There is a big push right now for anything Evil Dead or Army of Darkness. Being that we are heading towards Halloween this weekend and Ash vs Evil Dead premieres on Starz as well, it makes sense. Heck, both Humble Bundle and comiXology are featuring Army of Darkness from Dynamite Entertainment as we speak.
To go with it, Dynamite has asked some of their creators about their time on the series and of working on the iconic Ash Williams. Things kick off with Michael Moreci. Cover art by Robert Hack.
Michael Moreci: I watched all the Evil Dead movies in my friend Sam's basement when we were 15 years old. It was a revelation—like Jack Black said, perfectly, in High Fidelity: "They're so funny and violent." It was a strange experience, because Evil Dead 1 and 2 are so similar, then along comes Army of Darkness, and it's this entirely different, and amazing, thing. It's been with me since, I can't even tell you how many times I've watched that movie and loving it more every time.
Dynamite: Is there a big-bad in comics, even outside the Dynamite realms, you would like to pit Ash against, and how would that go?
MM: I think Ash vs. Darth Vader would be all kinds of amazing.
Dynamite: What is the greatest challenge in writing AoD?
MM: I think there're two things. The first is getting Ash's voice right, because it's so unique and specific. Also, there's the mixing of horror and humor. It's not really parody, but it's not slapstick either, not totally. It's a mix of a lot of things, all done really well, with a unique Ash spin on it.
Dynamite: Michael, when handling a character like Ash, from where did you draw your inspiration: the comics, the movies, other media?
MM: Mainly the movies—that's the purest dose. Everything that's come since, we're all just trying to capture that magic of all the Evil Dead movies. It's a pretty great thing to aspire towards!