Ashes 2 Ashes
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|Army of Darkness: Ashes 2 Ashes|
|Publication date||July 2004 - October 2004|
|Number of issues||4|
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Army of Darkness: Ashes 2 Ashes is a four-issue comic book limited series published by Devil's Due Publishing & Dynamite Entertainment (later republished in a trade paperback) that serves as a follow-up to the events of Army of Darkness. The story also sees the return of Ash's possessed severed hand and the Evil Ash.
The story picks up where the third Evil Dead film left off, with the Deadite that shows up in the S-Mart being only a part of the mess that ensued when Ash mis-spoke the words to return to his own time. Ash has instead returned too early, arriving before the time in which he took that fateful trip to the cabin in the woods. With the help of the wise man who has come through time to help him, they both must ensure that the other Ash be taken into the time tunnel, as well as returning the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis to its birthplace so that it may be destroyed.
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- At one point in the story, Ash and the wise man are shown a vision of the future from the book wherein which the forces of the evil dead rule the world. This sight of ruined buildings is a reference to the original ending of Army of Darkness in which Ash wakes up too far into the future. This can also be reflecting the future issue to come, Army of Darkness: From The Ashes.
- When on the airplane, Ash claims to see something on the wing, an obvious reference to the The Twilight Zone story "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet".
- In a demonstration of attention to detail, hanging over the door of the workshed is Freddy Krueger's glove, as it is in Evil Dead II.
Wise man: But what of Linda, trapped in the cabin? She who you've said holds the only cure to your ailment? That which thou calls "beaver fever"?
Ash: We're both good guys here.
Other Ash: Good, bad... I'm the guy with both chainsaws!
Evil Ash: I'm back! Back once again to squash that goody goody Ash-hole once and for all