Review: ‘Hoax Hunters: Case Files’ #1

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Geared for newcomers, “Hoax Hunters: Case Files” #1 is an entertaining collection of short fast-paced tales. These paranormal stories are within the “Hoax Hunters” universe and explore the premise in creative ways. If you haven’t caught up with the “Hoax Hunters” series, this the perfect place to get started.

WRITTEN BY: Michael Moreci, Steve Seeley, Tim Seeley, Erik Burnham, Frank J. Barbere
ART BY: Clint Hilinski, Keith Burns, Ryan Browne, Tyler Champion, Nick Pitarra
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: June 26, 2013

What if there was a reality TV show that captured the existence of aliens, monsters, and other paranormal activity? Instead of revealing the truth to the public, the TV show continued to keep the secrets of the universe hidden. The Hoax Hunters are a group of paranormal debunkers, who work together to cover-up the dark corners of the world. This horror/sci-fi anthology follows the adventures of the Hoax Hunters as they film their next episode.

The short stories explore the unique premise created by writers, Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley. Though the series is about teamwork, the major star of these stories is Regan, the feisty and telekinetic heroine. In “Unicorn,” writer Erik Burnham is having fun with Regan’s dialogue as she delivers her witty one-liners. In Moreci’s “Faking facts,” Regan isn’t afraid to throw herself into danger and jump into the ocean. She singlehandedly takes on a gigantic sea monster with her uncanny powers.

One of my favorite stories is Frank J. Barbere’s “Secret Identity.” What if the Hoax Hunters uncovered the truth about a Superman-like figure? Now that the Hoax Hunters have discovered the real identity of their superhuman savior, they have to make a very important decision. How do you confront someone who has extraordinary strength and powers? What would the Hoax Hunters really do with that type of information?

Artists, such as Gabo and Clint Hilinski, play around more with the comedic aspects of the supernatural missions. In “Quantum Brain,” Ryan Browne’s illustrations are packed with such quirky humor. The Hoax Hunters are in a lot of trouble as they confront a homeless man with a mystical brain. The entire team is suddenly turned into Logo blocks, pencil sketches, and 3D graphics.

Keith Burns has an interesting look to his artwork in “Unicorn.” Burns uses watercolor effects to heighten the suspense as Regan enters the woods. Burns focuses on building the atmosphere and the eerie darkness of the green-toned forest. In “Faking Fact,” artist Brian Level plays with shadows as the narrative takes place during a single night. Level captures a creepy night setting as Regan tries to find something in the murky water.

Readers are definitely going to have a lot of fun with “Hoax Hunters: Case Files” #1. The writers and artists make great use of the series’ interesting premise and engaging protagonist. Readers will definitely get hooked with the “Hoax Hunters” series after they pick this up.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Jorge Solis