Writer: Tim Seeley
Artists: Emily Stone, Courtney Via (colors)
Publisher: Devil's Due Publishing
Commentary: I thoroughly enjoyed some of the previous Hack/Slash one shots and in particular, Cassie Hack’s encounters with legendary horror flick characters such as Chucky were nicely crafted, so I had a feeling I would not be disappointed by Devil’s Due Publishing’s decision to make this an ongoing title.
Cassie Hack is a fascinating character; she’s the daughter of infamous slasher “The Lunch Lady” and a Punk/Goth heroine dedicated to eradicating all slashers. She has all the strength and confidence of someone like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but none of the angst. While Buffy at first resented her duties as the chosen one, lamenting her lack of a normal life, Hack volunteered to fight against the monsters, and it is this determination that makes her such a compelling protagonist. She’s also pretty hot, but what makes her hot is not necessarily confined to her choice of revealing outfits or more overt forms of sexuality, but to a degree, it has to do with her sense of confidence and kick-ass demeanor. Seeley does a fantastic job transferring these traits to a fictional character.
Yet this comic also boasts of another amazing and endearing character in the form of Vlad, Hack’s enormous, gas-mask wearing, meat cleaver wielding partner. It is their relationship and trust in each other which adds another interesting layer to the comic.
Fans of the horror genre will enjoy the series for its violence and gore and obvious allusions to films and the conventions of said films, but to dismiss it as just another generic addition to the genre would be doing it a great disservice. Like the saying goes, the devil is in the details, and Seeley provides enough detail in this series to keep fans interested. Emily Stone’s artwork is nicely complemented by Via’s coloring and provide the required visuals for the more supernatural elements in the story.
This issue continues the tale of a rock band (Acid Washed) who make a deal with the devil to gain fame and women at the price of a few sacrificed virgin groupies. In the hands of a less skilled writer, this could have been another clichéd story with a supernatural twist, but Seeley makes it work by infusing it with humor and some inventive twists. For example, most of the members of the band become undead creatures who have to sleep in crates between gigs, but “Six,” the band’s frontman, remains a human. Vlad says he can’t face the demon band without first losing his virginity, but he is secretly longing for Cassie to be the one who relieves him of his virgin status.
A long time groupie who is rejected by the band befriends Vlad at a bar, and Seeley provides a believable and poignant if not morally questionable reason to explain her behavior. The comic ends in a cliffhanger with Cassie and the other enslaved girl about to be sacrificed, “Aztec god” style, to the demonic hordes beneath the band’s stage.
Final Word: Seeley has the same ability as someone like Joss Whedon to balance comedy with subtle character moments like the sequence in which Cassie reveals to her captive partner that she doesn’t have luck with men and she wonders if she might be gay. This comic is less violent than previous issues, but it is very funny, inducing more than one big laugh from me. With a major motion picture in development, Cassie Hack can become the next big name in the horror landscape and that would be a refreshing development.
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