Comicbook: Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash

The comic book miniseries Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash and its sequel, The Nightmare Warriors, follow up on the events of Freddy vs. Jason and tosses Ashley J. Williams into the mix to create a horror crossover that fans could only have dreamed about before its publication. DC Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, and Wildstorm published both series from 2007 to 2009, with James Kuhoric (writer) and Jason Craig (illustrator) helming both series. Kuhoric based the original series on the original Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash film treatment by Jeff Katz; Katz himself helped pen The Nightmare Warriors, which he and Kuhoric designed as a horror film parallel to DCís various Crisis events, right down to combining the three franchisesí continuities and turning the Nightmare Warriors into a Justice League-style Ďsuperteamí.

Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash

After the events of Freddy vs. Jason, Freddy Krueger manipulates Jason Voorhees into retrieving the Necronomicon ex Mortis, which Freddy plans to use to revive himself and cause more carnage. Ash happens to have moved to Crystal Lake for the opening of a new Super Ultra Mega S-Mart, which serves as his cover while he keeps his own search for the Necronomicon alive. Once the triumvirate of terror meet, chaos ensues.

Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors

Following the events of the previous series, the United States government resurrects both Freddy and Jason in an attempt to exploit their supernatural powers. The government soon discovers that it canít control the titans of terror, who now seek to take over the world using the Necronomicon. In the meantime, Ash stumbles upon the existence of the Nightmare Warriors, a support group for survivors of the two killersí supernatural rampages. Once Ash and his new allies learn of the resurrection of Freddy and Jason, the Nightmare Warriors make it their mission to stop the deadly duo once and for all.

Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Alpha Bitch: Bree.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Dream Warriors, Nancy Thompson and Amanda Krueger in the finale.
  • Big Damn Villains: The Dream Demons.
  • Bishonen Line: Crossed by Jason, of all people, when Freddy decides that Jason's undead form won't be able to withstand the coming battle and so uses the Necronomicon to completely restore him.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead:
    • Blonde: Tina
    • Brunette: Stephanie and Alice
    • Redhead: Rennie
  • Chainsaw Good: Ash gets a new, "chain lit" chainsaw, which proves to be a lot more useful than any other weapon.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Presumably Maggie, though how it happened isn't revealed.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Freddy. See You Have Failed Me.
  • Clipped Wing Angel: Dream Master Jacob, Freddy after absorbing Jason's soul.
  • Continuity Porn
  • Death by Sex
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: How "President Freddy" announces his "No Kid Left Alive" act to the world.
  • Dual Wield: Tommy with machine guns, Alice with handguns, Jason and Stephanie with machetes, Maggie with two bladed gloves.
  • The Dragon: Jason, sometimes.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Stephen, Rennie and Maggie (in Maggie's case, it's more of a tank).
  • The End... Or Is It?: Both series end on this note, though only two stories seem to have been planned.
  • Evil Costume Switch/Evil Is Sexy: After her Face-Heel Turn, Maggie switches from a psychologist's business suit to a supervillain costume consisting of black latex pants and a bra, with dual knife gloves. Her outfit seems to be a Shout Out to X-23.
  • Expy: Intentional or not, Stephanie bears a lot of similarities to Jamie Lloyd.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Dr. Maggie Burroughs aka Katherine Krueger in Nightmare Warriors.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Director Russell Gordon, set up as a major villain in Nightmare Warriors, is killed halfway through the series.
  • Not So Different: Tommy's No-Holds-Barred Beatdown against the rejuvenated Jason ends when he breaks Jason's mask and sees that Jason's human face looks very much like his own.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Happens to Ash, Neil and Jacob.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Tommy feels this way towards Jason, and it's possibly reciprocated.
  • Oh, Crap: Freddy Krueger has read the Necronomicon. Freddy Krueger has read the Necronomicon
  • Parental Incest: Freddy and Maggie.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Potentially in the first issue of Nightmare Warriors. As the government agents surround the ice pond where Jason was dumped at the end of the first series, one agent calls the applications of an "un-killable soldier" more plausible than the Necronomicon; at the beginning of Jason X, the military wanted to take Voorhees into custody (instead of putting him into permanent cryogenic suspension) to study his seeming immortality for their own purposes.
    • Legit shout-outs in Nightmare Warriors include a scene from Army of Darkness which shows up in a dream sequence, Ash is listening to the Alice Cooper song "He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)" during a car drive, and there's even a reference to Hypnocil.
    • Also, in the original Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, during Freddy and Ash's first confrontation, Freddy makes a wise-crack about playing "pin the tail on the Elvis impersonator". This could very well be a reference to Bruce Campbell playing not only Ash in the Evil Dead series, but also Elvis Presley in the movie Bubba Ho-Tep.
  • Signs of Disrepair: The last letter on Stabe motel's sign is broken.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Lori and Will and in the second one, Caroline.
  • Versus Title
  • Washington D.C. Invasion: Freddy stages a surprisingly successful one with a Deadite army (and Jason leading the troops). When the government's dumb enough to bring Freddy, Jason, and the Necronomicon itself to Washington...
  • You Are Too Late: In the first series, Ash personally goes to stop Freddy from reading the Necronomicon — then discovers that Freddy already read from the book and gained all its powers ten minutes prior.
  • You Have Failed Me: When Freddy defiantly declares himself a "dream god" even after Jason and the Deadites have been defeated, the Dream Demons decide that they've had enough.
    Dream Demons: "You lied to us! We gave you power and now we have nothing!"