Review: ‘Hoax Hunters’ #7

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Hoax Hunters #7 picks things up quickly and presents readers with a promising mystery worth solving. With a new story arc, this is the perfect time to jump in on the “Hoax Hunters” series. If you are a fan of horror and paranormal stuff, this series is definitely for you.

WRITTEN BY: Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley
ART BY: Axel Medellin
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: February 13, 2013

At Reality Con, the Hoax Hunters, a group of paranormal debunkers, were challenged in public by the Hoax Hunters Hunters. While their every move is being recorded by the Hoax Hunters Hunters, the Hoax Hunters must disprove the legend of the Haunchyville gnomes. The truth is that the Hoax Hunters are real paranormal investigators trying to stop the spread of the supernatural. With one of their members missing, the Hoax Hunters must stop the Albino King before the merciless killing machine strikes again. If they survive the ordeal, they might have a chance to prove the flesh-eating gnomes do not actually exist.

The writers, Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley, do a great job providing back-story to one of their protagonists, while crafting a suspenseful thriller. In the opening pages, Moreci and Seeley let the readers sink into Ken Cadaver’s mind as he is being mentally tortured. The Albino King is reading into Ken’s mind, breaking through his barriers, and seeing what makes him tick as a corpse. While Ken is in tremendous pain, he is also reliving parts of his past, memories he tried so hard to block. In order to truly hurt him, The Albino King is manipulating Ken’s heartbroken memories of a true love lost.

The Hoax Hunters Hunters are an interesting group because they are a bunch of normal people thrown into an extraordinary situation. At first, the team thought they were trying to prove the Hoax Hunters were a sham. The Hoax Hunters Hunters had no idea that the Haunchyville legend was real and that they were walking into a deadly trap. With a traitor amongst them, the Hoax Hunters have to protect these foolish but innocent people who hated them.

The highlight of the issue is artist Axel Medellin’s depiction of Ken’s interrogation. By foregoing shock value, Medellin is aiming for the emotional truth behind the torture scenes. In creative page layouts, Ken is reliving events from his tragic life while screaming in tremendous pain. The Albino King isn’t the one causing harm, Ken is doing that all his own. Medellin makes great use of flashbacks, transitioning the panels from the past to the present.

Medellin provides little details to his designs to make the characters stand out. In the design of the Albino King, Medellin adds tattoos to the back of his head. When Regan uses her supernatural powers, there is a weird lettering surrounding her fingertips. What makes these details so important, Medellin is letting the readers know that the supernatural has its own language.

This latest paranormal mystery takes a major twist in “Hoax Hunters” #7. The “Hoax Hunters” series started off with an interesting premise and has expanded its mythology with such engaging characters.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by Jorge Solis