When something is funny, exciting, interesting and looks great, what’s to stop you from consuming it as quickly as possible? No, I’m not talking about cupcakes, I’m talking about Army of Darkness! Horror aficionado Steve Niles writes and Nacho Tenorio draws, but is it good?
Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #2 (Dynamite Entertainment)
I wouldn’t say this issue is funnier than the last, but it’s still quite good at pacing, excitement and plot twists. It’s a classic example of the creators not holding back and plotting out the issues effectively. Last issue ended with Ash, his girl and his fellow wizard coming upon an army of the undead. Figures. This issue opens in the thick of things as they take them on. Considering how easy it is for them there isn’t much threat to the characters. That said, there’s a reason, but I won’t spoil it here.
That’s a lot of undead.
This issue really hammers home Ash’s joy of killing the undead. His character is having a grand old time and it’s fun to ride along with him. His wizard friend gets an interesting scene where he interrogates some of the undead, and in a surprising turn of events they’re asked what they’d like to do with them. It’s like Niles wanted to give the heroes as heroic a reason to kill with impunity as possible. The more important thing is that every character gets a moment, to either affect the plot or show a little color.
That is one powerful chainsaw.
The art once again looks great, and considering most of the battles are done in close quarters it’s an impressive feat by Tenorio to keep things understandable and interesting. His layouts, and the pacing because of them, make sense for every scene. The action is done with edgy panels that spill into each other, but when things get quiet the progression is articulate and paced well.
Never thinks things through!
Is It Good?
There’s a lot of fun to be had in this issue, and while it wasn’t as perfect is the first issue, it keeps the fun and action ramped up. It’s definitely a plot progression sort of issue, but that’s okay.