Thursday, October 21, 2021

Andy Richardson:

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Escape of the Living Dead Fearbook + Darkman vs. Army of Darkness

ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD FEARBOOK

If publishers aren’t careful, there will be more zombie undead in the world of comics than actual living, breathing people. In this latest spin on the world of zombies, a happy young pair of flower children in 1960s Pennsylvania are living the good life. One thing leads to another and they end up dead, but of course, that’s not the end of the story. Shortly thereafter one of them wakes up, exacts his revenge on his killers—and then things get even tougher for him. It seems a medical research facility is looking for him…

This grisly (natch) and horrifying little tale is written and drawn by Mike Wolfer, who apparently thinks no scene of a zombie eating a human is too unpleasant to draw. The title features several variant covers.

DARKMAN VS. ARMY OF DARKNESS

Sam Raimi was the creator behind both the Darkman and Army of Darkness films, so once both properties had made the leap into the world of comics, a crossover was probably inevitable. In this series, the vigilante known as Darkman strives to protect the woman he used to love, a task that becomes more difficult when “The Book of the Dead” turns up. Suddenly an army of undead zombies walks the city, and when that happens, can Ash—the man with the metal hand—be far behind? Not surprisingly, he and Darkman do not immediately become fast friends.

The comic, like the films, is both grisly and humorous, and the character renditions are faithful. Issues include variant covers, including a photo cover of Bruce Campbell. Well-known writers Kurt Busiek and Roger Stern and artist James Fry take on the project; could be that they’re Raimi fans.

Andy Richardson is a freelance writer and editor who has been reading and writing about comics for far longer than he can believe at this point. Andy can be reached via e-mail at richardsonag@earthlink.net. Please use “ComicBase” as your subject line.

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