Review: Vampirella/Army of Darkness #1

VampiAOD01-Cov-A-SeeleyTwo iconic legends of the horror genre (Ash from Army of Darkness and Vampirella)  are now facing off in one of the coolest titles coming out this summer from Dynamite publications; Vampirella/Army of Darkness. This story takes place in an almost retcon like universe of The Army of Darkness movie (if you haven’t seen it, shame on you!). Where our reader is introduced to Ash, after he has won the battle against the book of the dead. However, in the retcon like twist Ash is finding himself being put to the test against another great evil the medieval age has to offer; The Unholy Vampire!

Now I don’t want to give too much away because as a horror fan, I really dug this first issue. It was completely written for fans of both Army of Darkness and Vampirella by Mark Rahner. Rahner has written stories for both these characters before in there own separate titles. So, it only makes sense that Dynamite would choose him to write for this title. And what a way to kick it off too. Rahner has definitely set it up for these two horror hero icons to take the genre further in this book. Rahner definitely knows all of Ash’s and Vampirella’s mannerisms and ticks to such a degree, that fans keep coming back to both icon’s respective titles whenever Mark Rahner is writing for them. So I’d say were in for fun ride with this title folks.

The only downside of this book that kind of irked me was the pacing. Some of the pages didn’t flow like a Rahner story normally would when dealing with these two characters. However, it wasn’t so bad that it would kill it for the reader.  Like I said before, it is a good read and a great way to open up this particular story. Just be warned some of the pages will leave you feeling like it was, at times a little rushed to get to the payoff.

Whats a cool plus for this book is the cover done by Tim Seely that plays some quick wit humor with Ash looking like he is wanting to flirt with Vampirella as she is shopping at S-Mart. Which, when looking at both characters is a great cover idea. It allows the reader to get a sense of the dark humor that they will soon read without giving too much away and it pays homage to the some of the best things about both characters (Vampirella the dark seductive vampire hero and Ash the minimum wage store clerk turned horror/action hero).

So in all what do I rate Vampirella/Army of Darkness?

  1. Craptastic
  2. Die Hard Fans Only
  3. Awesome Sauce
  4. Brilliantly Fantastic
  5. Epic…

Awesome Sauce!

Story: Mark Rahner Art: Tim Seely
Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy (if you’re a fan of either Ash or Vampirella)

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review