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Hack/Slash (2007 Series) #5

November 5, 2007

Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: Love Stories

The return of Ms. America?

Writer: Tim Seeley
Art: Emily Stone
Colors: Courtney Via
Letters: Brian J. Crowley
Editor: Mike O’Sullivan
Cover Art: Crank!
Publisher: Devil’s Due Publishing

Tim Seeley takes a break between story arcs to give our heroes a chance to catch their breath, and give a villain the chance to reemerge. This issue pretty much follows three different stories in three timelines. A young man who grew up in love with the fallen Ms. America Emily Cristy is now one of the scientists studying her deceased form as a slasher killer. Like all good movie slashers, though, is she really dead? Cassie’s friends Chris and Toni return home, recuperating from their ordeal in the Hack/Slash Vs. Chucky one-shot), only to find some added comfort with one another. Chris may have some added difficulty, however, in the form of Toni’s ex. And as for Cassie and Vlad themselves, Vlad’s frequent respiratory infections are starting to concern Cassie, and she decides to find a way to make her friend more comfortable.

The three stories, although running concurrently, could almost be from three separate issues entirely. The Ms. America storyline is prologue to a new storyline. Toni and Chris’s story is filling in some blanks from the crossover that preceded the ongoing series, while Cassie’s story isn’t really related to anything at all but works extremely well as a gentle character study. This is a rare issue of Hack/Slash that is (almost) free of violence, and gives our heroes a rare moment of peace.

Emily Stone’s artwork seems to be undergoing a slow evolution. This issue has sort of a lighter line than some of the earlier ones, and it gives the art a bit more disjointed, scattershot quality that really works for a story of this sort. Courtney Via’s color art, too, is really strong – shifting to black and white for some key scenes and punctuating the rest of them just right.

This is a nice stand-alone issue, and a decent place for new readers to jump on.

Rating: 8/10

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