The groovy worlds of Ash Williams and Xena, Warrior Princess, are about to collide (yay, us!!) when Dynamite Entertainment debuts a new comic book miniseries bringing the two iconic, fan-fave characters together for the first time in Army of Darkness / Xena, Warrior Princess: Forever … and a Day. Next to having Lucy Lawless star in Ash vs. Evil Dead alongside Bruce Campbell, this is the coolest thing ever.
The four issue series is slated for an October release and will be penned by Scott Lobdell (Uncanny X-Men, Red Hood and the Outlaws), with art by Elliot Fernandez (Harley Quinn and Power Girl). Dynamite CEO and Publisher Nick Barrucci said of the upcoming crossover event to end all crossover events:
“Ashley Williams will always be one of my favorite characters, because there's so many great AOD tales to tell, and he was the first Dynamite title we ever published. You never forget your first. As one of the most unlikely heroes in pop culture, it makes it impossible not to love him... unless, of course, you're a battle-hardened warrior like Xena, who has a little less tolerance for such shenanigans. It's an odd couple pairing that fans of both franchises will love!”
So what will the story be about? And how on earth will these two pop culture icons get to meet in the first place when their worlds are separated by a few thousand years? Well, it’ll involve some good old-fashioned time travel (and what looks to be a time vortex -- see below). Here’s the synopsis:
You're Xena and your thousand strong army has fallen to an implacable and ancient evil. What do you do? You suck it up and summon the only ally who stands any hope at all of helping you prevent the end of the world! Unfortunately, that lone man is the ass-kicking, time traveling, womanizing, wiseass boomsticker, Ashley J. Williams!
Writer Scott Lobdell had a few more intriguing tidbits to say about the series:
“In this story of the first jilted lover in the history of Mankind, where we learn about the third wheel who was left behind when Adam and Eve got booted out of the Garden of Eden, we see an army of the undead that is so huge that only the implacability of both Xena and Ash could hope to stop them! This is an epic tale of horror, time travel, friendships that last a century, action, and comedy all wrapped into a big-ass honking story that stars both characters front row and center.”
Are you looking forward to Army of Darkness / Xena, Warrior Princess: Forever … and a Day?
(via Comic Book)