Writer: Tim Seeley
Artists: Mark Englert and Nate Bellgarde with Andy Kuhn, Tim Seeley, and Joe Largent
Publisher: Devil's Due Publishing
Hack/Slash is a horror comic for the whole family... if your family is all fan-boys and girls 17 and older. Really, any indie-comic book fan should be able to enjoy this series, and this issue is no exception. It came out a few months later than it was supposed to, but luckily several major titles werenít dependent on its release, and it was more than worth it. The $4.95 price is higher than most comics, but this issue is also a lot longer, doesnít have ads, and is filled with action (there are no splash pages, the credits are presented "cinema style" and even the inside of the covers has material).
What kinda sucks is that you almost have to buy the 25Ę preview to know whatís going on in the beginning of this issue, and if youíve never read it before there isnít much exposition for newcomers (not that Iím unhappy) whereas the preview is mostly dedicated to it. By having that separate (and inexpensive) comic made this one all the better because exposition can suck. Still, the use of slashers from past issues is not explained (I didnít know who they all were, but it really doesnít kill the story if you don't know any of them).
The story has a lot of aspects typically found in the horror genre, but like I stated, itís not just for horror fans. Thereís a lot of kinds of humor in this: satire from the Ms. America villain, slapstick from the slasher Mortimer Strick, dark humor from teddy bear/slasher Ashley, a sex joke from Acid Queen, subtle humor from Cassie, and the just plain funny gag about Vlad learning to swear. Unlike some horror stories, this one has a message: basically donít be vain. But thereís more to it than that. I think I said this in a prior review, but Cassie is the goth equivalent of Tank Girl. This only applies to how she looks; Cassie has A LOT more depth as a character and doesnít make so many wise-cracks.
There are five artists credited, but the interviews have credited Mark Englert and Nate Bellgarde as the artists. If youíve ever read Hack/Slash, the art should look familiar. For those who havenít, itís not anything to make me swoon, but itís better than a lot the art coming from the "Big Two." Seeleyís mantra of ďboobs and bloodĒ is pretty clear, and there are more than a couple of upskirt shots.
A little touch I like is when the artists come up with logos for non-existing companies. For instance, the most prevalent here is the name of the villainous company Ceutotech which sounds like Pseudo-tech. I had a bigger laugh after finding out what the logo on Cassieís shirt references. There is one more logo in the comic, but youíll have to find it for yourself.
If you have yet to give Hack/Slash a try, do so now, even if you havenít read the prelude.
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