Dynamite Hails To The King With Special, Double-Sized Army Of Darkness #1992.1
This November, Dynamite Entertainment is releasing a special commemorative square-bound edition of ARMY OF DARKNESS #1992.1, an issue that will celebrate the year of the original films release. The book will feature short stories featuring cult hero Ash Williams scripted by such past writers of the series including Steve Niles, Elliot Serrano, James Khoric, and Mike Raicht.
Writing Army of Darkness for the first time will be the esteemed writer and master horror story-telling Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun, Night of the Living Deadpool), setting up Ash for his next adventure. It turns out that Bunn and Army of Darkness go way back. I had a chance to correspond with Bunn earlier this evening who shared the following:
“Not to get to geeky on you, but I saw that movie while I was living in Springfield, MO. Around that time, I was playing in a weekly Dungeons and Dragons game (because when you’re broke, just about the only thing you can afford to do is get together with your friends and roll dice). I watched Army of Darkness a couple of times the week it came out (because, even when you’re broke, that movie was worth it). That week, there was this ice storm that kept almost all the players away from the gaming table. I braved the weather, along with two other guys. That night, the DM (Dungeon Master) sort of ad-libbed an adventure that might as well have been in Sam Raimi’s universe, with over the top action, demonic presences threatening to swallow souls, comical ultra-violence, and a couple of primitive screw head players quoting Ash. To this day, maybe one of the best weeks ever, definitely Top 10 for me.”
“So, going into this project, I hope to capture even a fraction of the fun and excitement Army of Darkness has brought to me over the years. With this story, we’re taking Ash into uncharted territory, but the tone will be 100% Army of Darkness. The short story will serve as a quick prologue to the adventures to come.”
As Senior Editor Joseph Rybandt says, “Army of Darkness will always have a special place in our collective hearts, as ten years ago, it was our very first title. We’ve thrown everything at Ash in the interim, but we’re throwing him into space next. And it all starts here.”
Army of Darkness #1992.1 celebrates the history of Dynamite’s publishing by inviting many of its most notable writers to contribute short vignettes. Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) is the most recent contributor to the saga, with tales of medieval terror in Ash and the Army of Darkness and Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched. Elliott Seranno contributed such story arcs as “Hail to the Queen, Baby” and “The King is Dead.” James Kuhoric (Six Million Dollar Man: Season 6) wrote some of the earliest Dynamite adventures, including “Shop ‘Til You Drop Dead” and “Army of Darkness Vs. Reanimator.” Mike Raicht (Dark Shadows) contributed the storylines “Hellbillies and Deadnecks” and “Home Sweet Hell.”
“I’m proud to be a part of this incredible celebration, but truth be told, they couldn’t have done it without me,” says Ashley J. Williams, star of the movie and comics. “When they suggested the #1992.1 comic, I said, ‘Why, that’s the highest numbered comic of all time. That sounds great!’ They stated that another company had done a #One Million, and shotgun in hand, I explained to them how that was a stunt and this is the real deal, so all I can say is… buy it! You’ll love it.”
“What better way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dynamite than with an incredible oversized Army of Darkness story,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “This special is in time for our 10th anniversary and serves as a holiday present to our fans! Comics and movie fans alike will not want to miss this issue.”
Army of Darkness is a 1992 fantasy/comedy film with strong horror elements starring Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice) and Embeth Davidtz, the third installment in a trilogy featuring reluctant hero Ash Williams. Directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man), the film saw its tough-as-nails, wise-cracking protagonist transported from the modern era to the Dark Ages in his continuing war against demonic evil. Army of Darkness generated a dedicated fan following for its premise and lead actor.
Army of Darkness #1992.1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ September Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in November. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Army of Darkness #1992.1 with their local comic book retailers. Army of Darkness #1992.1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.
About Dynamite Entertainment:
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high-profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.
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