5 Reasons To Get ‘Army Of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep’ #1!

Scott Duvall, Army Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep #1, Dynamite

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An epic crossover event, Army Of Darkness vs. Bubba Ho-Tep #1 (Dynamite Entertainment and IDW Publishing) captures two horror icons, full of “burning love,” at their grooviest. Get ready to “Jailhouse Rock” as two cult classics clash for the first time ever!

Ash embarks on a soul-searching road trip to Texas on a hunch that Elvis Presley may still be alive and kicking (and supposedly vanquished a mummy)! What follows is a series of universe-spanning events that involve an Elvis jumpsuit with special time-travel abilities, a trip to 70’s Vegas, plus the reveal of an evil new Book of the Dead, the Necronomicon Ho-Tep. Has Ash met his ultimate match when trading barbs with a 4,000-year-old, foul-mouthed mummy who sucks souls? Can his idol Elvis mentor him through a mid-life crisis before it becomes his final crisis? 

5) The History!

From Evil Dead, Ash witnessed his only friends become possessed by demons. After living at a retirement home in Bubba Ho-Tep, Elvis Presley found himself too old to fight against an ancient evil Mummy. Together, they will reluctantly discover they have more in common than expected.

4) The Writing!

Writer Scott Duvall focuses the narrative on two lead protagonists, who are traumatized by their supernatural events. Duvall emulates the witty banter and echoes the themes of mortality from  Joe R. Lansdale’s novella. More of a stoic anti-hero, Ash realizes he is on the verge of saying good-bye to his prime days. Letterer Taylor Esposito does a great job highlighting certain words to emphasize the two distinct personalities. 

3) The Artwork!

Capturing a cinematic style, artist Vincenzo Federici illustrates the visual references from both horror flicks. The world’s crappiest car ever, from Evil Dead, is drawn in a gritty and beaten-down flair. Trapped forever in the past, Elvis relives his own nostalgia with his classic white jumpsuit. Federici captures a hyper-stylish action sequence with kung-fu kicks and flips. 

2) The Colors!

 I love the purple lighting from Michele Monte’s vibrant colors. There’s a new twist to  director Sam Rami’s deadite POV shot, which I really enjoyed. The sound effects and camera lens change color as the POV shot moves from one location to another. 

1) A Fantastic Read!

A fun marriage of character study and imaginative horror jumps, Army Of Darkness vs. Bubba Ho-Tep #1 manages to be scary and poignant at the same time. Army Of Darkness vs. Bubba Ho-Tep manages to capture the cinematic flair and style of both horror franchises. 

Army Of Darkness vs. Bubba Ho-Tep #1 arrives in stores February 13th, 2019.

By Jorge Solis

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