Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tradio #12 - Hack/Slash: My Favorite Maniac

This week's Tradio is for the collected Hack/Slash: My First Maniac written by Tim Seeley with art by Daniel Leister and published by Image Comics.  Halloween approaches and I love me some scary books.
Hack/Slash: My First Maniac collects the four issue mini series by the same name that centers around a young lady by the name of Cassie Hack.  Sixteen years old and moving in with a new set of foster parents after she had to kill her mother and a murder called the Lunch Lady.  You know...typical teenager angst.  Anyway, the series centers on her dealing with the past events as they catch up to her in the present and we see her having to take down a self-styled serial killer based off a video game killer named Grinface.  We see how a young lady tries to fit into a new world with new friends and new adults, all the while trying to escape a past that doesn't want to let her go.  You can tell that the writer has a love for 80's slasher movies and the art titillates as well as scares, like a good slasher movie should. 
Overall, there was more that I liked than I didn't like.  The art is good, the writing is good, the coloring is good, but overall, it didn't grab me like I wanted it to.  From what I understand, this series was to be an introduction to new readers to the Hack/Slash series as it moved from Devils Due Publishing to Image Comics and I think it does a fair job with that, but I didn't feel that the overall story was as important as it should have been.  It is not bad, by any means, but it just isn't for me.

So...want to give it a try and see for yourself?  Just drop me a line at my email and I will randomly pick someone at random before the next Tradio is posted and send this trade right out to you.  As Halloween approaches, it might be a fun tale to get  you the 'holiday spirit" so to speak.  Hope to hear from you soon.

1 comment:

  1. Matt Here! Just to give you a heads up Patrick, we had Benito Cereno on BCP's episode 29. He wrote for the upcoming Hack/Slash Annual #3 (Hatchet/Slash) coming out next month. It features HATCHET's Victor Crowley facing off with Cassie Hack. It'll be the first collaboration between HACK/SLASH creator Tim Seeley and HATCHET creator Adam Green.