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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics; 01 edition (11 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160706605X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607066057
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 1.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,063,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stefano Caselli is Full Professor of Banking and Finance at Bocconi University.


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I know what you might be thinking looking at the cover: "Not another vaguely Goth comic." And you'd be wrong, actually.

Hack/Slash is one of the smartest independent comics to hit the shelves recently, with its neat twist on Scream-esque slasher flick irony, best exemplified in the beginning of the very first issue. There are your Freddy/Jason/Michael Myers types walking around, dubbed "Slashers", and it's up to heroine Cassie Hack to stop them, along with her sidekick Vlad.

Of course, it's got more to it than that - Cassie's mother was a Slasher herself, and Vlad was assumed to be one due to his hulking, deformed appearance, but those are basically there to get things going in the first issue, so you get an idea for what's going on. And, as with a lot of initial one-shots, the Euthanized issue is an OK set-up, but doesn't offer much depth.

However, the next two issues are where Hack/Slash really got into gear, and it shows. Firstly, there's the Girls Gone Dead issue set in Florida, with sorority girls being offed during the annual Girls Gone Naughty spring break week. This issue drops the po-facedness of the first and offers some smart (and occasionally odd) flashes of humour and shades in Cassie's character a lot better. The third issue, Comic Book Carnage, is a non-too-subtle jab at comic fanboys as comic writers (including Robert Kirkman of The Walking Dead fame) are targeted by somebody with a grudge as one of their favourite characters is re-imagined in a more "mature" manner at a comics convention.
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Thank you great product and very fast delivery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Violent, sexy fun for horror-movie fans! 27 Oct. 2005
By Eddie Vertigo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Alright, the book description and tagline on the cover "The slasher victim slashes back!" sums it up pretty well, so I'll offer some helpful details if you're still on the fence as to wether this is for you.

First off, the artwork is very high quality. One team illustrated the first story, while another team illustrated the remaining two stories. The style in the first story is dark and sketchy, with a painted look to it. The other two stories share a crisp, animated television show look to them. So both styles are different, but very good. The artists and colorists have really captured the expressiveness of the characters, the proper mood for various scenes, and the right amount of bloody gore.

Not only are the visuals fun, but the writing is good, too. Yes, it's B-movie horror stuff, but it's really good B-movie horror stuff. The origins of the monsters are creative, the dialogue is funny and inventive, and the characters themselves are actually interesting, especially the main character Cassie Hack. She could have easily been a one-note character, but instead has a surprising amount of depth to her. Yes, she can be a kick-ass, sarcastic killing machine, but she also has her moments of doubt, fear, and even embarrassment. She even opens up a couple of times to her friend Vlad about why she does what she does. So these two characters, who I thought would be simple and generic, end up being surprisingly likeable and easy to relate to.

So the artwork and writing are fun, so what about everything else not mentioned? Like what ages could this be for? There is violence and cursing, but no graphic nudity or sex, so it's somewhere between the PG-13 and R-rated areas of entertainment. In other words, it'd be fine for teenagers, but not kids, in my opinion. Then there are the bonus materials. The art gallery and sketches are a nice bonus, plus pictures & info of the play that was performed by the Millennium Theatre Company are pretty cool! On a personal note, I love the fact that on the back are pictures of the main creators of the graphic novel. It's nice to see what these talented people look like. Tim Seeley (creator/writer), Stefano Caselli (co-creator/artist), Sunder Raj (colorist), Federica Manfredi (penciler/colorist), and the rest of the team did a really great job, because I really enjoyed reading this.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars good ideas but clunky execution 26 Aug. 2008
By R. Barnes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have just read the first TPB of Hack/Slash and though I enjoyed reading it, I did have some issues with the book. The art is good by mainstream comic book standards. However, I disagree with other reviewers that the art is spooky or sinister. The action moves so fast that there is no chance for the artwork to create a spooky ambiance (unlike say 28 days of night). The concept behind the book has promise (a post-modern take on the slasher genre with lots of self-referential comments and humor) but the writing is clunky. As a for instance, the author wants to tell reader about the history of the main character. There are subtle ways to do this and it could have been drawn out(in order to draw the reader in to the story). However, the author just has the buddy of the main character ask her, "so why do you do what you do?" The main character then goes off on a monolog that tells us all we need to know. The background is actually kind of funny, but the way it spills out in the monolog flattens the humor somewhat. Also, the clunkiness of the dialog grates at times. There are other examples of plodding exposition where the material in the exposition could have been delivered in a more interesting way and in a way that didn't upset the flow of the story. The book makes for a fun hour's reading, but it is not a great comic.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SLASHER OF A GOOD TIME! 22 Nov. 2005
By Tim Janson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
With a genuine appreciation of slasher films of the 1980's comes Hack Slash: The First Cut from Devil's Due Publishing. Filled with all of the great clichés of those camp classics, Hack Slash is a fitting tribute to this favorite horror genre. Collected here are the stories of "slasher hunter" Cassie Hack, herself the daughter of a slasher known as "The Lunch Lady", who spends her days hunting down these serial killers accompanied by her hulking, misshapen partner Vlad. The book is filled with equal parts horror and humor as the pair hunt down a trio of gruesome killers. While the book may appear from the cover to just be another "scantily clad hot chick kicking butt" it's not...well it is, but it's not.

Writer Tim Seeley's irreverent tone keeps the stories moving at breakneck speed. In the first tale, Cassie and Vlad journey to a town where a mysterious figure is using undead animals to attack the locals. We soon find out that the figure is, or was, Bobby Brunswick, a mentally retarded employee at a vet's office that was the source of bullying by other locals until a prank went horribly wrong. Now Bobby is back from the grave with a legion of euthanized pets all ready to do his bidding and help him get revenge.

In the second tale, a goody-two shoes college girl whose boyfriend had an affair with another girl over spring break has used a dark book of magic to gain control over a true fire and brimstone, not to mention dead, man of the cloth to carry out her vendetta against the tramps and trollops of spring break. The third tale takes Cassie and Vlad to the "Whizzer World Philadelphia" convention where a serial killer is stalking comic creators Steve Niles, Skottie Young and model/artist Messy Stench. With a few well placed barbs at Wizard Magazine...and their show employees, this story dredges up the most loathsome serial killer yet. And yes...Steve Niles dies!!! Violent, but amusingly so.

Hack Slash was a truly a treat to read. It's not too often you find a graphic novel that is just plain fun to read these days. Any fan of slasher films will certainly enjoy the book. The art by Stefano Caselli and Federica Manfredi is very good without trying to go over the top. The book features an excellent pin-up gallery as well.

Reviewed by Tim Janson
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts out great, then tapers off 26 April 2010
By T. Link - Published on Amazon.com
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Great cover art and the first story is excellent. The artwork by Stefano Caselli is beautiful, kind of painted and sketchy which really adds to the mood. If the art was consistent throughout I would have given this volume 5 stars. However, in the remaining stories another artist with a generic style takes over. It's not necessarily bad - just a different feel and a step or two down from what kicked off the series. And the final story is just cornball, involving some of the creators as characters at a comic con. I suppose it was fun for them to do but really not much fun to read. Overall a series with promise but hopefully the quality of the other volumes are more consistent.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun 27 July 2007
By J. Shepherd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A great comic book for horror fans. The books is composed of three main stories, each one is like a miniature slasher movie but with a couple of "slasher slayers" thrown in to the mix to aid the unfortunate targets of these undead serial killers. The idea is very interesting, especially if you're a fan of the 80's style hack and slash horror flicks. The characters are interesting, the artwork is great, there's a good amount of violence in usual slasher movie fashion. If you like horror comics, check this out.
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