Hack/Slash #17 Review

Cassie Hack has to deal with Vlad‘s family of brutal monsters, but is this violent family reunion worth a pick-up?  Read on.

The official description from Image:

“THE GOOD SON,” Part One

Guest writer, JUSTIN JORDAN (THE STRANGE TALENT OF LUTHER STRODE) continues his epic tale of blood and blood relations as Vlad faces off against his mutant family on the streets of Chicago.

Vlad has often wondered where he came from, now he knows.  And the family he thought he was looking for has his partner tied up in a meat locker, while he’s strapped to a dinner table chair!  It’s a dire situation that yields some character growth but also falters a bit.  By the end of this little jaunt we should have been rewarded with a character defining story arc, but it’s ultimately hampered by blandness and some script issues.

The story works well enough, I just wish it would have packed more of a narrative punch.    Justin Jordan does a commendable job growing Vlad‘s character, offering a journey that more than makes sense, but some of the dialogue sounds off.  It’s not that it’s bad, it’s just not as good as it should be.  The characters react as you would expect them to when faced with this dire situation, but that doesn’t make up for a script that is somewhat lacking and is ultimately let down by some poor dialogue.

Daniel Leister does a good job with the art.  The character’s look as they should and the world fits them, but it doesn’t go beyond that.  The art is not bad, it’s just a bit bland.  Just like the script, it could have delivered more yielding a better looking world while properly supporting the character journey at play here.

This issue was a bit of a step-down from the previous one.  The story is fine and the art is good enough but I can only muster a recommendation for the hardcore Hack/Slash fans.


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