by Tim Seeley

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Imagine a classic slasher film played out in vignette length tales, graphic novel style. You've just found Tim Seeley's Hack/Slash. Hack/Slash chronicles the journey of Cassandra Hack and her companion Vlad. They travel the country and sometimes world looking for slashers and put an end to them. Think Freddy, Jason, Leather face.

What I like most about this series is that they make both sides intriguing. When you think about a horror film, the villains are usually iconic and the victims are very forgettable. This is why audience members aren't too upset when 90% of the characters die. In Hack/Slash, we are given insight into Cassie's life as well as into the slashers life. We value both of them and although we know the villain must be stopped, there is a pause before we turn the page and witness their defeat. That's one of the biggest strengths of this book, it's not easy to pick a side. Cassie and Vlad are likable characters from page one, but the slashers are darkly humorous and complicated enough that they require more than just a simple glance. 

This is the first in the series and although if you read them out of order you will miss the plot points, you won't miss a step in the action. I would recommend reading them in order if you could though. Like I stated above, the comic is broken into different stories and often times this means different comic artists . I really enjoy seeing various graphic stylings and looking at how the story is enriched or detracted from depending on the way it's drawn. 

I would caution younger readers away from this book because much like its movie counterpart, it contains lots of gratuitous gore sex and violence. If you are looking for a surprisingly light hearted murder romp, Cassie and Vlad have got you covered. They don't pull punches, both literally and dramatically. 

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