Evil Dead 2 – comic book, USA, 2015 onwards

Evil Dead 2 is an American comic book series officially licensed to Space Goat Publications (The Howling: Revenge of the Werewolf Queen). The series began with Evil Dead 2: Beyond Dead by Dawn, then continued with Evil Dead 2: Cradle of the Damned and the Lovecraftian Evil Dead 2: Dark Ones Rising.

Written by Frank Hannah, the Evil Dead 2: Beyond Dead by Dawn story arc picked up where Sam Raimi’s movie left off and features artwork by Barnaby Bagenda, Oscar Bazaldua and Chris Summers. Cover artwork is by Netho Diaz and Anton Kokarev.

“Dead” Annie Knowby is plunged into Hell. Armed with the Kandarian Dagger and the Ex-Mortis, Annie fights off hordes of Deadites (and Ash’s severed hand!) in her quest to save her parents souls! But will the book and the dagger be enough?

The first volume was collected in a trade paperback in 2016 and has since been re-issued as a 30th anniversary edition.

Space Goat Publications has also unleashed variant mash-up Evil Dead comic books: Evil Dead 2: Revenge of Dracula; Evil Dead 2: Revenge of Hitler; Evil Dead 2: Revenge of Evil Ed; Evil Dead 2: Revenge of the Martians; Evil Dead 2: Revenge of Jack the Ripper and Evil Dead 2: Tales of the Ex-Mortis.

“Dracula, the Prince of Darkness becomes the Prince of the Evil Dead Universe when his undead path crosses with Ash. When the stolen Ex-Mortis is used to revive Dracula, Ash must be the wooden stake that sends him back to the grave. But when Drac reveals the Ex-Mortis has also revived an even greater monster, Ash and the vampire must team up to stop it with the help of the Kandarian dagger.”

“Deadites in the desert! Highways to hell! Buses turned into killing machines! Ash wins a free trip to Las Vegas, but it turns out to be a trap when his bus gets attacked by Evil Ed and some of history’s worst dudes as henchman.”

“Everybody’s favorite badass is back. Oh, and Hitler too. The Evil Dead 2 Universe expands with the first in a series of “Revenge” one-shots. Adolf Hitler had the Book of the Dead tattooed onto his body so that he could live forever, except it didn’t quite work out that way. After he died in Berlin in 1945, it took someone to actually read the tattoo to reanimate him. Now he’s back in the present day, and the Hellish Powers are forced to recruit Ash to put an end to his reign of terror before history repeats with a new undead army.”

“Who was the real Jack the Ripper? Ash gets a bit part on a B-movie asking this very question. The answer comes when the obsessed Ripper -fanatic screenwriter gets his hands on the Ex-Mortis. Georgia Ball brings to terrifying un-life one of the greatest mysteries and murderers in Evil Dead 2: Revenge of Jack the Ripper! Good thing Ash is around to bring down the evil haunting the film set—that is, if he doesn’t get lost in the London smog himself!”

“First the Evil Dead came for Hitler, then Dracula, and now they’re after H.G. Wells’ infamous Martians in this destined-to-be-classic mash-up of Ash and War Of The Worlds! The Evil Dead 2 Universe continues to expand with this all-new “Revenge Of” title by Ty Templeton (best known for his work on Batman ’66). In a world where War Of The Worlds actually happened and Ash is now an Uber driver, he gets in over his head when a Deadite invasion revives the long-dormant Martians. Kick some Martian, Ash!”

“Evil Dead 2: Tales of the Ex-Mortis: Four separate stories, “Soul Power” by Justin Peniston and Enza Fontana; “Camp Deserted” by Georgia Ball and Eduardo Garcia; “The Lottery” by regular Evil Dead 2 writer Frank Hannah and Gabriel Rearte;  “Deadite Man Walking” by Ivan Cohen and Pericles “PJ” Junior. All tie into the Evil Dead 2 Universe and expand what we know about Deadites, Kandarians, and the Ex-Mortis.”

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