Comic Book Review: Ash Vs. The Army of Darkness #3

Title: Ash Vs. The Army of Darkness #3
Publisher: Dynamite
Words: Chad Bowers & Chris Sims
Art: Mauro Vargas
Colors: Triona Farrell
Letters: Tom Napolitano
Publication Date: September 13, 2017
Publisher’s Summary: “With the Chosen One and his students trapped inside of a possessed school out to kill them, they may need a little help from some unknown allies. It looks like it’s time for Ash to get S.M.A.R.T.!”
Story:

Ash Vs. The Army of Darkness #3 begins by transporting readers back to the Middle Ages, and in doing so, providing some background information on the S.M.A.R.T organization. And as much as I am not a fan of comics that start off with a large unloading of information, S.M.A.R.T.’s story is an interesting one that works well with the bigger picture.

After this, there isn’t a whole lot going on. The story progresses, yes, but it isn’t until the last page of the book that it progresses in a way that is interesting.

If it S.M.A.R.T.’s story wasn’t as interesting as it is, this book would be skippable. Issue #3 lacks the meat of its predecessors but sets the stage well for future issues.

Writing:

The overall quality of storytelling remains strong and appealing for long-time fans of Ash and the Deadites. There is a laughable exchange that takes place between Ash and one S.M.A.R.T member in particular that is worth keeping an eye out for.

I didn’t laugh while reading through this book nearly as much as I did with the first two issues, but the script kept me entertained enough to not complain.

Artwork:

Mauro Vargas’ style, as I’ve said previously, fits well with the scripts that Bowers and Sims manage to conjure up. Typically, I prefer some more detail than what we see in Ash Vs. The Army of Darkness #3, but again, the art works well with the script.

Particularly to this issue, I appreciate Vargas’ illustrations of the Medieval Ages—and beyond—that are used in the beginning of the book.

The Bottom Line:

Ash Vs. The Army of Darkness #3 is a book that is worth purchasing, but, isn’t a must-have, and ultimately falls short when compared to its predecessors. Still, despite falling short, Ash Vs. The Army of Darkness #3 is a decent read. Fans won’t mind this one, and while it is a solid jumping on point, I would recommend that newcomers suck it up and start at the beginning.

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Score
8
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