"Hack / Slash: Resurrection #2" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Image Comics
Written by Tini Howard
Illustrated by Celor
Colored by K. Michael Russell
2017, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on November 29th, 2017
Cassie Hack has been through some tough times in her life. Now she's given an opportunity to help others who have suffered similar hardships at Camp Indigo River, described as “a self-actualizing outdoor learning experience for kids and tweens who have been affected by violent crime and supernatural experiences.” It's basically a camp where the counselors train the kids to fight off Jason Voorhees instead of running away and getting killed. When the place is attacked by some zombies, Cassie gets out her trusty bat and springs into action.
This counselor gig could not have come at a better time for Cassie. She has been reclusive since the death of her friend, Vlad, and this has forced her back into the world; most importantly with others who have seen horrible violence and bloodshed. They probably haven't witnessed as much as she has, but it's still enough to traumatize someone.
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There's a healthy mix of horror and comedy throughout Hack / Slash: Resurrection. For example, some of the counselors stage an ambush on the kids to prepare them for attacks. Cassie is unaware this isn't a real threat and clobbers one in the head. Writer Tini Howard provides a great pace for the comic in this way, controlling the scares and laughs like adjusting the volume knobs on a stereo.
Artist Celor is a nice fit for Hack / Slash. His artwork is less cheesecakey than the likes of Zombie Tramp, with Cassie decked out in a comfortable sweatshirt and jeans. Laurie serves as a nice complement to Cassie. She may appear as a typical sexy college co-ed, but she's not going to end up like the usual counselors in a Friday the 13th movie. She wields an ax like a pro and does it with a smile.
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There's a great zombie battle that Celor excellently choreographs. The panels where attacks occur are given an additional intensity. K. Michael Russell's colors make these shots pop on the page, putting an incremental impact to each swing of a bat or ax. These stand out among the otherwise cool, somber tones of the earlier nighttime scenes as Cassie gets acquainted with her new surroundings.
Hack / Slash: Resurrection is a welcome return for Cassie Hack. It puts her in some familiar territory for horror fans and one that's fitting for the character. She would be right at home at Camp Crystal Lake, although Jason would have to think twice before attacking her. Cassie would definitely give him a run for his money. This could have been just a cool side story. Instead, it ties closely to Cassie's past, creating a more personal tale.