TITLE: Hack/Slash Omnibus, Vol. 3
AUTHOR: Tim Seeley
ARTISTS: Tim Seely, Emily Stone, Kevin Mellon, Ross Campbell, Mike Dimayuga, Bryan Baugh, Dan Parent, Daniel Leister, Chris Burnham, David Baldeon, Buz Hasson, Ken Haeser
COLLECTS: Hack Slash #18-32, Entry Wound One Off, Halloweenman Annual, Living Corpse Annual
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASED: December 8
By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder
Sheesh, that’s a lot of artists. But this is a lot of content.
Indeed, fans of chicks in slutty outfits, horror flicks, and horror flicks that feature hot chicks in slutty outfits rejoice! Cassie Hack is back in her third giant omnibus from Image Comics. The would-be slasher victim is still hunting down maniacal murderers with her disfigured partner Vlad, and putting them down for the greater good.
When we open the book, Cassie has just witnessed the death of her father, and has had to put down the re-animated corpse of her mother. Cassie looks to her friend Georgia for comfort, and they end up getting VERY comfortable, if you catch my drift. This makes Vlad very jealous. As we continue through the book, Cassie and her friends must deal with the Black Lamp Society, the group responsible for the creation of slashers, as well as numerous demons from hell, an accidental pregnancy, and lesbian love drama.
Cut me a slice of that!
Hack/Slash isn’t my usual cup of tea, as I’m not that into slasher films (especially now that they’re remaking the older ones), but it’s definitely a fun read. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, and at times can be a very funny read. But, with the right artist, it can also capture the suspenseful, gory vibe of the genre it’s paying tribute to. Plus, I love the role reversal of the hot chick that goes after the slashers.
Some of the characters also had moments that were surprisingly touching and deep, considering the tone of the book they’re in. Vlad’s tragic jealousy when Cassie is being romantic with Georgia hit me the hardest. Vlad doesn’t even seem interested in Cassie in a romantic sense, but his moments of sorrow and loneliness hit home in a big way. We’ve all been there…kind of.
The Pooch character also grew on me. He initially disgusted me, what with his protruding gums and everything. He initially struck me as quite ugly. But in time, his almost innocent nature, and C-3PO-like desire to please his masters got to me. One of the characters actually summed up part of Pooch’s appeal perfectly: He talks like a regular dog would, if dogs could in fact talk.
In terms of art, this book is probably the biggest blender I’ve ever seen in terms of styles, whether you like the more cartoony stuff from Buz Hasson and Ken Haeser, or some of the more shadowy, gritty stuff from Daniel Leister. There are even portions of the book done in the style of Archie, as well as comics from the 80s and early 90s. Personally, I was partial to Emily Stone and Kevin Mellon’s work on issues #18-20. But fans of comic book art are bound to find something they like in here, whether they’re Hack/Slash fans or not.
What fascinates me about the Cassie Hack character is this pseudo-sex symbol thing she’s got going on. In terms of comics, she seems like what Lara Croft was to gamers a decade ago. She’s not real, but artists love to put her in skimpy outfits (she has a lovely little under-boob number in the early part of this book), and fanboys’ pants distort. Hot chicks love to dress like her, too. Flip to one of the last pages and you’ll see a collage of them. And of course, she’s had her big tie-in with SuicideGirls.com. I guess it’s that combination of raw sexuality mixed with empowerment that women go for. Or maybe it’s just that she kills slashers, I’unno.
I don’t think you’ll ever see me picking up Hack/Slash on a monthly basis, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate it for what it is: A damn fun series. So here’s to you, Cassie Hack! For being the first chick to ever successfully kill a bunch of would-be movie slashers, and inspiring hot chicks everywhere to dress like sluts, we at Primary Ignition salute you!
Front page image from newsarama.com.