SDCC 2013: Dynamite Announces Steve Niles on Ash and the Army of Darkness

AshAndAODLogoTempLeading up to this week’s San Diego Comic-Con, Dynamite has announced that their flagship comic book title, Army of Darkness, will receive a complete overhaul and a new ongoing series as imagined by Steve Niles, acclaimed author of 30 Days of Night and Batman: Gotham County Line.  A horror/action series with dark comedic overtones, the newly-titled Ash and the Army of Darkness continues the time-traveling, demon-fighting adventures of Ash Williams, the smart-mouthed hero of the 1992 cult-favorite film of the same name.

Niles is calling it a complete reboot, a word that often worries fans. But Niles is looking at this as a continuation of the movie series instead. The new series will start and the last frame of the film and then go right to the next.

Niles said about the announcement:

It’s a wild ride and I think fans of the film will be very happy because I am bringing back a lot of what made the movie so fun.  My run of Ash and the Army of Darkness takes place almost entirely in the 1300’s setting. That was what made Army of Darkness stand apart.  I’m hoping readers agree.

The film is one of my favorites and I think we have a really fresh, exciting take for Ash’s continuing adventures fighting the dead.  Dynamite has been expanding their line and have an impressive array of comic creators working with them now.  I’m looking forward to joining the team.

Niles is probably best known for his work on 30 Days of Night, but he includes a long list of series as a writer including  I Am Legend, Hellspawn, Chin Music, Simon Dark, The X-Files, Remains, Criminal Macabre, and 28 Days Later.

Should be a cool series and with Niles on it, immediately goes up into the anticipated category, especially with the persistent rumor we’ll be getting a new entry in the movie series from Sam Raimi himself.

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