Hack/ Slash # 14
“Over the Rainbow”
Story: Tim Seeley; Art: Emily Stone; Colors: Val Staples; Letters: Crank!; Design: Sean K. Dove; Edits: Mike O’Sullivan; Publisher: DDP
This is the Oz “crossover” issue. Oz is something we’re very passionate about in my household – my wife loves the Judy Garland film, whereas as I tend to favour the original L Frank Baum Oz books. While I wasn’t expecting anything like either of those iterations in a Hack/ Slash comic, I was still rather disappointed. I expected the Oz angle to be clever, irreverent and (par for Hack/ Slash) dark-humoured but I felt it failed miserably at all three. The Oz scenario involves Cassie Hack’s friend, Margaret “Georgia Peaches” Crump (who is falling more and more in love with Cassie) joining a film crew shooting a sleazy remake of The Wizard of Oz.
Georgia is undercover to flush out a slasher she believes has committed a murder on the set. Georgia genuinely believes that she is helping Cassie, and narrowly avoids the gruesome fate of Rick Ross, the cocky actor portraying The Scarecrow. When Georgia is nearly axe-murdered by a diminutive actor (cast as a munchkin) suited up as the Tin Woodman, Cassie and Vlad come to her rescue. Cassie is outraged that Georgia put herself in danger for Cassie, but she admits how much Georgia means to her, and pleads with her to please not die on her. The Georgia-Cassie relationship was definitely the most satisfying component of this issue.
The coda of the book finds Cassie’s father, Jack Hack (finally appearing in the comic outside of a flashback) seeking out a “Dr. Lazarus” at a head shop called Inner Life. Hack finds the doctor in the basement and introduces himself as “Gordon. Gordon Stuart.” “Lazarus” reveals himself as Dr. Herbert West, who savvy horror fans will recognize as the lead character in the Re-Animator films (loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft’s short story “Herbert Weat, Re-Animator”), the first of which was directed by one Stuart Gordon. This encounter paves the way for a three-part Hack/ Slash/ Re-Animator “team-up”, which should be a far more satisfying crossover.
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