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Hack/Slash/Eva #1

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Hack/Slash/Eva #1

Credits

  • Words: Brandon Jerwa
  • Art: Cezar Razek
  • Colors: Salvatore Aiala
  • Story Title: Monster's Ball - Part 1
  • Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release Date: May 25, 2011

Cassie Hack, self-appointed slasher-slasher, is once again running into the threats of other universes. Coming soon after she found herself in battle with the Bomb Queen, Cassie’s now teaming up with Eva, God-appointed demon-slayer. Together, they'll have to stop the dangerous power of the Philosopher's Stone and its ability to bring beasts to life.

When it comes to a crossover, such an approach can always be interesting, especially if you're not well versed in one of the individual stories. Unless you happen to be a reader of both titles that are being thrown in the blender, you'll likely be missing out on a few plot points, unless front matter or expeditionary dialogue, both awkward, explain backgrounds. Thankfully, Hack/Slash/Eva manages to cover most of the bases in the first issue. Cassie Hack's out to fight the traditional horror movie bad guys alongside her lumbering, green-skin monsteresque ally Vlad. Eva's out to fight the demons that lurk in the night alongside her lumbering, green-skin monster-esque ally Michael.The parallels, while unintentional, are played up and contrasted here to enjoyable effect.   

Sadly, despite such an entertaining, if obvious, story point, the rest of the book lumbers confusingly. Eva, apparent "Daughter of the Dragon", can survive an otherwise mortal wound without much explanation. Michael, meanwhile, appears to be possibly the real monster crafted by Frankenstein, or else shares too many parallels with the classical character to be fully original. Likewise, a traditional problem of crossovers emerges: Eva's easily the lesser known character in the book, and beyond a one-sentence description before the story starts, it's up to the viewer to infer things. Even a casual search online doesn't help someone trying to figure out the character. Yet, much like the other horror crossover Freddy VS. Jason, you don't explicitly need to know all that's going on to have a fun story, and the rest of the miniseries may help fill in the gaps.

Cezar Razek's art works, doing his best to bring some B-movie theatrics and design work to an appropriately-moody monster mash. Thankfully, despite the fact that Cassie and Eva could theoretically be alternate universe versions of one another, there's enough distinguishing features that prevent confusion.  

Hack/Slash/Eva is an enjoyable book for fans of the titular first two-thirds, but confounds those same fans on the last third. Eva fans unaware of Hack/Slash may be likewise confused. Looking past all that, it's an enjoyable start of a monster slayer mash-up.

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