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Slasher hunters Cassie Hack and Vlad have been on many big, bizarre, horrific and hilarious adventures in the pages of "Hack/Slash," which launched as an ongoing series in May of this year by creator/writer Tim Seeley & artist Emily Stone and Devil's Due Publishing. Three issues of "Hack/Slash" have hit stores and the buzz around the series is building. CBR News spoke with Seeley about his plans for the book.
When "Hack/Slash" returned as an ongoing series, Seely, like every independent comic creator, was a little worried about sales, but with the recent release of "Hack/Slash" #3 things are looking up. "Sales between issue one and two were basically the same, which surprised me," Seeley told CBR News, referring the traditional drop-off in sales that occurs following the release issue #1 of any new title. "Then we actually went UP on issue 3. So, halleleiujah! We might just pull off some kind of 'Walking Dead' or 'Invincible' style coup here!"
"Hack/Slash" #4 marks the climatic chapter of the series' first storyline, but new readers don't need to really need to know anything to pick up the issue and get in on all the fun and flaying. "Basically, the back story/origin of the characters of the book is always explained on the inside cover," Seeley said. "You always get the basics right away. As of issue # 4, Cassie and Vlad have been split up while battling an evil hair band called Acid Washed [You can now rock out to some of Acid Washed's songs on their MySpace page] which uses its powers to control virgins to lure souls for it's dark master. Cass, a virgin, is in hell fighting Elvis, while Vlad, also a virgin, is trying to get laid so he can go after her. Make sense?"
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The Neflords and their hair metal minions are proving to be a harrowing threat for Cassie and Vlad, but the fiends are not part of the larger story in "Hack/Slash" involving the mysteries behind the undead serial killers known as Slashers. "In this case, you just get a crazy, fun one off tale that allows me to play with some other kinds of bad guys that typically show up in horror films: The Whatever Is Hip at the Time Themed Killer," Seeley explained. "Horror films have typically always been the cheapest to shoot, thus fastest, so you see things based on fads. Hair metal, with its skulls and chains and fake blood was always perfectly matched for horror, so there was a rash of '80s films like 'Trick or Treat,' 'Black Roses,' and even 'Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park.' I love these kind of movies and I wanted to share with 'H/S' readers!"
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When the first major story arc of "Hack/Slash" the ongoing series comes to a conclusion in issue #4, readers can expect everyone to be involved in the final showdown. Seeley revealed that not only would Cassie and Vlad face off against the Neflords, but also that Acid Washed, former chief Nef minion Elvis Presley and Pooch will all be part of the final showdown as well.
And while issue #4 sees the end of the Acid Washed story but Cassie and Vlad's battle against the wicked Hair Metal band will have a big impact on the duo, particularly Vlad, who in issue #3 sacrificed his virginity in a tryst with a drunken band groupie named Gertrude in order to save Cassie. "What were going to see primarily is a guy who's primarily been 'asexual' suddenly has a whole new world opened up for him," Seeley said. "Vlad has typically come across as a sweet and innocent guy...but what happens when his innocence is gone?"
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"Bump-Hack/Slash" is crossover adventure that will be new-reader-friendly for fans of both titles. "All 'Hack/Slash' fans need to know about 'Bump' is just that it rocks, and the crossover will be a blast," Seeley remarked. "The crossover flows loosely enough that we get Cas and Vlad rearing and ready to go, without any of the issues currently plaguing them in the monthly. Essentially, we just follow Cas and Vlad as they roll into town, prepared to stomp some nasty stick monster ass."
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October also see the release of the latest "Hack/Slash" collection, "Hack/Slash Volume 3: Friday the 31 st ." "It collects 'Hack/Slash vs. Chucky' and issues #1-4 of the ongoing. "We'll have a sketch section too, with stuff from me and Emily Stone," Seeley said. "This was done to let the slow learners pick up the trade if they missed the first issues but heard the buzz."
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"Hack/Slash" is artist Emily Stone's first ongoing gig, and Seeley has been amazed by how rapidly she has grown as an artist in the short time they've been working together. "I think it's evident on the page to see how far she and colorist Courtney Via have come so fast," Seeley stated. "I couldn't be happier with the team, and I know if we keep up this level of quality we'll be one of the best looking books around."
A feature film based on "Hack/Slash is in production at Rogue Pictures and many "H/S" fans are wondering about the casting process on the film and what the cinematic versions of their favorite Slasher Slayers will look like. "You can expect announcements soon ," Seely promised. "Some cool people have shown interest, but if there's one thing I've learned about Hollywood is that you must be patient, grasshopper."
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