Ash, transported through time and space by the necronomicon again is dropped in front of Herbert West …Medical Doctor, who is just doing typical Miskatonic University quality stuff digging up graves. Ash starts to ask questions and Herbert bashes him over the head.
It’s 1922, Ash convinces West to call him Elvis Presley. West gives him a new dead hand while he’s unconscious for two weeks and then holds the Necronomicon Ex Mortis hostage and enlists Ash to be his assistant. So Ash is trapped, getting called Presley, digging graves and serving the pretentious and ill-tempered West. West has taken over the Miskatonic and many of his known cohorts are dead or “missing” …Ash is moderately concerned, and becomes more concerned when a dead man with a missing hand shows up.
West: “I am working to extend human life”
Ash: “Well for Chrissakes, eat kale and stay out of the sun!”
West recounts his earliest experiments and confesses how he turned the Dean into a rampaging ghoul, and later, during WWI, he enlisted as an Army medic to have access to fresh corpses and body parts. After this freakish tale, Ash takes in a classic flick and plots on how to get the book back. His hand takes on a mind of it’s own. Ash has been down this road before! The hand goes on a killing spree separate from West’s killing spree. Tension builds.
West, his experiments ruined, gets desperate and recites an incantation from the Necronomicon to speed up his work. WHAT? West, a true man of science driven insane in his quest for academic success, would never resort to magic. Murder, decapitation, kidnapping? Certainly. But using magic? pfft.
But say he would: Deadites everywhere.
I won’t spoil the rest.
I love cross-overs, and from a couple from my favorite(ish) 80’s camp movies? I like it. The art is spot on and the spastic one-liner spouting Ash playing off of the infuriatingly persistent West is just awesome.
I give it 4 Stars, which would impress Ash and infuriate perfectionist Herbert West.
This rad one-shot was written by Mark Rahner, who also penned the HP Lovecraft derived comic “Cthulhu Tales” and Dynamite babe Vampirella’s current series.