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Ash vs The Army of Darkness celebrates 25th Anniversary w/ 99-cent issue

03.21.2017by: Mike Sprague

An all-new series of the ASH VS. THE ARMY OF DARKNESS comic books, based on the EVIL DEAD franchise, is coming our way soon, and it will be sporting five new covers. But that's not all, folks; a #0 issue will be available for only $0.99. 

Billed as "S-Mart Special Pricing" the $0.99 cent idea is meant to welcome a comic book "impulse buy". The 99-cent debut issue of ASH VS. THE ARMY OF DARKNESS features a cover by artist Nick Bradshaw, and as I mentioned above, there will be five variant editions available as well.  

These variant editions include three "Sneak Peek" editions by Reilly Brown, Mauro Vargas, and Pasquale Qualano, and a "Blood Red" Line Art cover edition by Nick Bradshaw. There will also be a "13th Anniversary Flashback" cover edition by J. Scott Campbell re-presenting the first Army of Darkness comic book cover from 2004.

The opening chapter in the latest Army of Darkness comic comes from writers Chad Bowers and Chris Sims, along with artist Mauro Vargas.

Says co-writer Chad Bowers on ARMY OF DARKNESS:

"Army of Darkness, and really Sam Raimi's entire filmography, is such a major influence on how we approach storytelling. Being turned loose inside that sandbox and having a chance to add to the AOD mythology feels like something we've been working toward for years, and hopefully it reads that way, too. And I dare anybody to tell me Ash Williams isn't the toughest ass-kicker in horror! What he lacks in brains, he more than makes up for by having a chainsaw for a hand. That'll get you a long way in this world!"

Co-writer Chris Sims says:

"I saw Army of Darkness when I was nine, and I've literally described it as a life-changing experience. It might've been the most influential movie I've ever watched -- in terms of the stories that I like and how much I love smartass everyman heroes that stumble into having to do the right thing -- and almost everything I've written has had a variation on that idea kicking around in it. One of our big goals whenever we sit down to write a new story is to keep things moving fast enough that nobody has a chance to get bored, and with Ash, escalating those situations was so much fun."

ASH VS. THE ARMY OF DARKNESS is slated for release in June.

Extra Tidbit: Which cover do you think kicks the most primitive screwhead ass?

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