Artist Dan Parent
Cover Artist – Cover A Tim Seeley, Cover B Dan Parent
It is sad that Devils Due Publishing (DDP) lost the Hack Slash franchise, and of course, we know that IDW who got it will do a good job with it along the way. Nevertheless, going back to take a look at what DDP was able to do with the characters of Cassie and Vlad is a good preview of what I at least will be expecting from IDW. At the very least, Hack Slash under DDP did try to do new things, and nothing epitomizes that more than the Archie style cover for Hack Slash Number 28. Being in the world of Archie Comics has to be the bomb, even if it is squeaky clean, but this is Hack Slash, seriously how weird can this one get.
Very weird is the correct answer to the question. The world of Archie and the world of Hack Slash mix in a sponge bob-esque series of weirdness that follows along with some very odd placements of eyes being gouged out interspersed with the usual violence that is part of hack slash throughout the entire series. This one odd ball comic out makes a lot of this series a lot of fun, and this is an interesting mix of genres. As Cassie and Vlad visit the small town of Haverhill, they learn that there is a Lovecraftian series of mishaps about to happen. See Mary Shelly Lovecraft wants a husband in her quest to remake the world of fiction. Well you know how this is going to go because Tabor might just be the one that Mary Shelly wants to hook up with in a permanent fashion. Moreover, wouldn’t you know it, the bond or the redhead has Tabor’s interest and Mary Shelly might not even exist as far as Tabor is concerned. Queue the violence, gore, sex, crazy, Chtulhu fun with an Archie look and feel.
DDP when it was in its prime did some awesome work with the entire Hack Slash series, and this really was the series at its height. Many of the original DDP titles are going to be hard to find, as DDP lost the contract, IDW took it over with an entire new run. Going back and seeing if you can find these DDP titles is going to be difficult. They can be found online, but they will be in limited quantities as many of the warehouses and distribution points simply pulped the comics at the end of the run. If you can find them you can see Tim Seeley at his height with this series, and that alone makes these wonderful.
Read our review of Hack Slash #14 right here.
- Hack Slash Number 14 by Tim Seely (comicsforge.com)
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- Preview – Hack/Slash #2 (graphicpolicy.com)
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