and brown colors brings this ancient Egyptian desert landscape to life.
Comic books based on movie or television properties can be a bit tricky at times. It is hard to not only catch that feeling and tone of those in comic book form, but also put your own stamp on it. I think the creative team has been able to do both and it is starting to show with Death to the Army of Darkness #3.
The character of Ash feels true to the lovable goof we all know and love, while Parrott gets to put his own twist on him and bring some other characters into the fold. He also gets to dig into those characters’ mindsets and feelings (which I hope we get more of, going forward).
The art team does an all-around solid job as well. They bring us into this comedy/horror world that feels familiar but is something different and original as well.
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