Comics Review: The Army of Darkness: 1979 #1


Dare we say it!?!? Yes! We Dare!



After his most recent appearance in Die!namite Lives, Ashley Williams is retired. Settled down. Haunted by the Deadites and the Necronomicon no more- wait, no, that ain’t right… None of that is true! In fact, not only is Ash still haunted by Deadites and the Necronomicon, but he’s haunted by the both of them in the 1970s (kids, ask your parents. Parents, ask yourselves!)! And what does he find in the South Bronx of the late 70s? Gangs! And what have those gangs found? The Necronomicon. So, what does that make the gangs? Bad-Ass Mxxxerfxxxers.


Can you dig it?

One of the things an Army of Darkness title should be is fun and bloody. With this AoD being set in a 70’s new york adorned with the classic movie ‘The warriors’ aesthetic, it removes any doubt out the gate this will be fun. But how do you bring Ash into a ‘Warriors’ setting when he deals in deadite and demon hunting? Rodney Barnes answers that quickly by giving one of gangs the Necronomicon.



No more complicated than it needs to be, but also raises the question; How? That is a good hook, not explicitly. It’s something left unasked, but as a reader, you’ll find yourself asking in the midst of everything. Tom Garcia comes out swinging with his art bring real definitive looks to every character. The action is mildly dynamic, but given Garcia’s history with Hellraiser it is exciting to see the horror elements he brings to AoD.



Final Verdict

Army Of Darkness 1979 #1 is set up and action in run that gets the ball rolling immediately. With Rodney stating he’s been a fan of previous AoD graphic novels and Tom’s history of horror themed comics this is in a position to be good. I recommend reading as it has the potential to be a great run.


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Micha Sivad

Micha Sivad is a self-proclaimed DC fanboy and geek, but with a soft spot for the whole of comics. He grew up on the east coast in D.C. and has been visiting the same LCS since getting into the medium at the age of 14. When not hatching his own fan theories on the Venture Bros and reading the latest releases, he's writing new joke material as a stand-up comic. Follow him on Twitter @michasivad.