Art by: Daniel Leister
Colours by: Carlos Badilla
Letters by: Crank!
Cover by: Tim Seeley
Published by: Image
Cover Price: $3.50 (USD)
Justin Jordan’s brief two issue run comes to an end here and his “The Good Son” story has been pretty good overall. These two issues have explored Vlad and his biological family and this issue has an origin of sorts and though it doesn’t exactly explain why there are large green monsters available for impregnation, it doesn’t really matter.
The character work on Vlad is good and this is about as close to an emotional centric issue of Hack/Slash as I have read. Also, considering the tone of this comic, the ending is actually kind of sweet.
But generally this issue is exactly what one would expect. No one can argue that Hack/Slash knows how to please its audience. This series is very dependent on personal taste, but it must be one of the most consistent titles around. This issue alone contains lots of monsters fighting each other, incest, cannibalism, enough blood to help out a heap of haemophiliacs and Cassie wearing not very much and bending over a lot.
Hack/Slash knows how to have fun and tell an entertaining story. I personally find the overt sexualisation a little cringe worthy at times, but I know plenty of people like it.
I’m not always sure if I like the writing in this comic, but I am sure that Daniel Leister is a very talented artist. His monsters are gruesome and his girls are pretty; I’d be really interested in seeing him work on something a little different too.
The guest work continues next issue with writer James Lowder and artist Matt Merhoff taking over for an issue which is good as I think Hack/Slash suits short arcs and can easily handle rotating creative teams.
Though Hack/Slash isn’t for everyone (including me), if you like the sound of it, it won’t let you down.