Paul talks comics and movies in this week’s guest contribution.
Hello everybody out there in the Geek-verse. I’m back again to share more insight and opinion with you. Hopefully you read my first article entry to this site a few weeks ago and you know a little about me from that. In case you missed it, please feel free to check back on that. You can also find and contact me on Twitter @paultstevenson & Instagram @paultstevenson or feel free to email me any questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The comic arc I’ll be reviewing this week is from Dynamite Entertainment. It is volume four of Army of Darkness which includes comic issues #1-5. It’s written by Cullen Bunn who has been on a rampaging path of destruction lately and just absolutely crushing everything he works on. He’s become the kind of writer that will make me give an unknown comic a chance if it has his name attached to it. The art is by Larry Watts, who is relatively new to the comic book world but his style is sharp, clean, has great panel transitions and definitely fits the style that many of Dynamite’s titles has. This creative team certainly does justice to an iconic name like “Army of Darkness.”
This story takes place primarily in outer space, which we all know that previous attempts of the horror genres to displace characters in space usually does not turn out well (Jason X, Leprechaun 4, etc.). However this is definitely not this case here. I will admit I was skeptical when I first started to realize that Ash was chasing after the Necronomicon (the book of the dead) in space, but I kept an open mind. The plot centers around the Necronomicon potentially at risk of infecting a communications satellite which would unleash the wrath of the Deadite army all over the planet, and ultimately lead to the end of all life and bring upon Hell on Earth. Ash encounters 3 lovely women on a space station whom are tasked with helping him fight the Deadites and recover the book. The signature personality, humor and charm of the Ash we all know and love are fully on display and are very well portrayed. I won’t give away too much more but this series has plenty of action, gore and humor, as well as a touch of Ash’s brand of romance. I say that it’s an absolute winner that I loved. Issues 1-5 are already out and the TPB form will be available soon or may be already available as well so I highly recommend buying it.
Another thing I’d like to do with each of these articles is to suggest something else besides a comic series that I really enjoyed. In addition to comic books, I’m hugely interested in movies, TV, and action figures. I thought this would be a good opportunity to recommend something else that really piques my current interests.
My secondary suggestion this week is the movie, Everly. This movie was just released this year. It stars Salma Hayek and is directed and co-written by one of my favorite up and coming film-makers, Joe Lynch. The story is about Salma Hayek’s character, Everly, who is an enslaved concubine to a Yakuza boss. He discovers her plot to betray him so he sends his men to her apartment to punish and abuse her. The movie begins right as the despicable acts have finished so the audience is spared the uncomfortable torture and sexual abuse visuals but it is implied throughout, which makes it disturbing yet powerful. At this point she is pushed too far, gets a stolen gun which she previously hid, fights back by killing them and spends the rest of the movie in this room defending herself from round after round of Yakuza men and assassins. This movie is rated R, it is full of action, violence and intensity, yet there’s a human interest story that’s well carried throughout. The cinematography is fantastic and the pace is very well maintained. This would fall somewhere between a horror/revenge and action movie. Anyways its definitely worth your time.
That’s it for this time, I hope you have enjoyed my ramblings so far and I am already working up an idea for my next one. Thanks everyone. Please comment or let me know if you like anything I have written about. It would be great to hear that something I reviewed is then enjoyed by any of you.