Hoax Hunters enters its fourth outing with a pretty strong closer to the arc. It had a rather average start, nothing bad, but had some things to do before I could fully recommend it. By issue #3 the characters and plot had grown on me. That’s why you should never judge anything by the first issue/first episode. In the beginning I was kinda worried the series would be episodic in that every issue the team disproves urban legend after urban legend. These last two issues have given the book its identity and is something I can recommend. (Scooby Doo fans will get a kick out of this series.) The latest installment isn’t as action heavy as the previous one, but rather uses dialogue to give us some interesting new plot developments.
Here’s the official description from Image:
“DIE OFF ANOTHER DAY,” Conclusion
The Hoax Hunters desperately try to prevent Clive and his carnival from executing their plan-a plan that includes the extinction of an entire cryptid race. More answers to the deepening mystery are revealed in this thrilling finale to the first Hoax Hunters arc!
Took a bit, but the main characters are pretty likable people. This issue focuses more on Jack and Clive. During the interrogation scene we learn some pretty vague but interesting information. While this is technically a ‘realistic,’ series, it doesn’t skip out on its more fantastical side. We have demons, monsters, a girl that can shoot beams…a Ghost Rider wannabe, and so forth. The dialogue is pretty good, giving each character their own identity. The action sequence with the ‘sacrifice’ was pretty intense, both action and dialogue wise. Clive makes a mischievous little villain, kinda generic, but okay. I hope we see more villains down the road.
Art by Axel Medellin is pretty good all around. I do like how Donovan is drawn, it really gives us the impression that this guy is a sneaky little thief. By the ending, we’re left wanting more. (Not to mention the portal with the cool monsters within, lots of potential with this series.)
Overall, another solid issue of Hoax Hunters. Characters are fun focuses, fights are good, and for the most part the story is engaging. I hope it stays like this when we enter Issue #5 next month.