I didn't have great expectations for Hack/Slash
, but it was cheap and the premise had promise. Cassie Hack hunts a very special kind of undead - "slashers" - who are serial killers who come back from the dead and keep killing. I have a soft spot for slasher movies so this could have been entertaining.
There are space limitations in comic books and the format can make it difficult to establish character relationships in a single issue, or even over a whole series. Seeley doesn't come close - Cassie and Vlad's relationship just is
. She met him, "mistook" him for a slasher at some point, and now they hunt slashers together. That's it, he just follows her around, and other than some leering on his part, it makes no sense why this guy, just because other people mistrust him for his appearance, is going to follow this girl's orders because she decided not to kill him. Where's the friendship, the reason for loyalty? At best, he's a sounding board for her insecurities, which could just have easily been an actual board. Maybe this gets addressed later on, but that's basic shit that should get covered in the opening issues.
There's a lot of self-serving fluff as well, that should have been ripe for parodies - one issue was at a horror convention, one at a girls-gone-wild beach house. Gory murder of topless chicks is expected, but you have go further than that. Play with the trope a little, man, don't just ape it. The con story could have been more worshipful, but not by much. Fandom is boring.
The layout was OK and the art was OK. All contemporary, with nothing that stood out. The slasher's character designs were cool, but without a story I could get into....