I’m not the biggest fan of comic books and the fact that it is complicated to find them near my area of residence made it even more complicated for me to follow some series.
When I was younger I read some comic books from Disney and some Spider-Man and X-Men with The Day Superman Dies being my favorite of all.
Those days have pass and I lost some interest in comics until Kick-Ass came along. I have the first 2 and the Hit-Girl prelude. I also have We3 that happens to have a much better story than many books, movies and video games I have seen.
Hack/Slash is by far my favorite comic series.
I have the 5 Omnibus and the My First Maniac books.
One of the main differences I find to the other comics I own is the drawing style. Kick-Ass follows a specific type through out the whole series. Hack/Slash changes from story to story from a more realistic tone to a cartoonish style.
The Enemies that Cassie and Vlad fight are called Slashers (knowened as Revenants to the government) but sometimes they also fight humans and even Chucky (the serial killer possessed doll) gets to make an appearance to help Cassie.
Apart from Cassie and Vlad my favorite character has to be Pooch a spawn and servant of the Neflords that later takes Chris and Lisa as new masters and helps them and Cassie in several occasions.
Cassandra “Cassie” Hack – An attractive, yet tough-as-nails, fearless loudmouth who hunts slashers with her partner, Vlad.
Vlad – The enigmatic partner of Cassie, Vlad is a big, muscular, disfigured man, who wears a gas mask and brandishes two big meat cleavers. Met by Cassie when they were both stalking the “Meatman Killer”, Cassie soon befriended him. There’s not much known about Vlad, not even his full name, but he seems very aware of his unconventional looks, which prompts him to wear the gas mask (which, he says, protects him from the thin outside air he has been deprived of for 20 years – though he can be seen breathing without his mask too). According to Vlad, he was raised by a butcher who rescued him from a garbage can. The butcher served as his only human contact. He used comic books to teach Vlad to read; he also taught Vlad how to use knives to help him adjust to his deformities. When the butcher died, Vlad was forced to go outside where rumors of the Meat Man started and he eventually met Cassie. Vlad’s relationship with Cassie is quite paternal, as Vlad seems utterly concerned with his “little one’s” well being. Quite naive, but well-versed in strategy and battle skills, Vlad doubles as the “muscle” of the team, and as a sort of guardian for Cassie, counseling and comforting her when it’s needed.
Chris Krank and Doctor Lisa Elsten – Lisa was introduced in Hack/Slash: Euthanized as the girlfriend of Kyle Bell. Chris appeared later in Hack/Slash: Land of Lost Toys #1 as the geeky roommate of Jason Michaels. Both survived the Slasher attacks in their respective stories and because of this reappeared in Hack/Slash vs. Chucky as two of the potential victims of Laura Lochs. They are nowin a relationship and living together. Together they have formed Hack/Slash Inc, a website for Slasher survivors.
Margaret Crump aka Georgia Peaches – Georgia is a recurring character in Hack/Slash, who is currently a potential love interest for Cassie. Introduced in Hack/Slash #2 as a stripper who was a fan of the band, Acid Washed. Was sent to the hell dimension of Nef by the band along with Cassie as virgin sacrifices. During their time caged up together, Cassie and Georgia discussed Cassie’s lack of a sex life and her orientation, which she is still unsure of. This led to Georgia suggesting that were they not chained up, they could have sex with each other in order to become “impure” and therefore escape. Since escaping from Nef, Cassie and Georgia have been keeping in touch by phoning each other every day. In Hack/Slash #8, Cassie fantasizes about kissing Georgia, suggesting that Georgia’s previous suggestion about Cassie being gay may actually be correct. However, after several bad experiences with slashers Cassie breaks away from her to keep her safe. The two would later try to reconnect as lovers, but Georgia this time would move away.
Pooch – Pooch first appears in the “Shout at the Devil” arc as a spawn and servant of the Neflords, H. P. Lovecraft-esque entities which reproduce by impregnating virgins from Earth, whom they have abducted to their dimension of Nef. Resembling a demonic hairless dog, Pooch works under the Neflords’ lieutenant Elvis Presley and, after his master is killed and Cassie and Georgia escape Nef, is sent to Earth to kill Cassie, but instead meets and befriends Chris and Lisa, who (reluctantly at first) let Pooch live with them. Pooch decides to abandon the Neflords and have Chris and Lisa as his new masters due to their kindness to him. In the arc “Closer”, Pooch is severely injured while defending Chris and Lisa from another agent of the Neflords sent to kill him and Cassie, an agent which is later killed by Chris; Pooch’s display of loyalty and bravery ultimately cause Chris and Lisa to realize how much he means to them, and the two have begun helping him to recuperate.
Samhain - Samhain saved Cassie Hack from the Black Lamp Society murder attempt. He has no memory of his past life, except for his exceptional fighting skills and his hatred to the Society. He’s trying to rescue Ava Park from the Black Lamp Society with the aid of Cassie and Vlad. Making his debut in issue #20, Samhain is a jack-o-lantern masked ex-slasher. His conscience restored as well as his lack of desire to commit meaningless murder like other slashers. In later issues, Samhain’s face is revealed from behind the mask, and following his capture and re-programming by the Black Lamp Society in issues 24-25, he then once again becomes, albeit briefly, the deadliest slasher of all; he is then ordered and obeys in the killing of his love, Dr. Ava Park. This spell is only broken by a passionate kiss from Cassie which restores his mind back to his former pre-slasher default setting. But for Cassie, this also awakens something inside of her she didn’t think possible, and in later issues is found to be deeply fantasizing about and desiring the masked man. Eventually, she and Samhain give into their attraction and have sex.
Slashers (known to the government as “Revenants“) are the beings that Cassie and Vlad hunt down. Slashers as a whole can be divided into two broad categories. The first and most common are the undead variety: These are people who died while filled with rage toward life, and somehow return from the dead filled with only that rage driving them to kill. While their exact abilities vary individually, all possess resistance to damage, and must suffer severe bodily harm to be killed. This kind can be controlled by the proper magics, and once their body has been sufficiently destroyed, usually stay dead.
The other kind are people who are still alive, but are often insane and engage in Slasher behavior. They can be killed by normal means.
Angela Cicero (Acid Angel)
The Blood Blower
Charles Lee Ray (Chucky the Killer Doll)
Delilah Hack (The Lunch Lady)
Emily Christy (Ms. America)
Ernest Fairchild (Evil Ernie)
Ian Mattheson (D1ab0lique)
Jeffrey Brevard (Six Sixx)
The Jersey Devil
Julian Gallo (The Mosaic Man)
Karl Vox (X-O)
Kent (The Tin Woodsman)
The Lazarus Killer
New Year’s Eva
Peter Lapage (The Candlemas Murderer)
Robert Wynorski (The Mad, Mad Mailman)
Ryan Kramer, Jr.
Samuel Lawrence (Father Wrath 2)
The Waking Man
Some of the slashers were kind of boring and generic but others were very well ‘constructed’. My favourites are Father Wrath, Samhain and The Launch Lady.
Here’s the plot for the series:
Cassie’s early life
Cassandra “Cassie” Hack, daughter of Dr. Jack and Delilah Hack, grew up in western Wisconsin. Her father left soon after she was born, leaving Cassie with her overbearing, eccentric mother who worked as a cook at a nearby high school. A timid wallflower, plain-looking and unattractive, young Cassie was verbally and physically abused by her classmates. Never having a friend, Cassie was ostracized because she wasn’t pretty and was poor and ill-dressed. This prompted her unbalanced mother, the “Lunch Lady”, to kill every child at Cassie’s school that had somehow hurt or insulted Cassie and serve them as the school food. Cassie, witnessing her mother’s last killing spree, promptly called the police. She managed to save the life of her mother’s last victim, but was forced to witness her mother’s death when she committed suicide.
Cassie was placed in a foster home and attended a new school. She detested her fanatically religious foster parents, but endured, desiring to be accepted by someone. She began training in various martial arts and fighting techniques. In the meantime, she tried to find her father, utilizing the internet and whatever resources she could find. Two years later, children began disappearing once more, signalling the return of her mother, reborn as a vengeful “slasher” trying to continue its murderous spree. Feeling responsible for the deaths, Cassie confronted her mother once again and shot her. Driven by guilt and lacking any connection to anyone or anyplace, Cassie left her foster family and went on the road.
Cassie became determined to seek out slashers and stop their rampages wherever she could. She also hoped that she might find a clue to the whereabouts of her father, but for a long time, found nothing.
On one of her adventures, Cassie came to Chicago, where she hunted a killer known as “the Meatman”, who was responsible for the deaths of several teenagers. She eventually encountered the Meatman, but discovered that he was not responsible for the murders. Cassie befriended the Meatman, a misshapen man named Vlad, and together they hunted down the actual murderer, a local minister/assassin with Mafia connections. The two began travelling together in a van bought with Cassie’s inheritance, with Vlad acting as her bodyguard and muscle.
Cassie and Vlad, slasher slayers
Some time later, the pair investigate a series of murders around a veterinary clinic in Eminence, Indiana. They rescue a vet, Lisa, from a slasher who was accidentally killed by Lisa’s boyfriend. Later, they investigate a murder at a beach resort hosting a “girls gone naughty” event. While investigating the situation, Cassie becomes extremely drunk (when a boy drugged her ice tea with pure vodka) and having lost her inhibitions, flirts with a stranger and kisses a random girl. Despite being less than sober, she continues her investigation and encounters a crazed Catholic schoolgirl, Laura Lochs, who controls an undead preacher named Father Wrath. After a prolonged fight, Vlad kills Father Wrath and Cassie sets Laura on fire and leaves her for dead. Soon after, Cassie and Vlad, encounter a pair of slashers murdering writers and illustrators at a Philadelphia comic convention.
When Evil Ernie awakens in the Hack/Slash universe he begins a killing spree, murdering six women near a strip club in New Jersey. Cassie and Vlad investigate and track Ernie to a saw mill where he falls in love with Cassie, believing the two of them to be “two sides of the same coin”. After escaping from Ernie, Cassie is distressed by the fact that she now has to kill the “one person who loves her”. Vlad asserts that he loves her, but Cassie snaps and claims that he only thinks that because she’s the only one who can stand being around him. Shocked by what she’s said, she apologizes to Vlad and the pair resume their hunt for Ernie. Upon finding Ernie, he attempts to kidnap Cassie but accidentally banishes himself to Hell.
A tip from Lisa, who has been staying in contact, leads Cassie and Vlad to investigating the circumstances behind nine children dying in their sleep. Their contact, Jason, concludes that the person responsible is Ashley, a Freddy Krueger-esque slasher who can kill people in their dreams. After Jason is also killed, Cassie gets Lisa to knock her out with sleeping gas, so she can confront Ashley in his realm. Despite Ashley’s best efforts, he is unable to kill Cassie and she soon turns her own past on him and Ashley is dispatched by Cassie’s own worst nightmare: her mother. Afterward, Jason’s ex-flatmate, Chris, begins a relationship with Lisa.
Later, while setting a trap for a slasher calling herself “the Acid Angel”, Cassie and Vlad discover that a company led by ex-Miss America, Emily Cristy, is capturing slashers in order to perform experiments upon them. Cassie discovers that the company is producing a regenerative drug that turns people into slashers. After the slashers escape, Emily ends up taking the drug to save her life, but has her skin burned off in an explosion, creating a new slasher: Ms. America. Soon afterward, Cassie teams-up with a possessed doll, Chucky, in order to confront Laura Lochs who has returned and stolen Vlad’s body using a voodoo amulet. After a series of battles, they defeat Laura once again and Vlad regains control of his body. However, despite Cassie’s trying to stop him, Chucky escapes.
Cassie is later captured by a slasher who used to be a psychologist who analyzes and tortures her. After losing two toes and remembering various events from her childhood, Cassie self-diagnoses herself as “really fucked up” and pushes him out of the window. However, later in the bathroom, Cassie’s hard exterior falters and she cries. Several days later, after receiving a call from Chris, Cassie and Vlad travel to Tampa Bay to investigate a string of disappearances coinciding with the tour schedule of a band called Acid Washed. Upon getting there, they meet a stripper called Georgia who offers to take them to the next concert. At the show, the band transport all the virgin girls, including Cassie and Georgia, to another realm to be sacrificed. While caged, Cassie talks to a local dog named Pooch, who tells her that the singer, Six Sixx, has made a deal with a demon. Afterwards, Cassie and Georgia flirt and talk about Cassie’s undecided sexuality and the possibilities of escaping by “making each other impure” by having sex. However, Vlad arrives to rescue them and together they return to Earth and defeat Six.
Some time later, Cassie is forced to sell her mother’s wedding ring in order to pay for better accommodation while Vlad recovers from arespiratory infection. Afterward, they travel to Stone County and encounter a new Father Wrath, who turns out to be nephew of the original.
Search for Dr. Jack Hack
Cassie and Vlad’s next adventure leads to a college in Massachusetts where a series of corpses have been discovered. Cassie and Vlad’s relationship is somewhat rocky due to the amount of time Cassie has been spending on the phone with Georgia. After Vlad is attacked, Cassie begins questioning the local students and discovers that a number of them are lesbians who are involved in a cult surrounding the mythology of Elizabeth Bathory. After accidentally kissing one of the students (and thinking of Georgia at the time), Cassie interrogates her to find out more information about the cult. However, before the student can lead her to the cult’s base of operations, Cassie encounters a government team working for her father. Cassie, Vlad and the government team are led to the cult’s underground base where they are attacked by Ms. America, who has been stealing the blood and skin of students in an attempt to regain her original beauty. After a long battle, Vlad impales Ms. America. Afterwards, Cassie and Vlad reconcile, though Cassie is uncertain of her feelings towards Georgia.
Following the clues given by the government team, Cassie and Vlad search a cabin in Montana in the hopes of finding information about Cassie’s father. What they find is a series of journals detailing how a group of feral children were turned into “revenants” (i.e., slashers) using a drug. The children then attack and Cassie is forced to shoot them, much to Vlad’s objections. Afterwards, Cassie and Vlad hunt down a one-eyed vigilante, Nathan, who Cassie believes is a slasher. However, he is actually a man seeking vengeance for the murder of his wife. After Nathan exacts his revenge (he’s fatally wounded in the process) Cassie, still confused by her feelings for Georgia, asks him how he knew that he was in love. Afterwards, Cassie takes a break from searching for her father to investigate a series of killings in Hitchfield, Georgia and encounter a horde of treehuggers and their puppet master, Eddie.
Not long after, Georgia contacts Cassie when several of the cast of a Wizard of Oz remake turn up dead. However, despite being told to wait, Georgia investigates on her own and is almost killed by a psychopathic Tin Man. She is soon rescued by an angry Cassie who begs Georgia “not to die on [her, because] there’s too much death in [her] life already”. Cassie’s search for her father soon comes to an end when she encounters Dr Herbert West, who has been working with Dr Jack Hack in researching slashers. West succeeds in reviving Delilah Hack; however she reverts to her Lunch Lady persona and kills her husband. Disappointed with the results, West kills the Lunch Lady with an overdose of his serum. He then gives Cassie the opportunity to reanimate her father, but she refuses.
Losing both her parents once again leaves Cassie deeply depressed, prompting the worried Vlad into calling Georgia and asking her to talk to Cassie. Cassie confides in Georgia that she can’t go on killing slashers and wants to live a normal life, thoughts which alienate Vlad. While going to the Mississippi police to tell them all she knows about slashers, Cassie is arrested due to her suspected involvement in homicides throughout the country, the authorities having been led to believe Cassie may be responsible for the murders due to tips from psychic Muffy Joworski (who is being manipulated by the returned Ashley Guthrie, which Cassie and Vlad piece together). While being transported to a detention center Cassie is broken out by the Society of the Black Lamp, who attempt to ritualistically murder her as punishment for destroying slashers. At the last minute Cassie is saved by the vigilante Samhain, who kills the Black Lamp members.