KISS/ARMY OF DARKNESS #2 (OF 5)
CHAD BOWERS AND CHRIS SIMS
TIMOTHY C. BROWN
ON SALE DATE: 3/28
Ash Williams is late to the party. And by party, we mean traveling back in time to fight the Army of Darkness. Things look pretty bleak for the Chosen One until he finds out he has some new allies…the rock’n’roll warriors known as KISS!
Kiss and Evil Dead (or I guess technically Army of Darkness) have different pedigrees when it comes to their stories and adaptations and for me that colors my expectations and enjoyment of this comic.
The biggest issue is right now Ash Vs Evil Dead is on it’s 3rd Season on Stars and it’s so much fun in it’s crude and gory way.
That means the bar is raised high for the comic to capture that same sort of bloody humor that is still a mainstay of the core Evil Dead story, but in that it falls woefully short. It’s not very scary or cross at all and the best it can do is with humor is recycle some of the past humor from Evil Dead/Army of Darkness. I may be a tad harsh because the current premium cable show has a lot more leeway than a comic has, but still the comic isn’t even trying to push any limits. It’s all very safe and bland.
Now for KISS, I am always reminded of KISS Meets The Phantom of the Park
Now that is not fair either because it’s an old hokey movie from the 70s but for me I think it explains in a nutshell they lack of depth the backstory and concept of KISS is. Now you could have a lot of fun with such a silly concept, but it takes a little bit finesse than what is brought to the comic.
Now the art is fine and does its job well. It works well with the action and makes everything clear and crisp.
Overall my issue is that both the KISS and the Ash/Evil Dead/Army of Darkness comics I have come across are all bland and simple, so for me there is a bit of fatigue that it’s after all these different versions there hasn’t been one that has really tapped into the source material and made something fun and exciting.
I give this comic 2.5 out of 5 because while it’s a serviceable comic, there isn’t anything really out side of big fans of Kiss and Army of Darkness.
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