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over-the-top bloody, HACK/SLASH #4 (Image Comics) is a knockout installment to
this spectacular horror series. Vlad, the gentle giant, is no longer interested
in being the sidekick of slasher slayer Cassie Hack. These two partners can no
longer count on each other, especially when the other is in danger. As the
partnership is coming to an end, their close friends are caught in the middle
of a bloody war between two slashers! With the lives of their friends at stake,
if these two teammates can work out their problems, they just might be able to
During their previous
battle with the Acid Angel, Cassie and Vlad were left beaten and frustrated.
Still alive and even angrier than before, the Acid Angel lurks in the back of
their van, waiting for the right moment to strike. With the Angel controlling
his thoughts, Vlad suddenly loses control of the steering wheel. Could the
lives and partnership of these slasher hunters suddenly end with a fatal car
Cat Curio continues to
give many reasons as to why she was introduced to readers. At the beginning of
the miniseries, Cat started off as a wannabe Nancy Drew detective. Cat
surprisingly presented her charming personality and delivered hilarious
one-liners. To prove her worth in a fight, she brawled against a horde of
undead deer, flesh-eating “Bambis” and zombie fish.
With the friends of
Cassie and Vlad in danger, Cat is the only one who can actually help them. But
this supernatural detective also has problems of her own to deal with. Now she
comes face to face with the monster who put her in a coma, Samhain. Will she
finally have her revenge against Samhain or will she become a victim again?
Creator and author Tim
Seeley perfectly transitions between the two subplots, driving the action at
full speed. Cat Curio stands out from the ensemble cast, with a quirky behavior
that flawlessly fits with the horror/comedy. With lots of adventures to further
explore, this critic hopes Cat will win her own comic. At the same time, Seeley
takes away characters and builds new grounds for his series. Sacrifices are
made in the end, which will definitely change Hack/Slash Inc. As the first
story arc comes to a close, readers will be anxiously awaiting to see what
happens in the ongoing saga.
The phenomenal artwork by
Daniel Leister and the brilliant colors of Mark Englert deserve soaring praise.
This issue’s highlight is the battle for survival among the group of outcasts.
Heads are ripped off, people are stabbed at and bodies are burned alive. Comic
book fans are absolutely going to get a rush out of these pages.
Everything comes crashing
down on Cassie and Vlad, the slasher slayers, in HACK/SLASH #4! Who lives and
who dies will be in the minds of readers. No matter who survives at the last
page, consequences will definitely be felt for a long time. Regular followers
will be talking about their fan-favorite characters being killed off. Don’t
miss out on all the fun to one of the best horror comic books out there!
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