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A crossover comic miniseries between Darkman and Evil Dead by Dynamite Entertainment and co-written by Kurt Busiek and Roger Stern.

The incantations in the evil book Necronomicon Ex-Mortis are read aloud in Darkman's city, bringing forth a wave of demonic possessions by the Deadites. Reading the book further eventually summons the great hero Ash Williams, who teams up with Darkman to fight the army of darkness.


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Darkman vs. Army of Darkness provides examples of:

  • Big Bad: Julie, who made the mistake of reading Necronomicon's incantations, is possessed and declares herself to be the Queen of Darkness and drives the plot of the comic.
  • The Dragon: Possessed Julie resurrects Robert G. Durant to act as her "field marshall", which also makes him stronger than other Deadites.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Strack's unfinished building that witnessed the finale of Darkman is used by the Deadites to construct a temple.
    • Durant mentions his defeats, including his proper death at the end of Darkman II: The Return of Durant.
  • Eye Beams: Newly possessed Julie tries to kill Kelly with energy beams coming out of her eyes, but Kelly manages to deflect them by holding the Necronomicon in front of her.
  • Finger Snap Lighter: After resurrecting Durant, possessed Julie lights his cigar by snapping her fingers.
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  • Golf Clubbing: After hearing from possessed Julie that those with physical traumas are more easily possessed by the Deadites, Durant tries that out by hitting a guard with his golf club.
  • Neck Snap: Durant punishes a guy who failed to find about Darkman's whereabouts by twisting his neck.
  • Nobody Here but Us Statues: To avoid being found in the local S-Mart by the Deadites, Ash pretends be a mannequin.
  • Off with His Head!: When Darkman is accidentally set on fire, Ash decapitates the nearest Deadite and uses the blood gushing from its neck to put out the flames.
  • Put Their Heads Together: Darkman takes out two Deadite guards by knocking their heads together. And since they are old possessed corpses, they are reduced to dust.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Deadite-possessed people have glowing red eyes.
  • Rise from Your Grave: Possessed Julie goes to a cemetery to raise more bodies possessed by Deadites, including Darkman's arch-nemesis Robert G. Durant.
  • Shout-Out:
    • At one point, Ash's narration refers to Darkman as "Lamont Cranston meets the mummy".
    • Liam Neeson, the actor who originally played Darkman, is referenced with Neeson Park where Deadites hold a gathering.
    • Durant has three mooks who resemble The Three Stooges working for him.
  • Symbol Swearing: All swearing in the comic are displayed with symbols.
  • Versus Title: Darkman (and Ash) against the Army of Darkness!
  • Waxing Lyrical: Ash quotes Ray Charles' "Hit the Road Jack" when he throws a Deadite's moving arm out of his Oldsmobile.

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