I really enjoy this series as it’s quite simply good fun. The protagonist, Cassie Hack is the survivor of a slasher attack (slashers being the name given to the typical/classic horror baddie who goes around killing people/teens).
It utilises and comments on typical horror genre tropes (such as teens being killed) and serves it up with a good dosing of action, comedy and elements of horror. There’s a nice mix of original and licensed villains used, for example Father Wrath and Chucky, respectively. Generally, the focus of the story is on the action but it does a nice job of sometimes exploring the psychology of our two protagonists, which includes ideas like whether they’re at risk of being like the monsters they hunt, idea of having a normal life, as well as friends and family.
As this is an omnibus, bringing together several story arcs and comics, the artwork sometimes varies between them depending on who was working on it. I generally like the artwork in this Volume and find the varying styles can bring a different feel or character to the story it’s depicting.
As with many graphic novels there is a section at the back of the book with sketches and notes along with alternate cover art and poster art. There are a couple nice addition with this book though, which include; profiles on each of the Slashers featured in Volume 1, a page outlining (with pictures) Tim’s original design inspiration for Cassie and information on the Play version of Cassie/Hack that was performed by The New Millennium Theatre Company, in 2005.
I highly recommend Hack/Slash to anyone who is a fan of horror, strong female protagonists and simple fun story telling that has three dimensional characters. It has a nice mix of action, humour and psychological seriousness to keep the reader interested.