Review: ‘Hoax Hunters’ #6

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Loaded with smart satire and solid writing, Hoax Hunters #6 follows a brand new mystery with its well-developed protagonists. For newcomers, this is a great introduction to the “Hoax Hunters” series. If you are already a fan, the series continues to show plenty of potential.

WRITTEN BY: Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley
ART BY: Axel Medellin
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: January 16th, 2013

The Hoax Hunters, a group of debunkers, have been protecting innocent lives by telling them lies. Every episode of their reality TV show is set out to prove there is no such thing as creatures like Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman, and the Loch Ness Monster. But the reality is, the Hoax Hunters are real paranormal investigators trying to stop the spread of the supernatural. Now, they meet another group of paranormal investigators, the Hoax Hunters Hunters, who want to prove the show is a sham. While the Hunters are being investigated, they are having problems within their own team.

The opening pages, which seem straight out of an X-Files episode, will definitely hook anyone. To see if the Hauncheyville urban legend is actually true, a high-school nerd has to toss a garden gnome into the woods and wait for something to happen. What they discover is something truly evil is lurking in the woods, committing grisly murders.

Because this is a new story arc, Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley do their best to introduce their characters for new readers. From Jack to Regan, each protagonist has to pretend to be someone else, while keeping their secret guarded. To keep the mystery afloat, the Hoax Hunters Hunters have their own agenda as to why they want to disprove the Hoax Hunters.

Artist Axel Medellin nicely blends horror and broad comedy, especially when the humor is aimed at popular culture. In the opening pages, notice the mascot on the football jock’s jacket (it’s The Hulk hiking the ball). The convention scenes are tongue-in-cheek, especially during the Q & A portion. Medellin always hits the right comedic notes with his close-ups, which have hilarious facial expressions.

There is an interesting scene between Regan and the Hoax Hunters’ producer, Donovan. There are many layers of subtext during their conversation. What is supposed to look like a romantic date is really a battle of wits. Medellin illustrates Donovan with a calm and reserved attitude as he plants seeds of doubt into Regan’s mind. To keep up appearances in public, Regan has to look like she is having a fun time, but she knows Donovan is playing with her.

Readers will definitely be glued to the new mystery in “Hoax Hunters” #6. If you haven’t already, this is a the perfect issue to start reading the series.

Rating: 4/5 skulls

Reviewed by – Jorge Solis