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Hack/Slash: Land of Lost Toys #1-- ADVANCE REVIEW

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Hack/Slash: Land of Lost Toys #1-- ADVANCE REVIEW

Credits

  • Words: Tim Seeley
  • Art: Dave Crosland
  • Inks: Dave Crosland
  • Colors: Katie DeSousa
  • Story Title: The Land of Lost Toys
  • Price: $3.25
  • Release Date: Nov 23, 2005

Cassie and Vlad, enemies of slashers everywhere, face an opponent not wholly of this world.

Having survived an attack by her own psychotic mother, Cassie Hack has devoted her life to hunting down slashers and serial killers. Assisting her is her towering partner, Vlad, a deformed creature with a penchant for gas masks. On their latest case, they travel to a small suburban neighborhood where children are mysteriously dying in their sleep. A local conspiracy theorist believes this is the work of a slasher who targets victims in their sleep. But a darker, supernatural force may be the actual cause…

Hack/Slash is not really the sort of comic I would normally buy though the story in this issue proved to be relatively strong. There is an amusingly dark sense of humor to this book, from the somewhat ludicrous crusade of its main characters to Cassie’s snarky personality and Vlad’s monosyllabic social awkwardness. The story also showcases several distressing dream sequences that create nice reversals of our expectations. Dreams of childlike whimsy or heroic wish fulfillment suddenly take an about-face and go down a much more frightening path. I may never look at My Little Pony the same way again.

Dave Crosland’s stylized art takes obvious influence from animation but retains a loose rubbery quality that is all his own. Cassie is both cute and a little scary at times and Crosland’s Vlad looks like a slightly friendlier version of Frankenstein’s monster crossed with E.T. I’m not sure what Vlad’s story is or why he loves that gas mask so much but in Crosland’s rendition, I took to the character right away. Crosland also seems to have had a lot of fun drawing the character Jason and his room. Jason is a walking geek cliché and his basement quarters are littered with toys, posters, and memorabilia. Colorist Katie DeSousa gives each scene a unique look, be it a dark misty graveyard or a vibrant childlike dream.

As I said, this comic is not of a genre I usually read and the violence (though often just inferred) is a bit disturbing in places but for those who enjoy a good slasher/horror story with supernatural components, Hack/Slash should be right up their alley.

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