Written and penciled by Joe Quesada
Written and inked by Jimmy Palmiotti
Event Comics, 1995
Review by L’IndÃ©pendant
Ash is the tale of a New York City firefighter, Ashley Quinn, who, for all intents and purposes, should have died in a fire. However, he wakes in a hospital room, fully healed from being completely burned. Heâ€™s got the problems of a typical mid-20s male â€“ little pay, a woman heâ€™s smitten with, a nagging mother, and a co-worker that doesnâ€™t like him.
He starts to hear voices and have dreams that remind him of his deceased father, and one day discovers that he transforms into an 8-foot tall fire-breathing soldier, of sorts. He fights a woman-turned-monster on a bridge, comes across Gabriel, an angel of judgement, and the Actor, a Shakespeare-quoting villain intent on gaining fame through villainy.
I loved this series when I was a kid. It was fun, and packed a great story and great art by Quesada â€“ which he would then hone on Daredevil with Kevin Smith. Reading it again, it still packs a lot of that same punch. The characters seem derivative of DC superheroes and villains, but are unique enough to be interesting and engaging. Iâ€™ve yet to pick up the Ash: Cinder and Smoke mini-series and Ash: The Fire Within, but I do hope those stories live up to those contained in issues 1-6.
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Posted originally: 2007-05-17 15:01:21