Saturday, October 28, 2017

Hack/Slash Resurrection #1 Review

Do the Monster Mash

Writer: Tini Howard          
Artist: Celor 
Publisher: Image Comics                      
Cover Price: $3.99
Reviewer: Andrew McAvoy

Although this title is Hack/Slash Resurrection, I did have the recent good fortune to read Hack/Slash-Vampirella a couple of weeks ago, so this is the second time I have joined their company this month. This new issue is the start of a much heralded "back to basics" approach after a hiatus on the Hack/Slash title so let's see what it had in store. 

Off the bat (excuse the pun) I thought that this was a pretty good set up for a series. We meet Cassie Hack living in a trailer park, with her cat, making money off computer game fanboys by playing a Zombie computer game. As Hack alludes to, at least hunting virtual zombies turns a profit. Cassie is a gal after my own heart in the opening to this title - she has peace and quiet, lives alone, works from home, and only needs to venture out when the fancy takes her. In short she enjoys a form of splendid isolation which is just how she wants it. The art from Celor also perfectly conveys the kind of slouchy existence that Cassie is living out.

Sadly, this isolated existence isn't to last too long. When she is interrupted by two zombies knocking on her window, she channels her annoyance at her tranquility being interrupted in a very progressive way through the deployment of her baseball bat. Whether this disturbs her, or whether she is just prone to dreams of her former partner, later that night Cassie has a nightmare featuring Slash who is trying to give her a warning that startles her. While this is going on Dr Ezekial Chase is hard at work at the Englund Correction facility finessing his ressurection fluid, and manages to track down Hack through survelliance, just in time to send further unwanted visitors her way. 

All this intrusion leaves Cassie poised and ready to take up a job offer at Camp Indigo as a counselor for young trauma survivors. Luckily when she packed it in to move to the trailer park, she took Neil Young's advice and bought a pick-up. Off she sets in her truck, cat on board, for a new career direction. She gets quite a welcome. 

Bits and Pieces 

In many ways this is a standard first issue for a new series with an established character. It is, however, elevated by the artwork and the fact that it serves as a very accessible entry point for a character who has quite a developed backstory at this point. All in all it is an enjoyable outing, even if it isn't going to knock your socks off


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