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From the Comic Hold – Army of Darkness vs. Hack/Slash #1

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AODHS01CovCaselliArmy of Darkness vs. Hack/Slash #1 (of 6)

Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Daniel Leister
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 24th, 2013

First off, if you go into Army of Darkness vs. Hack/Slash expecting an epic battle between Ash Williams and Cassandra Hack, then you really don’t know much about the characters themselves. Sure, they fight briefly upon first encounter, but with goals so similar to each other, calling this series a “versus” is overdoing it a little.

For fans of the Hack/Slash series, Army of Darkness vs. Hack/Slash #1 should be on your radar, as it takes place after the series-ending events of Hack/Slash #25. The comic is even written by Hack/Slash creator Tim Seeley and drawn by Hack/Slash alumni Daniel Leister, so you know you’re in good hands.

One of my biggest problems with my previous experience with Army of Darkness comics, which as a fan of the Evil Dead film series are an easy sell, is just how out of character their portrayal of Ash Williams is. Instead of the helpless sap who is forced to man up to defeat a great evil (and gaining a bit of an ego in the process), most of the comics seem to turn him into a chauvinistic brute whose one-liners have gone south. Thankfully, with such a strong and capable team up as Cassandra Hack, resorting to such a cheap generalization for Ash would drag what is shaping up to be a great story down.

Army of Darkness vs. Hack/Slash #1 manages the impossible for a crossover story: fandoms on either side of the team up should be pleased with where this miniseries is going. This is certainly a comic I will read through to the end.

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