Title: Hack/Slash: Resurrection | Issue: 12 | Publisher: Image
Writer: Tini Howard | Artist: Celor, K. Michael Russell
Cover: Nick Filardi, Daniel Leister, Tim Seeley
Publication Date: October 17, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “Boobs, butts, blood and guts: Cassie and Vlad encounter a killer obsessed with censoring all the things that makes horror comics so great!”
In the conclusion to the limited series Hack/Slash: Resurrection , Cassie and Vlad meet their most terrifying slasher yet: The Censor. Stuck in a strange small town after having an accident with their car, Cassie and Vlad attempt to find help. Instead, the pair discover that their speech has been censored and their apparel is less than appropriate. Determined to set the town straight, Cassie and Vlad, with the help of Laurie, set off to rid the town of the censorship villain.
Tini Howard has played with meta content throughout this run, and it culminates in utter awesomeness in this final issue. Inside the panels, Howard not only argues against censorship in horror comics, but makes a broader statement about social views and norms. At first, Cassie and Vlad discover their speech has been censored, noticing their language is replaced by punctuation marks and odd sounds. But things escalate quickly when Cassie’s clothing is deemed inappropriate, and the pair are dropped down a trapped door. Each scene in this issue are depicted with Howard’s particular brand of snark and dry humor, as Cassie and Vlad kick censorship in the balls…well, actually The Censor had censored himself, but you get the picture. Cassie and Vlad’s final slasher is one for the books, right down the wood chipper and sunset ending.
Completing this run is Celor and K. Michael Russell artwork. Consistent to the last panel, Hack/Slash: Resurrection #12 is a little gritty, a smidge gruesome, and all kinds of intense. The pair strike the perfect balance between horror and comedy, complementing Howard’s cheeky script. Their depiction of the film noir style villain adds a final touch of nostalgia to Cassie and Vlad’s story.
The Bottom Line:
Tini Howard has pushed boundaries throughout this series with meta content and nods to current social issues. Hack/Slash: Resurrection #12 brings the series to a close with the ultimate battle between comic and censor, the right to creative freedom.