Comic Book / 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 DC’s various Crisis events, right down to combining the three franchises’ continuities and turning the Nightmare Warriors into a Justice League-style ‘superteam’.

  • 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 can’t 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 killers’ 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 provides examples of:

  • Alpha Bitch: Bree.
  • And the Adventure Continues: After Freddy and Jason's (presumably final) defeat, Ash leaves on a motorcycle, simply saying he'll "try Texas"
  • Big Damn Heroes: Tommy Jarvis early on in the Nightmare Warriors, 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.
  • Creepy Children Singing: "Freddy's Coming For You " has a Dark Reprise as Freddy and Jason assault the White House with an army of Deadites
  • 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
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Freddy Krueger's daughter Kathryn aka Maggie Burroughs has fallen to the darkside and is now working with her father. Not only that, she's become a daddy's girl in all the wrong ways...
  • Dark Reprise: "Freddy's Coming For You" returns as Freddy and the Deadites attack the White House, only this time the last two stanzas are replaced. Rather than singing about staying awake, the creepy children sing about how Freddy will bring about The End of the World as We Know It.
  • Death by Sex
  • Demoted to Extra: While he still plays a central role in the plot Jason receives little attention compared to Freddy and Ash and mostly serves as Freddy's errand boy.
  • 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.
  • Grand Finale: These comics pretty much serve as this for all three franchises' original continuities before being rebooted.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Director Russell Gordon, set up as a major villain in Nightmare Warriors, is killed halfway through the series.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: In typical Freddy fashion, he molests Caroline with his tongue on her face while holding her captive.
  • 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
  • Panty Shot: Early in the first comic, while Lori is being chased by Jason, we see a couple of shots of her underwear peeking above her pants
  • Parental Incest: Freddy and Maggie.
  • Retcon: This comic combines the Elm Street and Evil Dead continuities, but in the original Nightmare On Elm Street, Nancy Thompson could be seen watching The Evil Dead and Freddy's glove could be seen in Evil Dead 2. The latter example could be interpreted as subtle Foreshadowing, although it's more likely that Wes Craven and Sam Raimi were simply sending Shout Outs to each other's work and did not anticipate the two films seeing a crossover around 20 years later.
  • 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.
    • The hotel that Jacob and Stephanie stays at in Nightmare Warriors at least in the dreamscape and the house next to it looks almost exactly like the Bates Motel and house in Psycho.
  • Signs of Disrepair: The last letter on Stabe motel's sign is broken.
  • Sliding Scale of Villain Threat: Thanks to the Necronomicon, Freddy and Jason escalate from their usual Local Area Threat Level to Planetary Threat Level
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome:
    • Lori and Will and in the second one, Caroline.
    • Jessica and Steven from Jason Goes to Hell don't fare much better in the Nightmare Warriors. The former is revealed to have died behind the scenes while the latter is abruptly killed near the end of the second issue.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Alice pulls one in The Nightmare Warriors. She's revealed to be terminally ill which has also made her unable to use her powers as the Dream Master, so she lets Freddy kill her so they can be passed to her son, allowing him to use the Dream Master powers and unleash his full wrath on Freddy.
  • 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!