Ash faces off with an assortment of notorious horror icons in his “comic-verses”. He’s fought against Freddy and Jason, and the entire Marvel’s Zombies universe, but he has yet to confront his rival of the accolade “king”: Elvis Presley. In a stellar crossover brought to us by Dynamite comics and publisher IDW, Evil Dead/Army of Darkness’s deadite exterminator, Ash Williams, will finally meet Bubba Ho-Tep’s mummy slaying Elvis Presley in Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep.
Written by Scott Duvall (Narcopolis: Continuum) with art by Vincenzo Federici (The Kabuki Fight), Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep starts off following Ash Williams, who picks up a lead that the jail-house Rockstar himself may still be alive and kicking, which sends our chainsaw wielding paragon down to Texas. Along the way, Ash is sent back in time (ala Army of Darkness style) by an Elvis style jumpsuit equipped with the ability to time travel, landing him in 1970’s Las Vegas during the prime of Elvis’s career. As insane as that all sounds, the story gets even crazier when we find out that there’s a new Necronomicon: the Necronomicon Ho-Tep.
Duvall’s inspiration for creating this fan’s dream cross-over came from his love for Bruce Campbell’s roles as both Ash and Elvis. Considering the charisma and ego’s of both characters, along with their experiences combating the undead, Duvall felt it was inveitable that the two would collide in a crossover for the ages in Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep. Writer Duvall also mentioned that since the two are so similar in behavior and the monsters they fight, it seemed plausible they could cross-over due to their probability of existing in the same universe.
Comic book publisher IDW has also added fuel to the fire in this cross-over’s creation with their release of Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers earlier this year. IDW’s Ho-Tep series is set to be 5 issues, with the final release due in November 2018.
Concerning Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep, it has not been disclosed on how many issues will be written, but the first issue’s release is scheduled for February 2019. To get your fix on chainsaw wielding heroes and the occult until then, you should absolutely check out the Blu-ray release of Mandy!
Source: Dynamite comics