Title: Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep #1
Words: Scott Duvall
Art: Vincenzo Federici
Publication Date: February 13, 2019
Publisher’s Summary:Two cult classics clash for the first time in an epic crossover miniseries: ARMY OF DARKNESS VS. BUBBA HO-TEP. 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? Join the adventure in a road-tripping, time-hopping groovy tale!
Hail to the King baby; Ashley Joanna Williams is back to scraping soul-sucking deadite scum from the surface of this world, and this time around, he’s getting some help from the man who inspired him to be so damn groovy: Elvis.
Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep #1 immediately immerses readers in a nightmarish world where only a man with a chainsaw for a hand can keep them safe from having their souls swallowed whole by crazed, undead deviants. The fist page of this issue not only gives readers a taste of what’s to come, but it also builds momentum and generates a great deal of intrigue; and, as the plot continues to unfold, none of said momentum is lost. Thus, Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep #1 is a damn-good debut issue.
Scott Duvall captures the essence of what makes both cult classics great, and, in doing so, presents readers with an authentically voiced Ash, which, as we know, is the reason why we keep coming back; Ash’s attitude and one-liners are what make, or break, anything that the character is part of, and thankfully, here in Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep #1, Duvall showcases his love for the character and let’s readers know that there is no reason to be concerned; Ash is in good hands.
Aside from his expert handling of both characters, Duvall’s script is humorous and well-paced and although the one-liners lighten the mood quite a bit, the story retains its seriousness and intensity.
Vincenzo Federici’s illustrations are stunning; his expressions are telling, and, when the shit hits the fan, following character movements is effortless.
The combination of Duvall’s humorous, well-paced script, and Federici’s expressive illustrations makes for a highly-entertaining reading experience that transports readers to a groovy, although, at times, nightmarish, time and place. Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep #1 is a must-read.
The Bottom Line:
Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep #1 is humorous and exciting and oh-so-groovy; fans of both cult franchises rejoice, Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep is not to be missed.