Get ready for a wild ride with the newest addition to the Hack/Slash universe – Hack/Slash: Back To School #1. Written and illustrated by Zoe Thorogood (It’s Lonely At The Centre Of The Earth, Rain), features Slasher hunter Cassie Hack as she navigates through a new case involving a murderous bunny mascot, dead kids, and an entire squad of teenage serial-killer hunters.
Firstly, let’s talk about the art. Thorogood’s style is unique and perfectly matches the tone of the Hack/Slash universe. The illustrations are bloody and gruesome, exactly what you’d expect from a slasher comic book. However, they also have a certain level of whimsy to them, especially when it comes to the bunny mascot. The contrasting styles work really well together and it’s clear that Thorogood put a lot of thought into every panel.
Moving onto the story itself, Hack/Slash: Back To School #1 is an untold tale in the Hack/Slash universe and a completely new chapter for both new readers and old fans. The pacing is spot on, with just enough action and suspense to keep the reader engaged throughout. It’s not just about the bunny mascot and dead kids either – there are also character development moments between Cassie and Vlad that are endearing and add depth to their partnership.
It’s also worth noting that, despite being a slasher comic book, Hack/Slash: Back To School #1 has comedic elements that are executed perfectly. The banter between Cassie and Vlad is especially funny, with Vlad’s naïveté often leading to humorous moments.
Hack/Slash: Back To School #1 is a bloody good time. Whether you’re a die-hard Hack/Slash fan or a newcomer to the series, this comic book is definitely worth picking up. The art is fantastic, the story is engaging, and it captures the essence of Hack/Slash perfectly. Zoe Thorogood has done a great job and it’s clear that she is a talented comic book creator and took the reigns from Hack/Slash co-creators Tim Seeley and Stefano Caselli perfectly.
Hack/Slash: Back To School #1 hit local comic shops on October 18, 2023 from Image Comics.