Knights of the Realm: Ash and the Army of Darkness #5

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As Ash and the Army of Darkness #5 begins, it seems Ash will never really be king of the realm he keeps saving. The real King and his son prepare to fight a battle against the Army of Darkness, only to be overrun by the army itself before they can even leave the gates. Ash, meanwhile, is working to bring the Necronomicon back to the castle and help stop the army first hand. This is made difficult by a giant humanoid creature with broken speech patterns and the desire to swallow Ash’s soul. Chasing after Ash and his ride, the creature seems unstoppable; even with a chainsaw embedded in its forehead. The two must return to the castle and save the day, before the actual King is entirely overtaken.

Steve Niles handles the reigns on this story beautifully, even with the campy nature of the story. True to his style, the story is darker than past issues of Army of Darkness, but just as punchy. I particularly enjoyed Ash’s desire to go back and get his chainsaw, even after saving the day. Dennis Calero keeps the creepy feel of the story alive with his artwork, employing a great deal of shading and dark colors. The art is stark and features many shadowy figures.

Ash and the Army of Darkness #5 continues the story of our smart aleck champion and his quest to return home, become the king, whatever he seems to feel like doing during that issue. This is a campy series with some pretty fine writers picking up steam.

 

Ash and the Army of Darkness #5 is now available from Dynamite Press.

 

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