If you’ve got horror comic fans at your library, they might want to check out Army of Darkness, 1979.

Just when Ash is getting his life back together, the Necronomicon finds him again and he’s sent through the vortex to 1979 New York City – and MAN, he doesn’t like that. He still remembers why he left the first time!

The comic recreates all the deadpan humor from the movie that I remember watching over and over in 1992, but you don’t need to know anything about Ash or the Necronomicon—the comic catches you up and is a complete story arc. The comic’s pacing doesn’t have the magic of the 1992 movie, though. Or maybe I’m just old now? What it IS, is really splattery. I mean REALLY splattery. More than the old movie EVER was. Ash is introduced to a non-stop parade of increasingly comical and very diverse gangs who fight for the right to be the ultimate power in NYC. Unknown to most of them, the Necronomicon has adopted one gang member leader, who can turn them all into instant goop in a word!

There are lots of funny late seventies “in-jokes” folded into these pages that only someone my age will get – so, is the comic written for the adult market? I’m not completely sure. Certainly, no teen or pre-teen who enjoys this kind of splatter-fest can afford the prices I saw quoted on Amazon. BUT Ash still has his arm chainsaw, a wicked sense of timing, and the ability to unify all the gangs into one final assault on the wicked gang leader and his followers. What will the Necronomicon do next?

Asking if there is objectification of women in this comic is missing the entire reason a comic like this exists, but one skimpily dressed woman gang member and the constant blood and death storyline place this comic firmly in the adult collection. It’s an optional purchase.

This title comprises the  mini-series #1-5 from Dynamite Comics.

Army of Darkness 1979 Vol.
By Rodney Barnes
Art by  Tom Garcia
Dynamite, 2022
ISBN: 9781524121525

NFNT Age Recommendation: Adult (18+)

  • Jen

    | She/her Public Librarian

    Reviewer

    Jen Stutesman is a public library Branch Manager in southeastern Washington State. Before that, she was an academic librarian for 20 years, and started a graphic novel collection in her community college library. Being a public librarian is much more fun!

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