As the countdown of the series’ last issues inevitably continues, Hack/Slash #23 promises lots of twist and turns, while the action heats up. With all the important players gathering, an epic war is about to take place. You definitely don’t want to miss out on the slasher slayers’ last stand.
WRITTEN BY: Tim Seeley
ART BY: Elena Casagrande
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: January 28th, 2013
In the previous issue, writer Tim Seeley was focused on building the somber atmosphere of grief and mourning. Very little action took place as Seeley built up on the drama, and spent time with his characters expressing their emotions. Because it is now time for nasty revenge, Seeley lets loose on the blood and action. Seeley delivers these intense car chases, as Cassie and Vlad have to stop the two soda trucks driving across the highways. Cassie is dodging bullets while the truck screeches, flips over, and explodes.
One of the scenes that stand out occurs in the opening pages. In the backyard, Vlad is teaching self-defense to Gertrude. During their session, Gertrude mentions she would be better off using a gun than a knife. True to his character, Vlad demonstrates many ways how to disarm a gun with his knife. Though he looks like a hideous freak, Vlad displays how he is a properly trained and skilled fighter.
One of the highlights of Elena Casagrande’s artwork is the major emphasis on clothing. When Vlad enters the War Room, which is a cramped kitchen, Casagrande concentrates on the designs of the women’s apparel, which feels modern and fashionable. In a wide shot, readers are able to distinguish the characters just by their outfits and hairstyles.
All the gore and combat happens midway through the issue. In the action-packed sequences, Cassie has to single-handedly stop the swerving soda truck. First, Cassie has to jump on top of the moving hood. As the action intensifies, Cassie has to get to the steering wheel while being punched at and blocking a hammer being swung at her face.
“Hack/Slash” #23 is an entertaining read for horror buffs. As the “Hack/Slash” series heads towards its grand finale, longtime fans will be anxiously awaiting to see how it will all end for Cassie and Vlad.
Reviewed by – Jorge Solis