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Ash Williams is at it again.  The poor guy just can’t catch a break when it comes to the Deadites.  There’s a never ending stream of evil and he’s the one who has to stem the tide.  Dynamite Entertainment has announced a new series starring everyone’s favorite S-Mart employee beginning in June.  Ash vs. The Army of Darkness, co-written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims with art by Mauro Vargas, will debut with an S-Mart Specially Priced $0.99 first issue.  This is the latest in a string of specially priced first issues from Dynamite including Vampirella and Red Sonja.  Here’s the write-up from the publisher:

For 25 years, Ash Williams has been waging a war in film and comics against the Army of Darkness. Now, Dynamite Entertainment is proud to present the next thrilling chapter, kicking off in this special prelude! Ash may be the Chosen One, but that doesn't mean he can hold down a steady job at S-Mart. When he's scrambling for employment, will he find himself once again thrown into battle against the Deadites? Here's a hint: The book ain't called Ash: The Guy With A Regular Job Who Doesn't Battle Against The Forces of Evil.

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"Army of Darkness, and really Sam Raimi's entire filmography, is such a major influence on how we approach storytelling," says co-writer Chad Bowers. "Being turned loose inside that sandbox and having a chance to add to the AOD mythology feels like something we've been working toward for years, and hopefully it reads that way, too. And I dare anybody to tell me Ash Williams isn't the toughest ass-kicker in horror! What he lacks in brains, he more than makes up for by having a chainsaw for a hand. That'll get you a long way in this world!"

"I saw Army of Darkness when I was nine, and I've literally described it as a life-changing experience. It might've been the most influential movie I've ever watched -- in terms of the stories that I like and how much I love smartass everyman heroes that stumble into having to do the right thing -- and almost everything I've written has had a variation on that idea kicking around in it," says co-writer Chris Sims. "One of our big goals whenever we sit down to write a new story is to keep things moving fast enough that nobody has a chance to get bored, and with Ash, escalating those situations was so much fun."

"Chad and Chris bring such vibrant life to their scripts; they translate their own enthusiasm so incredibly to the work, and they are Army of Darkness fans through and through. Teaming them with Mauro Vargas, an exceptional rising star (especially in the realm of hardcore horror), will ensure that longtime fans and curious newcomers are more than satisfied!" says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. "Celebrating AOD's anniversary with a 99-cent introductory-priced #0 issue is a great way for our retail partners to welcome as many customers as possible to the world of Ash Vs. The Army of Darkness with minimal risk. Put copies on your store shelves and watch as impulse buys ensue -- Ash is back, and we couldn't be happier!"

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Of course, there will be variant covers galore for this book.  There are five altogether, plus the standard cover by Nick Bradshaw.  Three “Sneak Peek” variant editions are drawn by Reilly Brown, Mauro Vargas, and Pasquale Qualano, a “Blood Red” line art edition also from Bradshaw, and a J. Scott Campbell “13th Anniversary Flashback” cover re-presenting the very first Army of Darkness comic book cover when Dynamite launched it in 2004.

Look for Ash vs. The Army of Darkness at your local comic shop or digitally through ComiXology in June 2017.

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James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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