The key to the long-running Evil Dead franchise has been Bruce Campbell's Ash against an army of deadites - but what if Ash had his own army... of Ashes? In the new series Death to Army of Darkness from Dynamite Entertainment, that idea is explored - and these aren't just clones. There's an Ash dog, an Ash girl, and even a lil' Ash.
"When our editor, Nate Cosby, called with the idea of doing a 'Team Ash' book, he already had ideas for several visuals: A dog, a girl, a little Ash. Then we brainstormed on a few others and then just let Jacob run with it," the writer explained. "But the key for me was figuring out who they were as characters and how they relate to Ash. What does each one show Ash about himself and how do they function as a group?"
While this might stretch the bounds of the Evil Dead / Army of Darkness franchise's limits, writer Ryan Parrott is doing it for both ardent fans and those new to the franchise.
"We wanted to make this series accessible to both hardcore and casual fans of the franchise, so it picks up a few months after the events of Army of Darkness where Ash is kinda tired of being 'The Chosen One' and just sorta wants to live a normal life," said Parrott. "Unfortunately for him, the Deadites have other plans."
Speaking of plans, artist Jacob Edgar revealed to Newsarama that he hadn't watched any of the Evil Dead / Army of Darkness films until taking on this assignment - despite being a "big Bruce Campbell fan."
"I've always been aware of it, but had never gotten around to watching it for whatever reason," Edgar revealed. "I was a big Bruce Campbell fan from Hercules and Brisco County Jr, the Spider-Man cameos, etc. It was honestly a real joy to finally watch them, and have them be so fresh in my head as inspiration going into our book. The thing that sticks out for me, if I picked one thing, is energy. From Raimi's direction to Campbell's performance, the movies have an energy that's exciting and fun to ride along with. My big goal for this project is to translate some version of that energy into comic book form."
"We've tried to put in all the hallmarks from the franchise: Action, adventure, horror and humor," said Parrott. "There are Deadite possessions and, of course, chainsaw decapitations, and it wouldn't be complete without a little time travel. For hardcore fans, we'll get into the creation of the Necronomicon and even the twisted philosophy of the Deadites. And maybe... just maybe... there might be a few more Ashes down the road. But, we'll see."
Death to Army of Darkness #1 debuts February 12.