A new crossover comic series unites the Evil Dead franchise’s chainsaw-wielding hero Ash Williams with legendary rock band KISS. While Ash (Bruce Campbell) began life as a rather meek, reluctantly heroic character in Sam Raimi’s original Evil Dead film, by 1987 sequel Evil Dead II, he had started to mature into the Deadite-slaying badass that fans have come to know and love. His metamorphosis into loudmouth man of action was cemented by 1992’s Army of Darkness, which sent Ash back to the Middle Ages and equipped him with such iconic lines as “Hail to the king, baby” and “Good, bad, I’m the guy with the gun.”
While there was a decades-long gap between Army of Darkness and Campbell’s return to playing Ash onscreen in Starz’s Ash vs Evil Dead TV series, that didn’t stop the Ash character from carving out a storied legacy of adventures in other mediums, including comic books and video games. On the comics page, Ash has done battle with fellow horror icons Freddy and Jason – bringing life to a movie idea that never got off the ground – and even tangled with mad scientist Dr. Herbert West from the Re-Animator series.
According to Bloody Disgusting, Ash’s latest comic book outing will see him encounter the members of KISS, in a new series simply titled KISS Army of Darkness. Issue #1 of the series – written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims, and illustrated by Ruairi Coleman – will arrive in February 2018. The issue comes with three different cover designs for fans to choose from, all of which can be seen below.
As for what KISS Army of Darkness will actually be about, here’s the official synopsis: “KISS is on top of the world and rocking faces until the night disciples of The Destroyer show up and the band disappears. With the tour canceled, a young Ash misses one of the most important events of his life that will change his destiny. Now the Chosen One has to get back on the right path.” Considering what fans know of Ash, it really makes perfect sense that an important milestone in his life would take place at a KISS concert.
While the Ash/KISS crossover is in many ways the weirdest to include the boomstick-loving character to date, horror and hard rock tend to go together quite well. Combining the two genres has led to more than one memorable fright flick, and is also the stock-in-trade of shock rockers like Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper. That said, there’s no reason to expect that Ash and KISS won’t blend just as well.
Source: Bloody Disgusting
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