Review: Vampirella/Army of Darkness #1

VampiAOD01-Cov-A-SeeleyIn the different worlds of supernatural within comics in general, right now seems to be a great time for the genre, as it has enjoyed a resurgence of the last few years, as some properties have lend their talents to the TV screen, i.e. Walking Dead , iZombie, True Blood and the upcoming Lucifer. It is only to be expected that comics reach back into the movie and TV worlds, and want to explore what they have to offer as well.

The comics medium offers more to character development, as they can explore different story arcs without worrying about the costs of special effects and location scouting, as the only thing an artist would have to do is research and draw what he saw. So when I heard that Dynamite decided to mash-up their two most successful horror genre comics, I was excited to see the results.

Written by Mark Rahner and illustrated by Jeff Morales, the story centers on Ash from Evil Dead fame and everyone’s favorite vampire, Vampirella. The story opens with Ash falling though another time vortex, with his “boom stick” and chainsaw, landing in another period within medieval times, as the people of this land are facing a vampire threat, they have deemed Ash, the “chosen one”. As he is picked as their savior, he stays in the king’s castle, dining with knights, where majority of the first issue takes place and his interaction with them. The action switches when one of the knights is killed mysteriously, which sets up the reader for the other part of this mashup.

Rahner deftly captures Ash’s sarcastic sense of humor within these first few pages, while transporting the reader to a time and place that would be hilariously confused by him. Morales illustrations throughout, exemplifies why he is master at his art.

Overall, it is an intriguing beginning to a comic that sure looks like it will not disappoint.

Story: Mark Rahner Art: Jeff Morales
Story: 10 Art: 8 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review