Hack/Slash #1


May 2007 | Devil’s Due

Writing: Tim Seeley
Art: Emily Stone
Colour: Courtney Via
Letters: Brian J. Crowley.
Cover: Time Seeley | Stefano Caselli

Cassie used herself as bait to get close to a slasher. While in captivity and being tortured, she has flashbacks to her past.

Hack/Slash is another one of those series which I have collected and scarcely read any of. I honestly don’t know how it happens other than my collection growing quicker than I can read. On the plus, I should never run out of anything to read.

Getting down to it, I really like it. I like Cassandra and her sweet killer lunch lady mom that would butcher up all the stupids that messed with her daughter. That’s devotion for you. I also really like Vlad. He’s a loveable Jason-like character and I like his manner of speech. He’s adorable.

It was a bit of a strange issue, having the flashbacks in the middle, which made things seem a little disjointed and drawn out, but it had a point and after the slasher was dealt with, things moved right along and introduced us to the next target.

I have no idea if Hack/Slash is still going, but that’s all right. I have thirty some issues to read before I hunt for more.

The Zombies that Ate the World #1

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2009 | Devils Due Publishing

Writing: Jerry Frissen
Art: Guy Davis
Colour: Charlie Kirchoff
Letters: Jerry Frissen

A Domestic Drama In A Suburban Hell

The dead aren’t staying dead anymore and they live with us just as they did when they were living. They aren’t dead. They’re life-impaired and it’s quite the problem for one suburban family trying to get rid of grandpa, but cremation is illegal. That won’t stop them, though. They have a plan.

Wow. It gave me a funny feeling seeing a typical suburbia family with a dead grandpa sitting in the family room. Equally strange feelings when his boys shot him in the head arguing that it’s all right because he’s dead.

And then there’s there’s the scene where he’s gettin’ it on with his wife and grandpa tries to join in and I realize just how much of a problem grandpa is and how wonderful he is.

Those street punks with the huge boom box was a bit disturbing. I wonder what all the addicts and drunks would be like as zombies. I can’t imagine there being much of a difference, though perhaps they’re more mellowed out.

I’m so in love with this comic I don’t know what to say. The writing, the story, the art, everything is just so amazing. I love how as this family is dealing with it’s problem, we get radio reports about religion. A believer convinced it’s the work of god and Christ’s return. Later, there’s reports of his body going missing and people going nuts in Jerusalem. Really good stuff.

I also love how in dealing with the problem, his wife dies of shock and he wants to get rid of her too. I can imagine why, since you see him dressed in nothing buy his g-string making the phone call.

That nerdy, acne ridden zombie killer guy is creepy.

A woman.

Dead or alive, what’s the difference.

Dead Girl Superstar

This eccentric rich man collects famous zombies, and our hunter s are off to collect Franka Kozik, a star of zombie films, to add to his collection.

This is the second story in this book and it’s given me weird feeling again when Neard and his sister Maggie are talking about what their anus looks like and how surprised Neard is that she doesn’t know what her own looks like. For what reason, I don’t know. I don’t want to know. I have a feeling I will eventually know.

And that ridiculous goatee you’re trying to grow! What the fuck? What’s that for? It looks like you ate a bunch of centipedes and forgot to wipe your mouth!

It’s so wonderful how these siblings bicker. They are perfect for this book.

Another wonderful moment was seeing Franka Kozic sitting with the naked man in her arms. The top of his head is gone and she’s just reaching into his brains and munching on them like some television snack. Perfect!

I’m a bit worried about the regenerated dinosaur the two went to see. That seems like a very bad idea.

This book read way too quickly and I’m not sure I can wait for more. I almost wish I stumbled on this when the TPB came out just so I would have had a larger chunk to digest all at once. Ah well. This is wonderful stuff and it’s certainly getting added to my pull list.

Zen Intergalactic Ninja #0

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Oct 2008 | Devil’s Due Publishing

Created By: Steve Stern | Dan Cote
Writing: Joe Casey
Pencils: Lee Ferguson
Colour: Felix Serrano

By: Robert V. Conte | Christopher G. Scalf

The Almighty Unexpected

Zen is a rejected test-tube baby turned mercenary hoping to find his true destiny. After taking care of business, he jumps through a wormhole and we get some homies staring into space.

I only picked this up because I remembered playing the videogame long, long ago. I don’t think I ever beat it, and I really don’t remember anything about it other than the title. I never read the old comic, either. Great reason to pick up a book, eh? Yeah, don’t answer that.

A few pages in we have a severed alien head leaking purple blood on the floor. It can’t be too bad, now, can it? Uh. Actually, yes and it’s all the writing. Unnecessary exposition describing something or his actions. We don’t need it. We can see what’s going on. We don’t need those words to break up the action. If you’re really going to do it, give it a purpose. Not ever panel needs a bubble, and the writing isn’t very compelling, either. Since I haven’t read the old comics, I’ve got nothing to compare it to, so I couldn’t say whether this is better, or worse. Either way, I’m not continuing.

I should also mention there’s a piece discussing how this book came to be and it has a few screen shots of the game and synopsis unearthing memories that should have remained buried.

What’s that? You don’t remember? Here, let me share the pain with you. Zen and some kid see all the pollution destroying the world and trace it back to the horribly evil Dr. Contanimous. With a mastermind named that and bosses like Sulfura, and Garbageman, do you really want to play? Didn’t think so.

Some things should never be revived and this seems like one of them. I’m actually scared to see what the old stuff is like considering reboots always come with unspoken higher-quality intentions.

I’m so put-off by this comic, I couldn’t even get to the bonus story. This is the first book in Super Nice’s short history that I couldn’t finish.

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