Bloosusan reviews Danger Girl and the Army of Darkness!
Credits & Solicit Info:
DANGER GIRL AND THE ARMY OF DARKNESS #1
32 pages FC • $3.99 • Teen +
Written by ANDY HARTNELL
Art by CHRIS BOLSON
Covers by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL (main), PAUL RENAUD (1-in-10) , NICK BRADSHAW (1-in-15)
"Black & White" Retailer incentive cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
"Black & White" Retailer incentive cover by PAUL RENAUD
"Dangerous Red" Retailer incentive cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
Abbey Chase, the world's most daring adventuress, returns to action as she aims to recover a dark and mysterious piece of ancient history. When Abbey learns that the elusive Book of the Dead has resurfaced and fallen into nefarious hands, she and the Danger Girls embark on a mission to track down the powerful tome. But when their journey leads them to cross paths with another seeking the book - a man with a personal vendetta and a literal hand in the book's sordid history - they find themselves spiraling through the most outrageous and sure-to-be-talked-about cross-over event of the year!
My first thought when I heard Danger Girl and the Army of Darkness was coming was, "Heck. Yes." After reading the book, I feel no differently. This book was so much fun, and I cannot wait to dive back into two things I really love. To give a little bit of a history lesson here, Danger Girl was a series created by J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell. It ran from 1998 to 2001 and followed a group of female spies. The original series was a lot of fun and I had a ton of fun reading about these girls. Combine that with a plot line that involves the classic horror film, Army of Darkness, and this is a recipe for a book that I thought I would love – and love it I did.
Abbey Chase is an amazing character and the perfect lead for this series, funny and kick-ass. I enjoy her strong attitude and her ability to walk the line between bossy and bitchy, never falling too far into one category or the other. Following her voice through the action sequences brought the perfect amount of humor to add to the explosions happening all around her. All this for an amulet? Hardly! I like that the plot turned in a different direction than I expected from a small, campy book like this. I don't know that any of the other members of Danger Girl will show up, but I look forward to if and when they do. The only criticism I will make is that I felt too much time was spent with back story and girl talk. I would have liked to see more of Abbey's mission, or at least not have had so many long breaks between the action sequences.
The only spoiler I will mention is to not let the cover fool you. Bruce Campbell's Ash is not in this first issue. This is simply set up for a mission to find him. When the page from Necronomicon Ex-Mortis morphed into an image of Ash's face, I nearly died! I think that Abbey Chase is going to be a great counterpart to Ash's dry, matter of fact attitude. Having them work together is just a fun idea. I'm happy that this crossover exists, and I'm so excited for the next issue.
Review by: Bloosusan
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