Zombies are the middle children of the otherworldly family. Vampires are the oldest brother who gets to have a room in the attic, all tripped out with a disco ball and shag carpet. Werewolves are the youngest, the babies, always getting pinched and told they're cute. With all that attention stolen away from the middle child zombie, no wonder she shuffles off grumbling, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha."

- Kevin James Breaux

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Graphic Novel Review: HACK/SLASH: SON OF SAMHAIN VOL. 1

It’s been a year since Vlad died and monster hunter Cassie Hack has spent her time as a bounty hunter catching humans rather than monsters.  She’s alienated herself from her friends and family as a means to forget about her past.  This is where the latest graphic novel Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain begins (from Image Comics).  Creator Tim Seeley steps away from this series as writer to allow Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley to take over.

There are new monsters trying to take over the world and resurrect one of the oldest creatures the universe has ever known. and another monster hunter by the name of Delroy decides to help Cassie come out of retirement.  It’s not until they join ranks with a young boy by the name of Ocky, who has his own connections with the slasher Samhain, that a darker conspiracy arises and it will take all three working together to overcome the legion of monsters that are on the verge of taking over the world.

Despite having a new writing team, this is a great way to bridge the gap between the ending of the last era of Hack/Slash and the new era.  New characters are added to the larger scope of the tale and Cassie Hack is back in action (and it’s about time).  Artwork is by Emilio Laiso with colors by K. Michael Russell and letters by Crank!  This is a book with a great look and feel for what will hopefully be many new stories in the series.

This graphic novel also includes the many valiant covers, sketch artwork of the characters and Moreci’s Pitch/Series Outline which is an eye opening look into the creation of this new series.  Fans of the series have long awaited for the return of this killer of slashers and this book does not disappoint.

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