Hack / Slash

Hack / Slash  is a comic book series, from lancé Several one shots of the Sámi name, published by Image Comics (previously by Devil’s Due Publishing ). The series was created by writer and sometime poking 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.

Publication history

Devil’s Due and Volume 1

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

2005 saw the one-shot  Comic Book Carnage  and the stars series, 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, 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 to 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 Was and penciled by Matt Merhoff .. Seeley penciled the new portion 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 contains 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 the news that it was going to be financially difficult, with the staff not being paid for several months. Tim Seeley allegedly did not receive his paycheck and was 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 2

Hack / Slash’s first release through Image was the 4-part miniseries  My First Maniac  , which started in June 2010. Hack / Slash series, which concluded in March 2013 with issue.  Hack / Slash  , including crossovers and the early Devil’s Due issues, in five edition omnibus editions.  [4]

Volume 3

Beginning in July 2014, the first issue of a 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]

Characters

Major characters

  • Cassandra “Cassie” Hack – A young woman who had to be a gun girl, who was committed to commit suicide before the murder of a group of young men 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 is no doubt about him, 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 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 how to use his skills. When the butcher died, Vlad was forced to go to where the rumors of the Meat Man started and he eventually puts 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 has a lot of guardian for Cassie, counseling and comforting when it’s needed.

Minor characters

  • 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 feeling the hell of Nef by the band along with Cassie as virgin sacrifices. Cassie and Georgia discussed Cassie’s lack of sex life and her orientation , which she is still unsure of. They believed they were not chained up, they could have 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. The two would like 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, HP 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’ Lt. Elvis PresleyCassie 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. Poop decided 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 to kill him and Cassie, an agent who is later killed by Chris; Pooch’s display of loyalty and bravery, and Chris and Lisa’s ultimate success.
  • 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 almost killed her, putting her into a coma for thirteen years. When she awoke again, she was still full of child-like enthusiasm and a passion for crime-solving. This eventually led to her crossing paths with Cassie Hack and Vlad. Cat is in the process of getting better and better. She eventually teams up with Pooch to form Cat and Dog Investigations.  [6]
  • Samhain – Samhain saved Cassie Hack from the Black Lamp Society 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 help of Cassie and Vlad. Making his debut in issue # 20, Samhain is a jack-o-lantern masked ex-slasher. His conscience has been restored to a lesser degree. In later issues, Samhain’s Face 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; Ava Park, Dr.

This spell is broken down by a passionate kiss from Cassie which restores his mind back to his pre-slasher training default setting. But for Cassie, this also seems to be something that can not be thought of, and it is in the process of becoming more and more important.

Slashers

Slashers (known as “Revenants”) are the creatures that Cassie and Vlad hunt down. Slashers as a whole. The first and most common are those who died while being raged towards life, and somehow returning from the dead only 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 is the place to be, and the body has been destroyed, usually stay dead. The other kind are people who are still alive, but are often insane and engaged in Slasher behavior. They can be killed by normal means.

Pop culture icon characters

  • Chucky : The serial killer possessed doll from the  Child’s Play  movies.
  • Wizard of Oz : The Lion, the Scarecrow, and the Tin-Man are featured.
  • The Suicide Girls : The tattooed models from the SuicideGirls website.
  • Herbert West : HP Lovecraft inspired Herbert West from the Re-Animator movies is featured in the main story line.  [7]
  • Victor Crowley: Adam Green’s Victor Crowley of the Hatchet movie series is featured in a Hack / Slash annual.  [8]
  • Dexter Morgan and Jason Voorhees : Dexter Morgan and Jason Voorhees unofficially crossover with Cassie and Vlad we have 2-pg spread Tim Seeley released on Deviantart.com.  [9]

Army of Darkness  crossover

A six-part crossover started in July 2013. Released by Dynamite Entertainment .  [10]  Featuring Ash Williams of the  Evil Dead  series.

Collections

See also: List of Hack / Slash story bows

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: Dead Gone Girls 
Hack / Slash: Carnage Comic Book
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: 
Hack / Slash  Trailers  : Slice Hard  Hack  Prequel 
/ Slash: Hard Slice
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: Dead Gone Girls 
Hack / Slash: Carnage Comic Book 
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: Hard Slice Hard 
Hack / Slash: Hard Slice 
Hack / Slash Vs. Chucky
ISBN  1-934692-08-5 January 1, 2008
Omnibus Vol. 2 Hack / Slash  # 1-11
non-crossover shares 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: 
HACKoween  Living Corpse Annual  Entry Wound
ISBN  1-60706-275-5 December 28, 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 May 22, 2012
Omnibus Vol. 5 Hack / Slash  Vol.2 # 12-25
HACK / SLASH vs. MERCY SPARX
ISBN  1-60706-741-2 May, 2013
Son of Samhain Vol. 1 Hack / Slash: Son of Samhain  # 1-5 ISBN  978-1632152442 February 2015

Television

Relativity Television announced in October 2015 that it is developing a  Hack / Slash  television series, to be written by Skip Woods .  [11]

Other media

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 movie for Relativity and Rogue .  [12]  As of October 2015, Adrian Askarieh, who first made it in 2005.  [13]

In September 2010, HALO 8 Entertainment announced they would be releasing an “illustrated movie” based on the  first Maniac  miniseries in 2011, an additional adaptation of the  Loaded Bible  , another Tim Seeley project. The film was set to be directed by Matt Pizzolo .  [14]  This venture also has not yet come to fruition.

Hack / Slash: “Hack / Slash: Stage Fright”, which is a comic book and an adaptation of the “Euthanized” and “Girls Gone Dead” storylines, and a play simply titled “Hack / Slash “with the Strangeloop Theater and the CIC Theater in Chicago, which played by September 12 through November 1 of 2014. This article is only available from Tim Seeley.  [15]

Cassie has appeared in her own SuicideGirls pictorial.  [16]

Notes

  1. Jump up^  Hack / Slash Gets Reanimated in August Archived2009-02-06 at theWayback Machine.,Newsarama, May 27, 2008
  2. Jump up^  Seeley talks Hack / Slash, Crossover Re-Animator,Comic Book Resources, August 20, 2008
  3. Jump up^  Hacking and Slashing with the Suicide Girls,Newsarama, August 3, 2008
  4. Jump up^  http://www.comicvine.com/hackslash-omnibus/4050-36766/
  5. Jump up^  https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/hack-slash-son-of-samhain-vol.-1-tp
  6. Jump up^  Seeley, Tim(2004) Hack / Slash comic series. Devil’s Due Publishing,Tim Seeley(2010) Hack / Slash comic series. Image Comics
  7. Jump up^  Seeley, Tim(2004) Hack / Slash comic series. Devil’s Due Publishing,Tim Seeley(2010) Hack / Slash comic series. Image Comics
  8. Jump up^  Seeley, Tim(2004) Hack / Slash comic series. Devil’s Due Publishing,Tim Seeley(2010) Hack / Slash comic series. Image Comics
  9. Jump up^  Seeley, Tim(2004) Hack / Slash comic series. Devil’s Due Publishing,Tim Seeley(2010) Hack / Slash comic series. Image Comics
  10. Jump up^  http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3228054/army-of-darkness-finally-crosses-paths-with-hackslash-this-summer/
  11. Jump up^   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 .
  12. Jump up^   Borys Kit (June 28, 2012). ” ‘ Conan’ Director Marcus Nispel Takes On Horror-Action Movie ‘Hack / Slash’ (Exclusive)” .  The Hollywood Reporter  . Retrieved June 28, 2011 .
  13. Jump up^  http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3365874/hackslash-hacking-up-slashers-on-television/
  14. Jump up^  “OMFG Of The Day: Halo-8 To Adapt  Hack / Slash  For Illustrated Film Format!” . Bloody Disgusting. 2010-09-13 . Retrieved 2010-09-14 .
  15. Jump up^   Richards, Dave (2005-10-23). “Review:” Hack / Slash: Stage Fright “Chicago Style Grand Guignol” . CBR News: The Comic Wire . Retrieved 2007-07-29 .
  16. Jump up^  Cassie’s SuicideGirls Page

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