Art by: Axel Medellin
Colours by: Axel Medellin
Letters by: Jim Campbell
Cover by: Tristan Jones
Published by: Image
Cover Price: $2.99 (USD)
From the first issue it was clear that Hoax Hunters has a solid and interesting concept and this second issue shows that the creative team can deliver a comic that is as entertaining as the concept suggested.
The opening of this issue introduces the villain, the man involved in causing the spate of animal deaths. He is a very persuasive man with an interesting history. His introduction is creepy and unnerving as he shows his ability to control people and make them do as he wishes. I have always found the idea of cult leadership and indoctrination frightening; Medellin also does a great job of showing the unnerving forced devotion on the faces of this man’s followers.
But obviously, it isn’t all about the bad guy. In my review of issue one, I complained that Ken and Murder were left behind and here Ken does the very same thing. The tension between Ken and Jack is clear as their methods of investigation clash. With Ken and Jack butting heads, Regan trying to keep the peace and Murder sat quietly in the corner, the team dynamic is really starting to come together well.
As the issue progresses, the Hoax Hunter team come closer to discovering the truth behind the animal deaths and as I don’t want to spoil anything, I will just say that Medellin draws some very striking images.
Axel Medellin really was a great choice for this series as his facial expressions and grasp of body language is just as impressive as his ability to draw the strange and grotesque. The last page is excellently done too.
I like the way Hoax Hunters is going. It has a solid team of characters and plenty of story options to explore. The writing is already better than it was in the first issue and Medellin is always great; Hoax Hunters has all the makings of a hit series.