Title: Ash Vs. The Army of Darkness #3
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.!”
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.
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.
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.