HACK/SLASH THE SERIES #1
Written by Tim Seeley, art by Emily Stone, covers by Tim Seeley and Stefano Caselli.

At the end of every horror movie, one lone girl survives... in Hack/Slash, that girl is Cassie Hack -- who not only survives, but becomes a killer of killers! Partnered with the monstrous gentle giant Vlad, they travel wherever there are slashers looking to do harm! In this first issue, their paths cross with Dr. Gross... a confrontation that Cassie does not emerge from in one piece!

Hack Slash #1 Halloween Treat
Written by Tim Seeley, art by Emily Stone, covers by Tim Seeley and Stefano Caselli.
Feel like you're missing out on one of the hottest comics to slash through the racks? Well if you are, here's your chance to jump on with a special Halloween edition of Hack/Slash #1! Reprinted with tons of tricks and treats that even fans in the know will want to get their bloody hands on!

Word from creator Tim Seeley:
The issue one reprint will just have a new cover, and a brand new timeline summary for new readers to catch up on. We'll try to cram as much new stuff in as possible, but it's largely meant to replace the sold out issue one as a new reader try-out! TIM

Hack/Slash The Series #1 (ADVANCE)

Laurie Strobe? Stick a knife in her, she's done…Tim Seeley's queen of slasher killers is razor sharp in the new ongoing Hack/Slash series.

Following in a long lineage that includes the likes of Jamie Lee Curtis and Adrienee King, Cassie Hack narrowly survived the attack of a killer. Forever changed by that event, Cassie dedicated herself to hunting the terrifying murderers known as slashers. Through a series of one-shots and mini-series, Hack and her monstrous ally, Vlad, have been taking back the night from the likes of zombie veterinarians, homicidal comic book fans and even Chucky from Child's Play. Are they ready for their greatest challenge as Hack/Slash goes monthly?

Since 2004, Tim Seeley has put out close to a dozen issues of Hack/Slash, each imbued with dark humor, over-the-top violence, satire and a sense of reverent love for that cinematic staple of the 1980s, the slasher flick. The fun of the series thus far has been the quick, punchy style of the stories, making Cassie and Vlad a guilty pleasure once every few months. As enjoyable as the one-shots have been, I'll admit that I was a little skeptical whether the concept would have the guts for a monthly series. I'm happy to report that Seeley's first stab at the monthly Hack/Slash hits the mark, mixing all the things fans of the property love, along with some emotional depth, sociological musing and a flowing narrative.

Even though Cassie goes to pieces during her confrontation with Dr. Gross, Seeley uses the opportunity to peel back the layers of our heroine. In addition to some exposition to fill in her back-story, readers are also treated to a look into what lies beneath Cassie's cool, "tough chick" exterior. Seeley also shifts his satirical gaze at the genre to a more critical style, pointing out how the popularity of movies like Saw have fundamentally changed (corrupted?) the genre of slasher flicks. Don't let that heady stuff scare you off however – Vlad's visit to a local coffee house still provides some levity, there's still blood and the cliffhanger for next month promises yet another cleverly themed slasher.

The new blood of Emily Stone may be the strongest artist tapped into the Hack/Slash vein yet. Borrowing elements of both Seeley and Stefano Casselli, Stone finds a nice balance between the realism needed to put readers in the moment, and a comic book sensibility that doesn't let the book descend past good natured violence (which may be the oddest phrase I have ever written). Teamed with the subdued, unearthly coloring of Courtney Via, Stone proves to be more than fit to lace up Cassie's stockings.

Fans have nothing to fear – with this new beginning, the final chapter of Hack/Slash should be a long way off!

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HACK/SLASH: THE SERIES #1 Review

The first thing that jumped out at me in this book was the art. The characters where draw perfectly for the content. Not cartoony and not to realistic.
The main character Hack is drawn very well also her companion looks cool. Emily Stone did a fantastic job. The coloring in comic's is often overlooked, but I know what it takes to make it look good and Courtney Via paid attention to all the details.
The story is insane and written with an smart Pen, Tim Selley assumes that the reader will be intelligent and does not water down the story. This is a great beginning to what has to be an awesome series. Score: 5 out of 5

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HACK/SLASH #1 (ONGOING SERIES)Review

I'm trying to think. Would losing a pinky toe be so bad? I mean, its friggen tiny down there… on my foot. An added appendage. An extra ugly piece of bone and skin that reminds me of that wagging tail on Jason Alexander from Shallow Hal. (Damn that thing still gives me nightmares!) And then I remember stubbing my toe on the bathroom door a couple weeks ago, and the answer becomes clear. "Hell yeah, it's bad!" Hurts just thinking about it too!

But not Hack/Slash. NosirreeBob. This hear comic book is the goods. As we begin with one of our heroes, Cassie Hack, getting her toes cut off by a maniacal psychotherapist that tore his skin off a la Frank from Hellraiser, I learn there's something magical going on here. Not the fact that I can definitely feel the pain as another toe gets sawed off, but the fact that the story tells it straight like it were the real deal. An autobiography if you will, about a girl that had bad parents with good intentions. A loner that found a true friend amongst the outcasts. A world that resembles reality, but roots in the supernatural and eerie. Hack/Slash covers the basis of good storytelling mixed in with guilty pleasures. And at this rate, it's written on the chalk board as addictive like sex on a bed of chocolate while money spits out of the pillow case as you ride the high. Yes, folks, like Andre 3000 says, "I think I'm in love… LOOOOVE… again."

Tim Seely shows maturity here as he ventures into a solid backstory of the two main characters, Vlad and Cassie Hack. In his previous outings with the characters, it appeared that he filled a void within himself, making loveable moments from popular horror films into segments in his book. It's easy to see where some of his ideas come from as this first issue showcases nods to Clive Barker's Hellraiser and Nightbreed films. But Seely controls himself, and finds that his main characters have a story to tell. A new, refreshingly original one at that. It's evident when we learn the mother-daughter relationship has a great impact on Cassie Hack's personality, affecting her decisions to become a killer of killers. Her father failed to be there when she needed him, and her friends were never there to begin with. It's a rewarding piece to see the wonderful flavor Seely emits from his love of horror movies, but also taking a big breath to let out the real story. If he keeps taking those deep breaths, Cassie Hack could very well become the face of horror comics. Not to mention an icon to female audiences around the world. I have my fingers crossed that he stays aboard the boat of fortune.

Emily Stone is a great artist. Very cinematic and moving, definitely feeling those moments Seely writes for her. The moments with Cassie's mother and her childhood were touching, and then quickly switching to blood and terror reveals Stone's uncanny ability in differentiating drama, action, and gore with a natural balance. It's not forced and it's not over the top. It's just right.

After reading this issue, I don't see how this could be a movie. It seems like it could very well be the next big serial TV show that would cater to fans like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. If I were Devil's Due Publishing, I'd maybe want to look into that. Because I think I'd be addicted to a TV show with these characters and setups. But then again, what would happen to that addiction on my chocolate-covered bed? Time to stub my toe and get back to reality me thinks, Bob.

GRADE: A CONTINUE: This is the one to read, folks! I see great things happening here, and I think it's the start of something big too. Get aboard the "Seely Boat" and thank me later! Can't get to a book store? Head on over to PullBux online. Cheap too!

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