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Hack / Slash Volume 1: First Cut (Hack Slash) [Paperback]

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Item description for Hack / Slash Volume 1: First Cut (Hack Slash) by Tim Seeley...

In every slasher movie, there's one girl who makes it all the way to the end. She's the survivor... the last girl. Meet Cassie Hack, the lone survivor of an attack by a vicious slasher called The Lunch Lady. Now Cassie, along with her monstrous partner, Vlad, travel the country, hunting down other slashers before they can leave a trail of blood and terror.

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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10" Width: 6.6" Height: 0.2"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 25, 2007
Publisher   Devil's Due Publishing
ISBN  1932796878  
ISBN13  9781932796872  

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good ideas but clunky execution  Aug 26, 2008
I have just read the first TPB of Hack/Slash and though I enjoyed reading it, I did have some issues with the book. The art is good by mainstream comic book standards. However, I disagree with other reviewers that the art is spooky or sinister. The action moves so fast that there is no chance for the artwork to create a spooky ambiance (unlike say 28 days of night). The concept behind the book has promise (a post-modern take on the slasher genre with lots of self-referential comments and humor) but the writing is clunky. As a for instance, the author wants to tell reader about the history of the main character. There are subtle ways to do this and it could have been drawn out(in order to draw the reader in to the story). However, the author just has the buddy of the main character ask her, "so why do you do what you do?" The main character then goes off on a monolog that tells us all we need to know. The background is actually kind of funny, but the way it spills out in the monolog flattens the humor somewhat. Also, the clunkiness of the dialog grates at times. There are other examples of plodding exposition where the material in the exposition could have been delivered in a more interesting way and in a way that didn't upset the flow of the story. The book makes for a fun hour's reading, but it is not a great comic.
great purchase  Aug 2, 2007
this compilation was a great read today at work. really kicked bordom out of the way!
it's three stories together, and each one of them was great (great is thrilling + funny).
I'm waiting for vol. 2 to arrive, and I hope it'll be as good as this one.
buy it.
Fun  Jul 28, 2007
A great comic book for horror fans. The books is composed of three main stories, each one is like a miniature slasher movie but with a couple of "slasher slayers" thrown in to the mix to aid the unfortunate targets of these undead serial killers. The idea is very interesting, especially if you're a fan of the 80's style hack and slash horror flicks. The characters are interesting, the artwork is great, there's a good amount of violence in usual slasher movie fashion. If you like horror comics, check this out.
Old Skewl  Jun 27, 2007
This is a fun book for fans of 80's slashers. Anyone who is a big horror fan will dig on this. It's generally not overly gruesome or anything, but it does a good job poking good natured fun at the genre.
With a genuine appreciation of slasher films of the 1980's comes Hack Slash: The First Cut from Devil's Due Publishing. Filled with all of the great clichés of those camp classics, Hack Slash is a fitting tribute to this favorite horror genre. Collected here are the stories of "slasher hunter" Cassie Hack, herself the daughter of a slasher known as "The Lunch Lady", who spends her days hunting down these serial killers accompanied by her hulking, misshapen partner Vlad. The book is filled with equal parts horror and humor as the pair hunt down a trio of gruesome killers. While the book may appear from the cover to just be another "scantily clad hot chick kicking butt" it's not...well it is, but it's not.

Writer Tim Seeley's irreverent tone keeps the stories moving at breakneck speed. In the first tale, Cassie and Vlad journey to a town where a mysterious figure is using undead animals to attack the locals. We soon find out that the figure is, or was, Bobby Brunswick, a mentally retarded employee at a vet's office that was the source of bullying by other locals until a prank went horribly wrong. Now Bobby is back from the grave with a legion of euthanized pets all ready to do his bidding and help him get revenge.

In the second tale, a goody-two shoes college girl whose boyfriend had an affair with another girl over spring break has used a dark book of magic to gain control over a true fire and brimstone, not to mention dead, man of the cloth to carry out her vendetta against the tramps and trollops of spring break. The third tale takes Cassie and Vlad to the "Whizzer World Philadelphia" convention where a serial killer is stalking comic creators Steve Niles, Skottie Young and model/artist Messy Stench. With a few well placed barbs at Wizard Magazine...and their show employees, this story dredges up the most loathsome serial killer yet. And yes...Steve Niles dies!!! Violent, but amusingly so.

Hack Slash was a truly a treat to read. It's not too often you find a graphic novel that is just plain fun to read these days. Any fan of slasher films will certainly enjoy the book. The art by Stefano Caselli and Federica Manfredi is very good without trying to go over the top. The book features an excellent pin-up gallery as well.

Reviewed by Tim Janson

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