Once again we follow our dauntless protagonist Ash IN TO SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE on our way to concluding this story. While the last issue felt more in tone with the AOD world this one feels like little more than filler. Ash’s voice is still there and everything feels more or less in character but this issue just feels a little… I don’t know… less. The story just rushes by as Ash, in his homemade mech suit, confronts Evil Ash over the fate of the Deadite satellite. Ash makes short work of Evil Ash’s henchmen and then takes out the big bad, the guy with the Necronomicon in his chest, with little to no effort. Just yanks it out like a stubborn nose hair and leaves Evil Ash down for the count. For the manifestation of evil Deadite strength he went down pretty easy.
The story rushes to what I assume they thought was their big finale because all that rushing slows to molasses when Ash actually gets the book and tries to send them all back. Then they really take their time and focus on Ash and his narration, they take the time to look around the space station and let you really absorb the moment. It would be less jarring if the pacing was consistent and we didn’t arrive at the moment at break neck speed. If they had taken some time in the final fight as well, this moment wouldn’t feel so out of place. I get what they were trying to do and to an extent they succeed. They want to build to a particular moment, before you can banish the Deadites you must first make flesh their incarnation of evil. In Evil Dead 2 that took the form of the woods themselves coming to life. Here it is the Deadite satellite coming to life and launching itself.
This is by no means a bad story but I could have easily given it a 2. It gets the extra point by being Army of Darkness related and understanding Ash as a character. I look forward to seeing how this concludes, maybe they’ve got a strong finish up their sleeves and since you can’t really just skip this issue if you have invested in the mini-series then you have to read this. If you haven’t invested in the mini-series then you might want to wait until you can get the whole thing together, it’s combined strength will more than make up for this weak issue.