I finally read: Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash
Worthy of a read based entirely on concept alone: a sequel to Freddy vs. Jason, with a bit of Army of Darkness thrown in. This comic’s contents could consist of someone wiping their ass with sandpaper and you would still take a look.
Thankfully, the interior is often as entertaining as the cover.
If you are looking for a review of the overall plot, or character development, then perhaps you don’t quite know what this is. It is a comic book based sequel to a slasher flick starring Freddy “I kill you in your nightmares” Krueger, Jason “I don’t talk, but I’ll cut you” Voorhees, and Ash “more one liners than you can shake a boomstick at” Williams. Each of their respective films were always light on story, heavy on violence.
If you liked the plot of the first Freddy vs. Jason, raise your hand. Now, if you are Damian Shannon’s or Mark Swift’s mother put your hand down. Even though all your hands are down, whether due to opinion or to google Damian and Mark, admit you are still intrigued by the title.
There is no plot. There is no character development. This is a fanfic face-off.
It has its slow parts, it has predictable parts, and sometimes boring parts. It also has great homage to each of the characters. Example: whenever Jason enters a scene, in the background there is subtle text of his creepy theme:
Ha Ha Ha Ha
Cha Cha Cha Cha.
Say it aloud, and you’ll hear it.
With only six issues, it has to cover quite a bit of ground quickly. Main cast die every couple of pages. Characters that should be re-introduced (who the hell is that girl with Ash?) for the uninitiated are not. Instead you are expected to be well-versed in the general plot of Freddy, Jason, and the Ash comics, and the specific plot of Freddy vs. Jason. Not a high bar (<cough> wikipedia </cough>), but one nonetheless. Probably the highest for Ash, since his own comic suffers from 6-issue ADD. It is a single, long running comic that is cut into 6 issue mini-stories (much like normal comics are). It gets a new title each time, however. I guess this helps people just jump in (as I have for Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness and this), but when they start to use characters from previous issues (who the HELL is that girl?!?) it gets a little annoying. Freddy seems to be the weakest character of the bunch, but perhaps that’s just true to his character: annoying and not particularly intimidating. At least, comparatively to Ash and Jason, instead of random teenagers.
Either way, this is an entertaining read. And even if you don’t like it, it is so short and moves at such a brisk pace you’ll still be finished with the whole thing before you form that opinion.