Army of Darkness (sometimes called Army of Darkness: Movie Adaptation) was a three issue comic book miniseries released by Dark Horse Comics from November, 1992, to October, 1993.
Written by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, with assistance from artist John Bolton, the story is a faithful adaptation of the Army of Darkness film, with many sequences depicted word for word as they were seen in the movie. It was the first comic to be based on the Evil Dead franchise.
Differences From The Film
Not much is different from the Army of Darkness film but there are a few minor changes and scenes that were cut from the final film.
Scenes Based On Deleted Sequences
- When Ash arrives in 1300 A.D. The Wise Man tells Arthur that Ash is The Chosen One. Arthur says that he thinks differently and swipes at Ash, causing a cut. He then proclaims that The Chosen One written of in The Necronomicon does not bleed, and it's likely that he is one of Henry The Red's men. Ash then knocks Arthur off his horse with his chainsaw, but before he can do any more damage, someone with a spiked mace hits him on the back of the head, knocking him out.
- Ash rides over to Henry The Red's territory to ask for his help for the final battle at Arthur's castle.
- The story ends with the alternate ending of the film, where Ash drinks too much of The Wise Man's sleeping potion and wakes up in a post-apocalyptic world.
- While Ash is in the Pit, more than two Deadites are shown to reside there.
- The location of where The Wise Man tells Ash he must retrieve The Necronomicon is different, instead of inside the castle, Ash is taken to ruins of an ancient temple, where all that remains of the building is pillars. When the Deadite woman stirring the cauldron attacks, she knocks over the pillars, causing a domino like effect. This was scene was originally going to be featured in film, even going as far as to have a model of the temple built, but was scrapped for budgetary reasons late into production.
Total Carnage (1993)
Dynamite Re-Release Covers (2012)
- Dark Horse later broke down the three issues into eight small "chapters", and published it in the first eight issues of their United Kingdom-exclusive anthology magazine Total Carnage.
- After their acquisition of the comic rights to Army of Darkness in 2004, Dynamite Entertainment released a remastered trade paperback collection of the miniseries in November of 2006 called Army of Darkness: Movie Adaptation.
- Dynamite would later re-release the series in full as part of the first Army of Darkness Omnibus paperback collection in 2010, then released the original three individual issues digitally in October, 2012.