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Hack/Slash (2007 Series) #8

January 22, 2008

Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: Tub Club Part 2

Cassie cuts off her friends, even as new ones come to light.

Writer: Tim Seeley
Art: Rebekah Isaacs
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Letters: Crank!
Editor: Mike O’Sullivan
Cover Art: Tim Seeley & Wes Dzioba (Cover A); Mike Bear & Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Publisher: Devil’s Due Productions

As Vlad recovers from his blow to the head last issue, Cassie begins to fear allowing any new friends into her life, including the exotic dancer named Georgia. As Cassie tries to cut out the friend who may be more than a friend, she finds evidence that the goings on of the “Tub Club” may be connected to an old foe.

This story really is delivering on several levels. On the most obvious level – let’s face it – this is a story that’s titillating for the dominant male reader that’s going to be picking it up. There’s plenty of gore here, and the cheesecake quotient is about as high as you can get without actual nudity. However, like Bomb Queen (another book heavy on the T&A), the more prurient aspects of the title don’t overwhelm the more universal aspects. Both books are about strong female protagonists, and while Queen’s story is a comedy about a villain, this darker story is really about Cassie Hack figuring out who – if anyone – she really is beneath her monster-slaying veneer. People who get the book purely for the hot girls will find a surprising amount of intelligence and depth.

Rebekah Isaacs’ artwork, of course, nails the cheesecake and the gore. Her girls are undeniably shapely, and will more than please the readers who get the book for those reasons. She also handles the quiet moments exceedingly well – a scene that features Cassie on the phone with Georgia is very good, with a lot of strong expressions and dynamic “camera angles” that help develop the mood.

Simply put, this book has always been so much more than it appears on the surface, and it’s one of those books I can’t wait to read every month.

Rating: 8/10

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