Freddy Vs Jason Vs Ash: Nightmare Warriors

Posted 27 Mar 2024 in Merchandise

Scoped out this rather excellent interview with Jeff Katz, encoring comic script duties for June’s sequel to Freddy Vs Jason Vs Ash, subtitled Nightmare Warriors.

Newsarama: Jeff, when we first spoke about the first Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash miniseries, you explained how the initial miniseries came about as a treatment that you had written for a possible film. So where does this story come from? Did you have a collection of ideas that didn’t make it into the treatment, or is this moving forward wholly from the first miniseries?

Jeff Katz: Once we knew that Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash was going to move into the comic realm, it seemed natural to start tinkering around with where you’d go after that story should it work. The genesis of the first FvJvA comes from when I first started interning at New Line and my main ambitions were to get Freddy vs. Jason made and try to bring back Evil Dead or elevate Bruce Campbell, who I was a huge fan of. So when the first movie worked and the sequel conversation happened, I was able to immediately tee-up the Ash idea which got that ball rolling. So in a similar sense, once the comic version of FvJvA started moving ahead, I basically knew most of the larger strokes of what I’d want to do to cap the Vs. “trilogy,” so to speak. In many ways, it’s very simply been about – “What would I most want to see as a fan?” And as a fan of these franchises, what I appreciate more than anything else is a sense of continuity. The best of these franchises has been when favorite characters carry over from film to film. So we’ve tried to service that idea in the largest possible sense here, as I think you’ll see. This is about tying everything together.

NRAMA: That said, was it difficult to get back into the mindset to handle these guys again?

JK: Not at all. I’ve spent a lot of time in that mindset over the years. And I’m ultimately very loyal to those maniacs. I’m not remotely naive that I owe my Hollywood career firmly to Mr. Krueger and Mr. Voorhees. There’s no Wolverine, no snakes on planes – I’d argue no Booster Gold – no nothing for me without those guys. So to be able to finish off the larger story of this rivalry, so to speak, is an honor to me. I’m approaching this as if it’s my final rodeo with these guys and everyone involved are looking to go out in style. We’re going to leave it all out on the field.

NRAMA: Just to make sure people are up to speed, can you remind us where things ended last time? The battle for the Necronomicon was…”over,” and Ash managed to survive. Where did things stand for Freddy and Jason again?

JK: Jason is left buried under a frozen over Crystal Lake. Freddy has seemingly been sucked into the Necronomicon and deposited who knows where. Ash and his main squeeze Carrie have driven off into the sunset to start a life of domestic bliss. And the Necronomicon itself is buried into the ice on Crystal Lake – it’s pages showing us images hinting at a larger war to come. Foreshadowing anyone?

NRAMA: Always with the foreshadowing. How long after that first story does this new miniseries pick up?

JK: Six months or so, though there’s a sense some of this has been going on in the background for some time prior.

NRAMA: As you said about the end of the first miniseries, and also, as the solicitation points out, Ash has given up his monster-hunting days and has settled down. Can Ash really be happy without the craziness though?

JK: When we first meet Ash in Nightmare Warriors he’s enjoying the good
life in suburban Michigan. I’d describe him as similar to Frank Drebin in Naked Gun 33 1/3, in that he’s trying to embrace domestic life but often can’t get out of his own way. The trusty old chainsaw is mounted on the mantle over the fireplace at this point. He’s very much retired. But he’ll learn very quickly that the Chosen One will never be able to retire. It’s an eternal quest, really. Oh – and two words – spatula hand.

NRAMA: The title here – an obvious play on The Dream Warriors of Nightmare fame. You liberally infused the first miniseries with loads of references and nods to all three characters’ previous stories. Should we take the title to mean that you’re doing the same this time out?

JK: It’s safe to say that The Nightmare Warriors is not an accidental sub-title. The play on Dream Warriors – my favorite of the series – is totally intentional. Ash – our main man and the one and only “chosen one” – is not alone in this battle. There are others like him out there. Survivors. People with special skills or purposes that have guided them successfully through encounters with Freddy or Jason. The survivors are all very important to the story and will play major roles. This is about tying up their stories too. It’s a celebration of all the characters we’ve loved as fans over the years.

If I was in a teasing mood – and I am – I’d say that if Ash is Superman, the Nightmare Warriors are his Justice League. The Nightmare War itself is a Crisis level event. And, really, who doesn’t want to see Ash and Tommy Jarvis fight for the alpha male slot? That’s too rich an opportunity to pass up.

NRAMA: You’re again teaming with James Kuhoric on this project as you were with the first miniseries. What’s that relationship like, and how is it different this time around than the first time?

JK: James has been phenomenal. We all became quick friends on the last project so this has been very easy. He had his work cut out for him, as I’d originally designed this as a 12-issue maxi-series a la Crisis and it came down to James to make it all work in the six-issue format. But he totally nailed it. All the major beats are there and everyone gets their time to shine. He’s terrific at retaining the tone of these characters, which isn’t easy to do when you’re juggling so many voices. Everyone involved loves these characters and these movies so much that it’s all a labor of love. It doesn’t really feel like work per se.

NRAMA: This is happening after the first story, so they all have experience with one another now – how have their attitudes changed as a result? After all that went down, are they immediately gunning for each other, or is it more complicated than that?

JK: There are some major twists and turns in this one. Freddy and Jason are extremely familiar with each other at this point. Maybe the only person they dislike more than each other is Ash. Jason, certainly, wants his revenge on Mr. Williams. Freddy’s aims are a bit larger or ambitious in scope. He’s looking to clear the board of any threat or nuisance before he launches his final gambit. I can promise relationships will evolve in some very interesting ways in this one.

NRAMA: You said you were in a teasing mood, so we can’t let you go without one more – what gets the ball rolling in issue #1?

JK: First, the government. Then a Jaws homage courtesy of Jason Craig. Then, sadly, the end of Ash’s domestic bliss. And that’s before we even see Freddy at all!

HI-RES: The three covers of Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors #1 by Arthur Suydam

Source: Newsarama

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  1. Andrew (27 Mar 2024, 11:33)

    This should be good. Let’s hope that Craig tightens up his art this time, keeping it more consistent from issue to issue. He’s a talented guy.

    If Tommy’s back (Feldog or Thom Matthews style?), then maybe we’ll get a post-mortem appearance by Joey, Kincaid and Taryn, the essential dream warriors.

  2. Rangerdave (27 Mar 2024, 18:29)


  3. Higgins Haven (28 Mar 2024, 16:33)

    who care about freddy vs jason vs ash its a retarted concept and i cant stand that dork Jeff Katz everytime i see him in a documentry i cringe

  4. cj (28 Mar 2024, 16:43)

    honestly i have yet to get the first!

  5. tommyblah (30 Mar 2024, 11:43)

    is the first f-vs-j-vs-ash set worth getting? i read it kind of ridiculed jason and i didn’t feel too inspired to get it, despite liking all 3 franchises. but now that they’re making more i feel i should complete my collection.

  6. rockondon (31 Mar 2024, 8:39)

    why dont they just make a new friday the 13th video game?1new map
    could be a rainy map with mommy chasing you?would be a great online game??

  7. brett (01 Apr 2024, 14:26)

    who is Ash? what movie is he from?

  8. Steve, Dan & Marc (01 Apr 2024, 17:13)

    Cool. You guys may be interested in this little video we made last Friday 13th, documenting us watching all 10 films in one day;

  9. Gabriel Zero (04 Apr 2024, 17:04)

    Ashley J Williams is the one of the coolest horror icons around.


    Evil Dead is by far one of my favorite horror movies.

  10. cj (06 Apr 2024, 9:48)


  11. Odd (07 Apr 2024, 8:23)

    Sweet…i liked the frist mini series of this (not so much the cheap jokes at Jasons expense though)

    ………..Carl Johnson, ebay.

  12. cj (07 Apr 2024, 17:28)

    OTHER than ebay there was really good one someone suggested and i forgot wat it was please help

  13. Kori-Maru (18 Apr 2024, 4:47)

    I wonder if they’ll add in Evil Ash back from Army of Darkness. He’s like the Metal Sonic of the Evil Dead series.

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  15. Carmen I.F (11 Jun 2024, 1:03)

    Where can I buy this comic ( series?) 8P I really badly want them! >:D

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