Review: ‘Hoax Hunters’ #8

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While providing an entertaining and fast-paced tale, Hoax Hunters #8 concludes with tons of surprising twists and turns in its latest mystery. The “Hoax Hunters” series takes an unexpected direction in the last pages. If you are a fan of horror, government conspiracies, and paranormal stuff, get on board with the Hoax Hunters.

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

At Reality Con, the Hoax Hunters, a group of paranormal debunkers, were challenged in public by the Hoax Hunters Hunters. The Hoax Hunters were originally sent out to disprove the legend of the Haunchyville gnomes. The Albino King and his gnome then kidnapped one of the paranormal investigators, Ken Cadaver. While one of their members was missing, Jack wondered if the gnomes were actually the ones causing the bloody murders. While Jack is busy rescuing Ken, Regan is by herself when the surprise attack happens. Alone at the hotel, Regan only has her supernatural powers to defend herself.

The writers, Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley, do a great job deepening the mythology of the Hoax Hunters. It seems like Moreci and Seeley want to provide answers, while keeping the questions coming. The two writers take a risky chance starting off with the ending, but they finish with a great payoff. They do take away the suspense because readers see Ken, Jack, and Regan alive and well as they record their reality show. By the time you reach the last page, the three may look physically fine, but their latest investigation has taken a serious mental toll on them.

Midway through the issue, Moreci and Seeley recreate a scene from issue #6. Instead of Regan, it’s now Jack’s turn to have dinner with the traitor, Donovan. This isn’t about seduction for Donovan; this is about hitting the right nerve. Donovan wants Jack to know that no matter how the Hoax Hunters spin the story, he is actually better than all of them.

Artist Axel Medellin kicks off the story with a terrific action sequence. In the opening, readers get to see what happens when two telepaths attempt to read each other’s minds. As Regan uses her supernatural powers to enter his mind, Donovan’s nose is bleeding and he cries out in tremendous in pain. Just as Donovan blocked her, Regan is also suffering from his mental attack. Through close-ups, Medellin is able to capture the excruciating pain they are both feeling.

Medellin plays around with the reality TV aspect of the premise effectively. In the opening pages, Medellin provides glimpses of the past and present while the Hoax Hunters team are on camera. Medellin depicts a well-funded television studio with a working technical crew, spotlights, and cables. The Hoax Hunters have the money to carry out their operation, but where is the cash coming from? I really hope in the next story arc the writers and artist delve more into this aspect.

No one makes it out unscathed as the paranormal mystery is solved in “Hoax Hunters” 8. The “Hoax Hunters” series is a great read because of its interesting premise and engaging cast of characters.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by Jorge Solis