Dynamite Entertainment 2017
Written by Chris Sims & Chad Bowers
Illustrated by Mauro Vargas
Coloured by Triona Farrell
Lettered by Tom Napolitano
Ash may be the Chosen One, but that doesn’t mean he can hold down a steady job. But when he’s scrambling for employment, will he find himself once again thrown into battle against the Deadites?
Well Ash is back for a new adventure being pulled into the war with the Deadites. The zero issue is a sixteen page preview of the upcoming story. Also it does a great job in bringing you up to speed where in the timeline this story fits. Also I have to make note that if you’ve seen the television show you are going to enjoy this as well in a short amount of time the boys have managed to convey the same sense of humour and storytelling here.
Also keep your eye out for Mauro and Triona’s work on the interiors here. It’s fun whimsical and incredibly expressive. I love the little touches in the two page spread, how the page layouts are done and the utilisation of angles and perspective. Personally I would like to see more backgrounds I think they’ve increasingly become a lost art. Still the way they kind of use the classic comic book style and mix in some of the more animated style to create a nice blend keeps the character looking familiar but malleable at the same time.
I like the idea that Ash isn’t able to hold a real job, he’s been through too much and is always looking over his shoulder to do that. Plus he’s a constant target so those whom he works will will always be targets. Then again S-Mart is one of those stores that just screams to be his safe haven and place where co-workers keep turning into Deadites and come after him. Though if he didn’t have a job opening one like we see this issue wouldn’t have opened up like it did showing us he’s what we like to call a lucky loser.
I haven’t really followed a lot of Ash’s story arcs before. Sure i’ve watched the movies and the first season of the show, now with cable again I can’t wait to dive back in, but reading nope can’t say that I have. If this is what i’ve been missing than shame on me, and if you haven't either then follow me to this one. There’s a fun and whimsy here that mixes with the horror to create that perfect storm that is classic Evil Dead.