A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Ashin' in Dynamite's Army of Darkness / Bubba Ho-Tep

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Army of Darkness - Bubba Ho-tep 1

Scott Duvall's title for this comic issue's story was so perfect, I had to steal it for the headline on this review.

ARMY OF DARKNESS / BUBBA HO-TEP is a Bruce Campbell fan's dream come true. Ash, upon reading of sightings and events about Elvis fighting some mummy, decides to head for East Texas and a retirement home where he expects to find The King. Of course nobody there is quite obliging to help him, except for an old fellow named Dillinger who escorts him to a somewhat rundown home occupied by none other than Elvis Aron Presley himself.

But as much as Ash wanted to find Elvis, even he is sceptical, and ends up getting into a fight with the karate-chopping singer while they engage in a trivia-competition about Elvis history -- which, of course, Elvis wins.

But as all this takes place, a ghoulish entity has been clawing its way out of the grave, crashing the meetup of legends with a singular goal in mind: taking possession of Elvis's iconic white and jeweled pharaoh suit! Why? We don't know, and we don't care. It's fun, it's action-packed, and it leaves on a cliffhanger that takes Ash through a portal chasing the creature -- and dropping him in Las Vegas, or a version of it, at least.

Vincenzo Federici's artwork is perfect for this kind of storytelling, and Duvall's tale is engaging and a total hoot! And at $3.99, this miniseries kickoff is an easy recommendation.

Wise men say to rush in and get this one from your local comics shop, fool!

Grade: 
4.5 / 5.0