Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Daniel Leister
Colors: Mark Englert
Production: Sam Wells
Editing: James Lowder
Cover A: Tim Seeley and Dominic Marco
Cover B: Ryan Stegman
Devils Due Publishing
Super Sidekick Sleepover Slaughter Part 2 is a very fun comic, housing a lot of gore and destruction. As an avid superhero based comic reader this is a refreshing take on the creation, death, and fear of heroes. The risk factor is raised for them, with annihilation veering at every corner even before they are suited up. Masked villains are on the rise and in high numbers ready to destroy the dream of these newly heroic teenagers. It becomes apparent very soon into the issue that Tim Seeley and Daniel Leister have perfected the art of comic book horror. There is enough blood and guts to make any horror fan proud, while still carrying a very well put together plot. Unlike a large amount of horror comics the gore does not take away from the story or appear inexplicably just for the sake of having it. Instead it builds the plot higher, raising tension and curiosity as you watch these heroes fall to their knees.
A corporate worker named Lombardi is after the new teen superheroes. His employer who found the files breaking down their deaths assumes it to be related to an MMORPG leaving Lombardi with a warning for playing games during work. Meanwhile, Cassie and Vlad are also working towards the destruction of the comic-obsessed teens and anyone who gets in their way. After bringing her friends into an abandoned warehouse, Lynn reveals a Super Soldier serum, similar to the one used to create Captain America, that will turn her and the rest of her friends into heroes. The only flaw being that they would all obtain the same powers. After injecting the serum the group precedes to put on their costumes revealing odes to Punisher, Swamp Thing, Boy Wonder, and Captain America. At a club nearby a hardcore villain known as Dr. Mortal promises to give all of the lesser villains indestructible forces using the GodBox – a storage device for the demoness Fantomah. He then demonstrates the destruction possible by revealing that the new superhero group was tricked into believing the serum worked. Mortal’s pumpkin-headed assassin then appears on the screen murdering the Boy Wonder and Luz, during which she reveals herself to be their dear friend Lynn. Having been at Dr. Mortal’s presentation Cassie and Vlad decide to kill all those involved in order to prevent them from causing any further carnage.
Seeley has proven himself to me as a writer through his work in this issue. There are many twists in the plot all of which caught me greatly off guard. There is also an abundance of pop-culture references; showing his dedication to the young teen vibe of the Hack/Slash series. I appreciated his ability to tell a story that separates Cassie as the sole main character while still carrying her moral and edginess through out. I am very excited to see how the story ends and watch Cassie and Vlad seek and likely succeed in avenging the wrongly murdered teens.
Seeley’s partner in crime for this issue, Daniel Leister, also proves to be a force to be reckoned with. The art is eye-catching, bright, and detailed while still holding the grim ambiance required for the story. Characters are well drawn and have very distinctive features so you never spend time guessing which blonde is which. The scene where Lynn, as the pumpkin-headed assassin, smashes Boy Wonder’s head in with a weight set was perfectly done. Blood spurts in natural directions and is not over exaggerated making the piece almost poetic in it’s gory simplicity.
With every issue I read it becomes more apparent as to why Hack/Slash has won so many awards – it leaves you with nothing to complain about. Seeley is most masterful at his craft, having pushed himself into being one of my favourite writers with only a few issues read. The artists, although consistently changing between story lines, are all amazing. The flow of the comic is never awkward and is thus far, always welcoming to new readers. Super Sidekick Sleepover Slaughter Part 2 is no exception, it is a great piece of work and something anyone who has an appreciation for blood, death, and hot chicks can enjoy.