Monday, August 2, 2010

Army of Darkness: The Comic Adaptation of the Movie

Well this should be a rather quick review. If you've seen the movie, there's not much incentive to read the comic. It does serve as a refresher course, and the artwork is certainly interesting. I would best describe it as photo realistic, with only the Deadites having any real change, appearing more monstrous. The story is pretty much just a streamlined version of the movie, with a few scenes removed or abridged, but with at least two added. It does seem to be take itself more seriously than the movie it was based on. Gone are the goofy one liners and jokes, replaced with scenes that are more violent than the movie's, which I don't really feel deserves the R rating it has, and a running commentary from Ash. The major continuity difference is the ending, which uses the alternate Rip Van Winkle ending. Unfortunately this of course renders it out of canon with the rest of the stories here, so the only real explanation I can think of why they included it was for completions sake. Though it is based on an early screenplay by Sam Raimi. So it really comes down to whether or not you feel like watching the movie again on if you should read this one. I say go for it, just to get a look at the artwork and to compare it with the movie.
While we're on the subject, quick question, if Bad Ash started on the right side, why doesn't he have the metal hand? Oh well, c'est la vie.

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