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Hack/Slash is a comic book series, launched from several one shots of the same name, published by Image Comics (previously by Devil's Due Publishing). The series was created by writer and sometime penciller Tim Seeley. The series follows horror victim Cassie Hack as she strikes back at the monsters who prey upon teenagers. These monsters are known as "slashers", and are a mix of original villains and crossover appearances, such as the appearance of Re-Animator (from Herbert West–Reanimator)[1][2] in Volume 1.

Hack/Slash
Cover art for Hack/Slash #1.
Art by Tim Seeley.
Publication information
PublisherDevil's Due Publishing
Image Comics
Genre
Publication date2004–2015 (original) 2017-present (resurrection)
No. of issuesVol. 1 32
Vol. 2 25
Vol. 3 5
Creative team
Created byTim Seeley (writer)
Emily Stone (penciller)
(Inker/Colorist) Courtney Via

Contents

Publication historyEdit

Devil's Due and Volume 1Edit

Hack/Slash began in 2004 as a series of one-shots, starting with the Stefano Caselli-penciled Hack/Slash (later referred to by its story title Euthanized), followed by the Federica Manfredi-penciled Girls Gone Dead.

2005 saw the one-shot Comic Book Carnage and the series stars, Vlad and Cassie, appeared in the Aadi Salman-pencilled The Final Revenge of Evil Ernie. The "Hack/Slash" one shots were collected as the First Cut trade paperback in the same year. The first "Hack/Slash" miniseries, Land of Lost Toys, debuted, penciled by Dave Crosland, followed by a collection of new short stories in a 2006 special issue called Trailers (featuring art by writer Stefano Caselli and Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, Skottie Young and Josh Medors).

A 25-cent preview issue giving newcomers a recap of "Euthanized" hit the markets in 2006, along with "Slice Hard", the first one-shot of 2006, Hack/Slash Vs. Chucky, which saw the lead duo taking on the evil doll and was penciled by Matt Merhoff.. Seeley penciled the new part of the preview and was one of the pencilers and inkers of the one-shot along with Mark Englert, Nate Bellgarde, Andy Kuhn and Joe Largent.

In 2007, Devil's Due released a Free Comic Book Day comic showcasing their "Family Guy" and Hack/Slash titles. The "Hack/Slash" section contained a recap portion of the 25 cent preview issue.

"Hack/Slash" graduated to an ongoing series in May 2007, which included a Hack/Slash Annual collecting the web comic featuring the SuicideGirls photo shoot.[3]

On March 2010 it was announced at the Emerald City Comincon that creator Tim Seeley was taking Hack/Slash from Devil's Due Publications to Image Comics. The move came after news that Devil's Due was going through financial difficulties, with staff on all levels not being paid for several months. Tim Seeley allegedly did not receive his paycheck and thus was not able to pay his staff of artists and colourists. Hack/Slash's tenure at Devil's Due closed with issue #32, the final issue of Volume 1.

From September 2011, Hack/Slash was available digitally through Devil's Due Digital.

Image Comics and Volume 2Edit

Hack/Slash's first release through Image was the 4-part miniseries My First Maniac, which started in June 2010. It was followed by a second ongoing Hack/Slash series, which concluded in March 2013 with issue 25. Image Comics later published the complete Hack/Slash, including crossovers and the early Devil's Due issues, in five numbered 'omnibus editions'.[4]

Volume 3: Son of SamhainEdit

Beginning in July 2014, the first issue of a further five-issue miniseries, Son of Samhain, was released through Image. Tim Seeley did not work on the series, which was instead written by Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley, with art by Emilio Laiso.[5] in the volume Cassie became a bounty hunter and gained a new partner called Delroy [6]

Volume 4: ResurrectionEdit

In 2017, Tim revived the series under a new title with a new creative staff called Hack/Slash:Resurrection[7] with Tini Howard writing the series and Celor and K. Michael Russell on art duty, the series brought back fan favourite, Vlad, as well as crossing over with Vampirella [8] The series details a new road trip for Cassie and Vlad, with Cassie sick of leaving nothing but destruction in her wake [9] and Vlad excited to have a new chance at life.

CharactersEdit

Major charactersEdit

  • Cassandra "Cassie" Hack – A young woman who had to gun down her own mother who, after committing suicide rather than face justice for murdering a group of young boys who were bullying her daughter, returned to life as a slasher called "The Lunch Lady". Cassie now drifts around the United States in an old van, hunting slashers with her partner, Vlad.
  • Vlad – The enigmatic partner of Cassie, Vlad is a big, muscular, disfigured man, who wears a gas mask and brandishes two big meat cleavers. Met by Cassie when they were both stalking the "Meatman Killer", Cassie soon befriended him. There's not much known about Vlad, not even his full name, but he seems very aware of his unconventional looks, which prompts him to wear the gas mask (which, he says, protects him from the thin outside air he has been deprived of for 20 years – though he can be seen breathing without his mask too). According to Vlad, he was raised by a butcher who rescued him from a garbage can. The butcher served as his only human contact. He used comic books to teach Vlad to read; he also taught Vlad how to use knives to help him adjust to his deformities. When the butcher died, Vlad was forced to go outside where rumors of the Meat Man started and he eventually met Cassie. Vlad's relationship with Cassie is quite paternal, as Vlad seems utterly concerned with his "little one's" well being. Quite naive, but well-versed in strategy and battle skills, Vlad doubles as the "muscle" of the team, and as a sort of guardian for Cassie, counseling and comforting her when it's needed.

suporting charactersEdit

  • Chris Krank and Doctor Lisa Elsten – Lisa was introduced in Hack/Slash: Euthanized as the girlfriend of Kyle Bell. Chris appeared later in Hack/Slash: Land of Lost Toys #1 as the geeky roommate of Jason Michaels. Both survived the Slasher attacks in their respective stories and because of this reappeared in Hack/Slash vs. Chucky as two of the potential victims of Laura Lochs. They are now in a relationship and living together. Together they have formed Hack/Slash Inc, a website for Slasher survivors.
  • Margaret Crump aka Georgia Peaches – Georgia is a recurring character in Hack/Slash, who is currently a potential love interest for Cassie. Introduced in Hack/Slash #2 as a stripper who was a fan of the band, Acid Washed. Was sent to the hell dimension of Nef by the band along with Cassie as virgin sacrifices. During their time caged up together, Cassie and Georgia discussed Cassie's lack of a sex life and her orientation, which she is still unsure of. This led to Georgia suggesting that were they not chained up, they could have sex with each other in order to become "impure" and therefore escape. Since escaping from Nef, Cassie and Georgia have been keeping in touch by phoning each other every day. In Hack/Slash #8, Cassie fantasizes about kissing Georgia, suggesting that Georgia's previous suggestion about Cassie being bi may actually be correct. However, after several bad experiences with slashers Cassie breaks away from her to keep her safe. The two would later try to reconnect as lovers, but Georgia this time would move away.
  • Pooch – Pooch first appears in the "Shout at the Devil" arc as a spawn and servant of the Neflords, H. P. Lovecraft-esque entities which reproduce by impregnating virgins from Earth, whom they have abducted to their dimension of Nef. Resembling a demonic hairless dog, Pooch works under the Neflords' lieutenant Elvis Presley and, after his master is killed and Cassie and Georgia escape Nef, is sent to Earth to kill Cassie, but instead meets and befriends Chris and Lisa, who (reluctantly at first) let Pooch live with them. Pooch decides to abandon the Neflords and have Chris and Lisa as his new masters due to their kindness to him. In the arc "Closer", Pooch is severely injured while defending Chris and Lisa from another agent of the Neflords sent to kill him and Cassie, an agent which is later killed by Chris; Pooch's display of loyalty and bravery ultimately cause Chris and Lisa to realize how much he means to them, and the two have begun helping him to recuperate.
  • Cat Curio – Catherine "Cat" Curio was an intrepid young detective who was stabbed by a slasher known as Samhain at the age of ten. The attack nearly killed her, putting her into a coma for thirteen years. When she awoke again, she was still full of childlike enthusiasm and a passion for crime-solving. This eventually led to her crossing paths with Cassie Hack and Vlad. Though Cat is incredibly quirky and often gets on Cassie's nerves, she proves herself time and time again to be a valuable asset to the team. She eventually teams up with Pooch to form Cat and Dog Investigations.
  • Samhain – Samhain saved Cassie Hack from the Black Lamp Society murder attempt. He has no memory of his past life, except for his exceptional fighting skills and his hatred to the Society. He's trying to rescue Ava Park from the Black Lamp Society with the aid of Cassie and Vlad. Making his debut in issue #20, Samhain is a jack-o-lantern masked ex-slasher. His conscience restored as well as his lack of desire to commit meaningless murder like other slashers. In later issues, Samhain's face is revealed from behind the mask, and following his capture and re-programming by the Black Lamp Society in issues 24-25, he then once again becomes, albeit briefly, the deadliest slasher of all; he is then ordered and obeys in the killing of his love, Dr. Ava Park.This spell is only broken by a passionate kiss from Cassie which restores his mind back to his former pre-slasher default setting. But for Cassie, this also awakens something inside of her she didn't think possible, and in later issues is found to be deeply fantasizing about and desiring the masked man.Akakios is his true identity and is the main antagonist of the series.

SlashersEdit

Slashers (known to the government as "Revenants") are the beings that Cassie and Vlad hunt down. Slashers as a whole can be divided into two broad categories. The first and most common are the undead variety: These are people who died while filled with rage toward life, and somehow return from the dead filled with only that rage driving them to kill. While their exact abilities vary individually, all possess resistance to damage, and must suffer severe bodily harm to be killed. This kind can be controlled by the proper magics, and once their body has been sufficiently destroyed, usually stay dead. The other kind are people who are still alive, but are often insane and engage in Slasher behavior. They can be killed by normal means.

Army of Darkness crossoverEdit

A six-part crossover began in July 2013. Released by Dynamite Entertainment.[10] Featuring Ash Williams of the Evil Dead series. It takes place a few months after the end of volume 2 of Hack/Slash, though it is unclear whether or not it is canon to either series.

CollectionsEdit

Hack/Slash has been collected in the following trade paperbacks:

Title Material collected ISBN Date Released
Volume 1: First Cut Hack/Slash: Euthanized
Hack/Slash: Girls Gone Dead
Hack/Slash: Comic Book Carnage
ISBN 1-932796-42-8
ISBN 1-932796-87-8
October 12, 2005
January 31, 2007
Volume 2: Death By Sequel Hack/Slash: The Land of Lost Toys #1–3
Hack/Slash: Trailers
Hack/Slash: Slice Hard Prequel
Hack/Slash: Slice Hard
ISBN 1-932796-75-4 April 11, 2007
Volume 3: Friday the 31st Hack/Slash Vs. Chucky
Hack/Slash #1–4
ISBN 1-934692-00-X October 15, 2007
Volume 4: Revenge of the Return Hack/Slash #5–10 ISBN 1-934692-18-2 June 29, 2008
Volume 5: Reanimation Games Hack/Slash #11
non-crossover parts of Hack/Slash #12–13
Hack/Slash #14–17
Hack/Slash Annual
ISBN 1-934692-44-1 March 18, 2009
Volume 6: In Revenge and In Love Hack/Slash #18-23
Hack/Slash: Entry Wound
ISBN 1-934692-68-9 July 29, 2009
Volume 7: New Blood Old Wounds Hack/Slash #24-28
Vlad and Cassie vs. Bloody Mary
ISBN 1-934692-83-2 January 27, 2010
Volume 8: Super Sidekick Sleepover Slaughter Hack/Slash #29-32
Hackoween
ISBN 1-60706-291-7 September, 2010
My First Maniac Hack/Slash:My First Maniac #1-4
ISBN 1-60706-338-7 January 5, 2011
Volume 9: Torture Prone Hack/Slash Annual #2
Hack/Slash Vol. 2 #1-4
ISBN 1-60706-409-X September 14, 2011
Volume 10: Dead Celebrities Hack/Slash Vol.2 #5-8
Hack/Slash Annual 3: HATCHET/SLASH
ISBN 1-60706-508-8 February 1, 2012
Volume 11: Marry, F**k, Kill Hack/Slash Volume 2 #9-15 ISBN 1-60706-656-4 January 15, 2013
Volume 12: Dark Sides Hack/Slash Volume 2 #16-19
Hack/Slash vs. Mercy Sparx
ISBN 1-60706-731-5 April 30, 2013
Volume 13: Final Hack/Slash Volume 2 #20-25 ISBN 1-60706-747-1 July 9, 2013
Omnibus Vol. 1 Hack/Slash: Euthanized
Hack/Slash: Girls Gone Dead
Hack/Slash: Comic Book Carnage
Hack/Slash Vs. Evil Ernie
Hack/Slash: The Land of Lost Toys #1–3
Hack/Slash: Trailers
Hack/Slash: Slashing Through the Snow (previously unpublished)
Hack/Slash: Slice Hard Prequel
Hack/Slash: Slice Hard
Hack/Slash Vs. Chucky
ISBN 1-934692-08-5 January 1, 2008
Omnibus Vol. 2 Hack/Slash #1–11
non-crossover parts of Hack/Slash #12–13
Hack/Slash #14–17
Hack/Slash Annual
ISBN 1-934692-57-3 April 22, 2009
Omnibus Vol. 3 Hack/Slash #18-32
Hack/Slash: Entry Wound
HACKoween
Living Corpse Annual
ISBN 1-60706-275-5 December 21, 2010
Omnibus Vol. 4 Hack/Slash Vol.2 #1-11
Hack/Slash: Annuals 2-3
ZOMBIES VS. CHEERLEADERS
2011 Holiday Special
ISBN 1-60706-526-6 June 12, 2012
Omnibus Vol. 5 Hack/Slash Vol.2 #12-25
HACK/SLASH vs. MERCY SPARX
ISBN 1-60706-741-2 June 18, 2013
Son of Samhain Vol. 1 Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain #1-5 ISBN 978-1632152442 February 3, 2015
Resurrection Vol. 1 Hack/Slash: Resurrection #1-6 ISBN 978-1534306660 April 25, 2018

AdaptationsEdit

The possibility of Hack/Slash being made into a live-action film by Rogue was discussed by director Todd Lincoln, writer Martin Schenk, series creator Tim Seeley, and others at the 2006 San Diego Comic Convention, to be released in 2008. In 2012, Marcus Nispel, who directed Conan the Barbarian remake, was revealed to have agreed to helm the film for Relativity and Rogue.[11] In October 2015 Relativity Television announced that the series would instead be adapted into a television series and would be written by Skip Woods, who would serve as executive producer alongside Adrian Askarieh, who first optioned it in 2005.[12][13] As of 2018, there have been no updates on the prospective series, causing outlets such as [/Film /Film] to assume that the series is in development hell.[14]

Stage playsEdit

The series was turned into two stage play. The 2005 production Hack/Slash: Stage Fright utilized comic book panel simulation and adapted the "Euthanized" and "Girls Gone Dead" storylines.[15] The Chicago Tribune criticized the production for "choppy collection of scenes separated by extended blackouts, during which the cast needlessly carts on and off a pair of black cubes that double as furniture", while praising Stefani Bishop's acting as Cassie.[16] CBR was more overall favorable of Stage Fright, praising the actors for Cassie and Vlad (Adam Mack), as well as stating that "Just like the comic it’s been adapted from, the play is a loving tribute to those great and “so awful they’re spectacular” horror films."[15]

A play simply titled "Hack/Slash" ran with the Strangeloop Theatre and CIC Theater in Chicago and played from September 12 through November 1 of 2014.[17][18] This play adapted various sections from the plot to develop a story while directly coordinating with the author of the original content, Tim Seeley.

Other mediaEdit

Cassie has appeared in her own SuicideGirls pictorial.[19]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Hack/Slash Gets Reanimated in August Archived 2009-02-06 at the Wayback Machine., Newsarama, May 27, 2008
  2. ^ Seeley talks Hack/Slash, Re-Animator Crossover, Comic Book Resources, August 20, 2008
  3. ^ Hacking and Slashing with the Suicide Girls, Newsarama, August 3, 2008
  4. ^ Comicvine.com
  5. ^ Image Comics
  6. ^ https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/hack-slash-son-of-samhain-2]
  7. ^ https://comicvine.gamespot.com/hackslash-resurrection/4050-105530/
  8. ^ https://www.newsarama.com/38618-cassie-vampi-team-up-finally-in-hack-slash-vs-vampirella-5-preview.html
  9. ^ Hack/Slash: Resurrection #8 (Jun. 2018)
  10. ^ Bloody Disgusting
  11. ^ Borys Kit (June 28, 2012). "'Conan' Director Marcus Nispel Takes On Horror-Action Movie 'Hack/Slash' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  12. ^ "'Hack/Slash' Hacking Up Slashers on Television!!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  13. ^ Kit, Borys (15 October 2015). "Horror Comic Hack/Slash Heading to TV With Hitman Writer (Exclusive)". hollywoodreporter.com. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  14. ^ "The Case For a Hack/Slash Movie". /Film. 2017-06-23. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  15. ^ a b Richards, Dave (2005-10-23). "Review: "Hack/Slash: Stage Fright" Chicago Style Grand Guignol". CBR News: The Comic Wire. Retrieved 2007-07-29.
  16. ^ Metz, Nina (October 7, 2005). "`Week' feels too long; `Hack' a little choppy". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  17. ^ Reid, Kerry. "All Hallows' shows: 18 titles for Halloween". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  18. ^ "Hack/Slash". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  19. ^ Cassie's SuicideGirls Page

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