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review 2019-02-06 16:15
Horror comic collection- nothing special in my opinion.
Hack/Slash Omnibus - Stefano Caselli,Tim Seeley,Dave Crosland


Cassie gets involved with zombie attacks near a children’s camp, reviving her killing skills. Other significant characters appear on both sides of the conflict. With a lot of zombies destroyed and some sexual content, this collection is fairly basic and the artwork could be more interesting. Only for true fans of the genre.

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review 2017-12-31 13:41
Fun crossover!
Army of Darkness Vs. Hack / Slash - Tim Seeley

Boy, was this a lot of fun.   Cassie Hack, the daughter of a serial killer, kills serial killer.   More specifically, she kills the things that go bump in the night - and yeah, they're pretty much always serial killers.   Or she did, until she settled down with her girlfriend and their adopted daughter.


Ash is trying to destroy the Book of Flesh, the book of the dead, the Necromonicon.  When someone starts selling pages from the book, and gives him Cassie's address, they end up uniting to stop whoever's selling the pages. 


It ties into both Ash's mythology and what I understand of Cassie's perfectly.  I haven't read much Hack/Slash, but boy do I want to now!   I liked Ash better than I did in most comics here, maybe because Cassie kicked his ass if he got too fresh. 


This is also about what happens after Cassie's partner, Vlad, dies, which is a huge part of why she retired.   Although Vlad isn't a part of this as a character, he's very much present, and I'm intrigued by the relationship Cassie and Vlad had - nothing romantic, but they love each other nonetheless.   


This is most successful in that it made me want to read more Hack/Slash.  


Knocked one star off because I quite frankly enjoy Tim Seeley's artwork more than the artist they chose for this miniseries. 

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review 2016-10-11 00:00
Tell Slash B Hell's A'Comin' (Black Horse Western)
Tell Slash B Hell's A'Comin' (Black Hors... Tell Slash B Hell's A'Comin' (Black Horse Western) - Elliot Long Fairly pedestrian and predictable.
After the local big rancher hangs one of the small time farmers using "range justice", and then the rest of his family, the men involved start getting picked off one by one.

There's not a lot of choice about who the mysterious assassin could be, and the characters aren't fleshed out enough to make you care for them.
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text 2016-01-15 02:22
Omnibus Wrecks
Hack/Slash: My First Maniac - Tim Seeley,Daniel Leister,Jenny Frison

This is less a review and more bitching about how annoying comics are. I've been making an effort to read more comics, which has been very rewarding. But I stayed the hell away from comics for a real long time because they have just about the most confusing collections and editions. There's the single issues, that then are often bound into 4-8 issue volumes, which are then numbered themselves. Then you have all manner of crossover or supplimental stuff, which may or may not also get bound in a volume, but then sometimes only in "special edition" volumes, which may or may not collect the same single issues as the regular, non special editions. Which means if you're, say, checking volumes out of a library, you have to be really fucking careful to get all the same kind of edition, or they get out of sync, and you have no idea what's going on. (Based on a true story.) THEN you can throw in omnibus editions, which collect up several volumes, and have all of the same annoying problems of the volumes, but super sized. 


So. This brings me to Hack/Slash. Not sure where I read about this series. It might have just been me google stalking Tim Seeley, who also writes Revival, which I love to pieces. Hack/Slash follows Cassandra Hack, who, after surviving a slasher situation, goes on the road dispensing with slashers. She's like Buffy, the trope of the helpless, hapless teen turned on its head. Great. Totally in my wheelhouse. So I order the first couple volumes from the library, only to discover that this volume, My First Maniac, IS NOT the first volume. It's a later prequel of sorts. So I go looking, and I can see exactly what happened. The librarians ordered this, then volumes 2-4, then the omnibus edition five, obviously going by the numbers in the titles and not checking to make sure they were all the exact same kind of edition. Godamn it. I can see why they got confused and fucked that up, but urg. So then I go to ILL, and literally no one in the state has ANY editions. So then I just gave up and ordered the first omnibus. Jerks. 


Anyway, this was fine, but like any origin story slash prequel done during a long running series, really is only going to be useful or successful to devotees of the series. It fulls in gaps in an existing narrative. I wasn't over the moon about the art (like I am with the cover art) but it was fine. Dude does Revival too, and I can see how he's improved. So that was cool to see, I guess. Onward to the omnibus. 

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text 2015-09-24 14:38
A few thoughts about slash

Maybe this is something very common among slash writers, but I usually feel that there are people I don't want to read my stories, at all. It may be old-fashioned, immature or even unnecessary or it could be completely understandable - I don't know that many slash writers personally.


Anyway, here goes:


I don't want guys to read my stories. There. I've said it. A few actually have, and I haven't had any negative reaction so far, but also not a very positive one. Tactful is probably the word. They were curious, they were allowed to read a story. They probably didn't like it, but knew they'd asked for it and were polite. Fair enough. It just doesn't encourage me to show them any more stories.


One guy I know would probably like to read everything I've written eventually. He's nice. I like him. He is a graduate of gender studies. That probably means he has an interest beyond that of most 'ordinary' straight guys. I still don't want him to read them all, because you know, that would show him a pattern. Me writing slash stories more than 50 % of the time. It would feel a bit embarrassing. But as Janet Evanovich says about writing sex stories and letting someone know you read them: "Yes, it is embarrassing, get over it."


In fact, I try not to tell any guys I write slash stories, because you know - they usually wouldn't be interested. I had a gay friend who was slightly interested - he was mainly interested in his own business - not mine - but slash stories were at least mildly interesting to him, even written by a straight female. I suspect most gay guys wouldn't be, because we write slash 'by women for women' and I don't think there's anything wrong with that. With a close friend who's gay, I'd like to expect an understanding. "Sure, it's cool that you write those stories, for other women. Great idea, but it's not for me." You know, that sort of thing. More than that, just wouldn't be fair to expect.

This one may be so natural that everyone agrees with it: I don't want my mom to read any of my more 'adult' stories. Not that she's the least bit curious. If I've written a 'serious' story (that is, not adult) I will have to ask her nicely if she wants to read it, and then she usually does. That is, if she's not afraid it might be too upsetting, which of course is possible, even with a 'non-adult' story.


This reminds me of someone I got to know online, in fan fiction/slash circles. She worked as a web designer, that is made web pages for clients. That meant some clients wanted to see her own personal page (this was a long time ago). Also, her husband was very proud of her and told everyone he knew about his clever wife and her wonderful web pages and entusiastically handed out her URL to all his friends, without having read the stories on the page himself... So I told her we have another 'big' home page (the vegan one, but back then there was also a lot about many other things, that were totally unrelated). She thought that was a good idea, so maybe she made another web page, one that she could show to anyone, without being embarrassed. Not that anyone ever asks to see my homepages these days.


Of course, deep down, I'm not ashamed or really embarrassed. I don't see anything wrong with writing (good) stories about slash and/or straight sex. It's just like everything else - if you're interested in it and you do it reasonably well, why not? (Because you know, writing anything really badly, would be embarrassing in itself). But superficially, it does tend to get embarrassing when you run into people who don't understand at all.


If you write slash stories and/or 'het adult' stories, how do you feel about this? Would you show your stories to anyone who's interested? Or do you have a preference?

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