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Exclusive Preview: Ash hunts down The King in Dynamite's crazy Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep crossover

By Jeff Spry
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The indefatigable demon slayer Ash Williams is lured to the undead like a moth to the flame, so it's only natural he'd gravitate toward the legendary, mummy-battling charisma of a senior Elvis Presley in his paranormal-punching prime.

In a crossover of epic proportions uniting two of actor Bruce Campbell's most memorable characters, Dynamite and IDW have pooled their creative resources and delivered a wild horror series pairing the Evil Dead franchise's boomstick-carrying S-Mart employee with the monster-fighting King of Rock and Roll in Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep #1.

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Written by Scott Duvall (Narcopolis: Continuum) and adorned with insane art by Vincenzo Federici (Grimm Fairy Tales), this mad miniseries follows our fearless Ash as he heads to the Lone Star state to locate the velvet-voiced Elvis Presley, whose exploits vanquishing an evil mummy have reached his world-weary ears.

This trippy Texas road trip also involves a time-traveling Elvis jumpsuit, a flashback trip to '70s Vegas, and the unholy revelation of a new Book of the Dead called the Necronomicon Ho-Tep. Will Ash meet his match when swapping wisecracks with a 4,000-year-old, soul-swallowing mummy? Can King Elvis mentor Ash beyond a monumental midlife crisis before it evolves into a dead-end affair?

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"Our debut issue sees Ash road trippin' through Texas in search of the Elvis Presley, a man he greatly admires and thinks might be able to help him out," Duvall tells SYFY WIRE.  "See, Ash isn't getting any younger. He's tired but he's not prepared to go out in a blaze of glory just yet. So when he catches wind about an old man claiming to be Elvis kicking mummy ass, he sets out on a mission to discover the truth for himself and perhaps even grow as a person (as much as Ash is capable of). However, where Ash goes, Evil is not far behind, and when it combines forces with a re-animated Bubba Ho-Tep, Ash and Elvis are the only ones who can stop him!"

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Duvall's entry point into the story and Elvis' world is seen through the lens of author Joe R. Lansdale, who wrote the Bubba Ho-Tep movie prequel novel Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers.

"There will be time portals thrown into the mix, but those weren't necessary to get these two iconic Bruce Campbell characters together," he adds. "I liked the idea that Ash could just hop in his car and drive us to where Elvis is holed up. They exist on the same plane of reality and we didn't need magic or time travel to get us here, just enough gas in the tank.

"This crossover is something I've thought about for a long time, and to see it come to horrific life thanks to the killer talents of Vincenzo Federici, Michele Monte, and Taylor Esposito, not to mention our fearless editor Kevin Ketner and the rest of the Dynamite crew (special shoutout to IDW), is beyond incredible. I hope fans will come along for the ride!"

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Get groovy and march into our exclusive 5-page peek plus variant covers for Dynamite/IDW's Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep #1, then tell us if you'll follow these two cult classics into the abyss of hell when the premiere issue strikes on Feb. 13.