Hack/Slash
Cover art for Hack/Slash #1.
Art by Tim Seeley.
Publication information
PublisherDevil's Due Publishing
Image Comics
Dynamite Entertainment
Genre
Publication date2004–2015 (original) 2017-2018 (resurrection)
No. of issuesVol. 1 32
Vol. 2 25
Vol. 3 5
Vol. 4 12
Creative team
Created byTim Seeley (writer)
Emily Stone (penciller)
(Inker/Colorist) Courtney Via

Hack/Slash is a comic book series, launched from several one shots of the same name, published by Image Comics (previously by Devil's Due Publishing). The series was created by writer and sometime penciller Tim Seeley. The series follows horror victim Cassie Hack as she strikes back at the monsters who prey upon teenagers. These monsters are known as "slashers", and are a mix of original villains and crossover appearances, such as the appearance of Re-Animator (from Herbert West–Reanimator)[1][2] in Volume 1.

Publication history

Main article: List of Hack/Slash story arcs

Devil's Due and Volume 1

Hack/Slash began in 2004 as a series of one-shots, starting with the Stefano Caselli-penciled Hack/Slash (later referred to by its story title Euthanized), followed by the Federica Manfredi-penciled Girls Gone Dead.

2005 saw the one-shot Comic Book Carnage and the series stars, Vlad and Cassie, appeared in the Aadi Salman-pencilled The Final Revenge of Evil Ernie. The "Hack/Slash" one-shots were collected as the First Cut trade paperback in the same year. The first "Hack/Slash" miniseries, Land of Lost Toys, debuted, penciled by Dave Crosland, followed by a collection of new short stories in a 2006 special issue called Trailers (featuring art by writer Stefano Caselli and Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, Skottie Young and Josh Medors).

A 25-cent preview issue giving newcomers a recap of "Euthanized" hit the markets in 2006, along with "Slice Hard", the first one-shot of 2006, Hack/Slash Vs. Chucky, which saw the lead duo taking on the evil doll and was penciled by Matt Merhoff. Seeley penciled the new part of the preview and was one of the pencilers and inkers of the one-shot along with Mark Englert, Nate Bellgarde, Andy Kuhn and Joe Largent.

In 2007, Devil's Due released a Free Comic Book Day comic showcasing their Family Guy and Hack/Slash titles. The Hack/Slash section contained a recap portion of the 25-cent preview issue.

Hack/Slash graduated to an ongoing series in May 2007, which included a Hack/Slash Annual collecting the webcomic featuring the SuicideGirls photo shoot.[3]

In March 2010 it was announced at the Emerald City Comicon that creator Tim Seeley was taking Hack/Slash from Devil's Due Publications to Image Comics. The move came after news that Devil's Due was going through financial difficulties, with staff on all levels not being paid for several months. Tim Seeley allegedly did not receive his paycheck and thus was not able to pay his staff of artists and colourists. Hack/Slash's tenure at Devil's Due closed with issue #32, the final issue of Volume 1.

From September 2011, Hack/Slash was available digitally through Devil's Due Digital.

Image Comics and Volume 2

Hack/Slash's first release through Image was the 4-part miniseries My First Maniac, which started in June 2010. It was followed by a second ongoing Hack/Slash series, which concluded in March 2013 with issue 25. Image Comics later published the complete Hack/Slash, including crossovers and the early Devil's Due issues, in five numbered 'omnibus editions'.[4]

Volume 3: Son of Samhain

Beginning in July 2014, the first issue of a further five-issue miniseries, Son of Samhain, was released through Image. Tim Seeley did not work on the series, which was instead written by Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley, with art by Emilio Laiso.[5] In this volume Cassie became a bounty hunter and gained a new partner called Delroy.[6]

Volume 4: Resurrection

In 2017, Tim revived the series under a new title with a new creative staff called Hack/Slash: Resurrection[7] with Tini Howard writing the series and Celor and K. Michael Russell on art duty. The series brought back fan favorite Vlad, as well as crossing over with Vampirella.[8] The series details a new road trip for Cassie and Vlad, with Cassie sick of leaving nothing but destruction in her wake [9] and Vlad excited to have a new chance at life.

Characters

Major characters

Supporting characters

Slashers

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.

Army of Darkness crossover

A six-part crossover began in July 2013, released by Dynamite Entertainment.[10] Featuring Ash Williams of the Evil Dead series it takes place a few months after the end of volume 2 of Hack/Slash, though it is unclear whether or not it is canon to either series.

Collections

See also: List of Hack/Slash story arcs

Hack/Slash has been collected in the following trade paperbacks:

Title Material collected ISBN Date Released
Volume 1: First Cut Hack/Slash: Euthanized
Hack/Slash: Girls Gone Dead
Hack/Slash: Comic Book Carnage
'Slashing Through the Snow'
ISBN 1-932796-42-8
ISBN 1-932796-87-8
October 12, 2005
January 31, 2007
Volume 2: Death By Sequel Hack/Slash: The Land of Lost Toys #1–3
Hack/Slash: Trailers
Hack/Slash: Slice Hard Prequel
Hack/Slash: Slice Hard
ISBN 1-932796-75-4 April 11, 2007
Volume 3: Friday the 31st Hack/Slash Vs. Chucky
Hack/Slash #1–4
ISBN 1-934692-00-X October 15, 2007
Volume 4: Revenge of the Return Hack/Slash #5–10 ISBN 1-934692-18-2 June 29, 2008
Volume 5: Reanimation Games Hack/Slash #11
non-crossover parts of Hack/Slash #12–13
Hack/Slash #14–17
Hack/Slash Annual
ISBN 1-934692-44-1 March 18, 2009
Volume 6: In Revenge and In Love Hack/Slash #18-23
Hack/Slash: Entry Wound
ISBN 1-934692-68-9 July 29, 2009
Volume 7: New Blood Old Wounds Hack/Slash #24-28
Vlad and Cassie vs. Bloody Mary
ISBN 1-934692-83-2 January 27, 2010
Volume 8: Super Sidekick Sleepover Slaughter Hack/Slash #29-32
Hackoween
ISBN 1-60706-291-7 September, 2010
My First Maniac Hack/Slash:My First Maniac #1-4
ISBN 1-60706-338-7 January 5, 2011
Volume 9: Torture Prone Hack/Slash Annual #2
Hack/Slash Vol. 2 #1-4
ISBN 1-60706-409-X September 14, 2011
Volume 10: Dead Celebrities Hack/Slash Vol.2 #5-8
Hack/Slash Annual 3: HATCHET/SLASH
ISBN 1-60706-508-8 February 1, 2012
Volume 11: Marry, F**k, Kill Hack/Slash Volume 2 #9-15 ISBN 1-60706-656-4 January 15, 2013
Volume 12: Dark Sides Hack/Slash Volume 2 #16-19
Hack/Slash vs. Mercy Sparx
ISBN 1-60706-731-5 April 30, 2013
Volume 13: Final Hack/Slash Volume 2 #20-25 ISBN 1-60706-747-1 July 9, 2013
Omnibus Vol. 1 Hack/Slash: Euthanized
Hack/Slash: Girls Gone Dead
Hack/Slash: Comic Book Carnage
Hack/Slash Vs. Evil Ernie
Hack/Slash: The Land of Lost Toys #1–3
Hack/Slash: Trailers
Hack/Slash: Slashing Through the Snow
Hack/Slash: Slice Hard Prequel
Hack/Slash: Slice Hard
Hack/Slash Vs. Chucky
ISBN 1-934692-08-5 January 1, 2008
Omnibus Vol. 2 Hack/Slash #1–11
non-crossover parts of Hack/Slash #12–13
Hack/Slash #14–17
Hack/Slash Annual
ISBN 1-934692-57-3 April 22, 2009
Omnibus Vol. 3 Hack/Slash #18-32
Hack/Slash: Entry Wound
HACKoween
Living Corpse Annual
ISBN 1-60706-275-5 December 21, 2010
Omnibus Vol. 4 Hack/Slash Vol.2 #1-11
Hack/Slash: Annuals 2-3
ZOMBIES VS. CHEERLEADERS
2011 Holiday Special
ISBN 1-60706-526-6 June 12, 2012
Omnibus Vol. 5 Hack/Slash Vol.2 #12-25
HACK/SLASH vs. MERCY SPARX
ISBN 1-60706-741-2 June 18, 2013
Omnibus Vol. 6 HACK/SLASH: Son of Samhain #1-5
HACK/SLASH RESURRECTION #1-12
ME WITHOUT YOU and bonus features
ISBN 978-1534312197 June 4, 2019
Son of Samhain Vol. 1 Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain #1-5 ISBN 978-1632152442 February 3, 2015
Resurrection Vol. 1 Hack/Slash: Resurrection #1-6 ISBN 978-1534306660 April 25, 2018
Resurrection Vol. 2: Blood Simple Hack/Slash: Resurrection #7-12 ISBN 978-1534308794 December 19, 2018

Adaptations

The possibility of Hack/Slash being made into a live-action film by Rogue was discussed by director Todd Lincoln, writer Martin Schenk, series creator Tim Seeley, and others at the 2006 San Diego Comic Convention, to be released in 2008. In 2009, Todd Lincoln was replaced by Fredrik Bond as director, with Justin Marks writing the screenplay.[11] Stephen Susco was later announced as a co-writer.[12] In 2012, Marcus Nispel, who directed Conan the Barbarian remake, was revealed to have agreed to helm the film for Relativity and Rogue.[13] In October 2015, Relativity Television announced that the series would instead be adapted into a television series and would be written by Skip Woods, who would serve as executive producer alongside Adrian Askarieh, who first optioned it in 2005.[14][15] As of 2018, there have been no updates on the prospective series, causing outlets such as [/Film] to assume that the series is in development hell.[16]

Stage plays

The series was turned into two stage plays. The 2005 production Hack/Slash: Stage Fright utilized comic book panel simulation and adapted the "Euthanized" and "Girls Gone Dead" storylines.[17] The Chicago Tribune criticized the production for "a choppy collection of scenes separated by extended blackouts, during which the cast needlessly carts on and off a pair of black cubes that double as furniture", while praising Stefani Bishop's acting as Cassie.[18] CBR was more overall favorable of Stage Fright, praising the actors for Cassie and Vlad (Adam Mack), as well as stating that "Just like the comic it’s been adapted from, the play is a loving tribute to those great and “so awful they’re spectacular” horror films."[17]

A play simply titled "Hack/Slash" ran with the Strangeloop Theatre and CIC Theater in Chicago and played from September 12 through November 1 of 2014.[19][20] This play adapted various sections from the plot to develop a story while directly coordinating with the author of the original content, Tim Seeley.

Other media

Cassie has appeared in her own SuicideGirls pictorial.[21]

Filker Seanan McGuire has written and performed a song called "Hack/Slash" about the comic, released on her 2015 album Creature Feature.[22][23]

Notes

  1. ^ Hack/Slash Gets Reanimated in August Archived 2009-02-06 at the Wayback Machine, Newsarama, May 27, 2008
  2. ^ Seeley talks Hack/Slash, Re-Animator Crossover, Comic Book Resources, August 20, 2008
  3. ^ Hacking and Slashing with the Suicide Girls, Newsarama, August 3, 2008
  4. ^ Comicvine.com
  5. ^ Image Comics
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ https://comicvine.gamespot.com/hackslash-resurrection/4050-105530/
  8. ^ https://www.newsarama.com/38618-cassie-vampi-team-up-finally-in-hack-slash-vs-vampirella-5-preview.html
  9. ^ Hack/Slash: Resurrection #8 (Jun. 2018)
  10. ^ Bloody Disgusting
  11. ^ Sciretta, Peter (July 15, 2009). "Fredrik Bond to direct Hack/Slash". SlashFilm. Archived from the original on July 18, 2009. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  12. ^ Miska, Brad (November 16, 2009). "Stephen Susco Penning 'Hack/Slash' Adaptation!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  13. ^ Borys Kit (June 28, 2012). "'Conan' Director Marcus Nispel Takes On Horror-Action Movie 'Hack/Slash' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  14. ^ "'Hack/Slash' Hacking Up Slashers on Television!!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  15. ^ Kit, Borys (15 October 2015). "Horror Comic Hack/Slash Heading to TV With Hitman Writer (Exclusive)". hollywoodreporter.com. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  16. ^ "The Case For a Hack/Slash Movie". /Film. 2017-06-23. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  17. ^ a b Richards, Dave (2005-10-23). "Review: "Hack/Slash: Stage Fright" Chicago Style Grand Guignol". CBR News: The Comic Wire. Retrieved 2007-07-29.
  18. ^ Metz, Nina (October 7, 2005). "'Week' feels too long; 'Hack' a little choppy". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  19. ^ Reid, Kerry. "All Hallows' shows: 18 titles for Halloween". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  20. ^ "Hack/Slash". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  21. ^ Cassie's SuicideGirls Page
  22. ^ "Seanan McGuire: Songbook". seananmcguire.com. Retrieved 2021-07-17.
  23. ^ "Seanan McGuire: Albums". seananmcguire.com. Retrieved 2021-07-17.