Not a dream, not an imaginary tale (well kinda) – Army of Darkness’ Ash is meeting Elvis from Bubba Ho-Tep! All because of a new book of the dead.
Campbell times two
Well this is interesting. Not unheard of, but interesting. Two of actor Bruce Campbell’s best loved roles are crossing over. That’s right, Army of Darkness is meeting Bubba Ho-Tep, from Dynamite Comics. Ash and Elvis, teaming up against evil, with an Egyptian motif taking the place of the usual Deadites? Yeah I’m pretty much sold on that.
In Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep, Ash embarks on a soul-searching road trip to Texas on a hunch that Elvis Presley may still be alive and kicking (and supposedly vanquished a mummy)! What follows is a series of universe-spanning events that involve an Elvis jumpsuit with special time-travel abilities, a trip to 70’s Vegas, plus the reveal of an evil new Book of the Dead, the Necronomicon Ho-Tep.
Writer Scott Duvall will be teaming with artist Vincenzo Federici for this new book. It kind of sounds like it might be an ongoing too, which is interesting. Usually for something like this, I’df have expect a mini-series or something. But it seems like it’s left wide open here. That could mean that Dynamite is going to see how it does before seeing where it’s going to go.
Continuing or not, the first issue is set for release this coming January, and can be preordered come December.
Here’s a bit from the creative team on the book:
“Being a huge fan of the character of Ash, and by extension, actor Bruce Campbell, I was instantly drawn to the movie Bubba Ho-Tep, based on an original story by the great Joe R. Lansdale, and starring Campbell as Elvis. Immediately upon release, I added it to my DVD collection, and I would group it with Army of Darkness because it felt like a companion piece to it,” said author Scott Duvall. “Often viewing them in close succession, I knew the Ash and Elvis team-up would go together like peanut butter and banana. These two worlds already fit so well together in tone, it made it totally plausible that they could co-exist on the same plane. Wanting to see what it would be like if Ash and Elvis interact is a big part of what sparked this, and so I’m thrilled we’ll get to finally see that in these pages. ”
Bubba Ho-Tep creator and author Joe R. Lansdale added, “Script and artist for the first issue of Army of Darkness vs Bubba Ho-tep are as delicious as a fried peanut butter and ‘nanner sandwich. I’m as excited as if I had good sense and owned Ft. Knox. Can’t wait.”