Two Fan Favorites Meet In Hack/Slash v. Vampirella: The Heart Is A Lonely Killer
Writer: Shawn Aldridge
Artist: Rapha Lobosco
Colors: Chris O’Halloran
TPB Cover: Jenny Frisson
Published By: Dynamite Comics
What in comics would you consider two great flavors that taste great together? Alien V. Predator? Sure it works in the comics and games. Superman meeting Captain America? Of course, those two characters have more in common than people realize. But to my knowledge there has until now not been what should be an obvious pairing of Cassie Hack and Vampirella. While I’m not as up on the Hack/Slash comics as I would like (which doesn’t hurt the comics as I could follow along only knowing the basics) I really love what Dynamite has done with Vampirella. I believe I reviewed the omnibus of the beginning of her Dynamite run and loved it. I find the prospect of these two finally meeting intriguing, because while they have their different styles, they are very similar. They are both beautiful, deadly, and investigate horror related things. For Cassie, she hunts down horror movie like slashers (as far as I’ve read, she mentions fighting demons so she may have moved on). For Vampirella, she investigates the paranormal and bizarre.
Cassie Hack and her slasher sidekick Vlad are taking a well earned vacation in the city of sin, Las Vegas. But while they’re supposed to be relaxing, Cassie gets herself interested in a few bodies that have been found in the hotel they stay at and that are missing their hearts. Mistress of the night Vampirella has also come to Vegas, and the two ladies paths cross as it turns out they’re investigating the same thing… a demoness called the Blood Red Queen of Hearts, who needs to rip out hearts in order to bring her master (and love) the god Chaos to life. Now Vampirella, Hack, and Vlad must team up to make sure the Blood Red Queen doesn’t get her way.
I really liked this book. It’s kind of short, but it’s fun and it did everything I could have asked of it. I got a fun, funny, and action packed pairing between two fan favorites. It had a lot of little moments that really endeared the book to me; Vampirella having an crush on Vlad was funny whenever it came up, and Vlad not knowing what to do with that made me chuckle. Cassie’s reactions to Vampirella’s explanations of what she is was pretty good too. One thing I didn’t like was when Cassie starts giving out to Vampirella about her iconic costume. It was unnecessary, we know it’s highly impractical, but Vampirella doesn’t care and I don’t. Plus I don’t think it’s in character for Cassie to care if someone’s wearing something skimpy (it would also be kind of hypocritical of her to care in the first place). Though I will agree with one thing, a leather jacket makes it look cooler. A leather jacket makes anyone cooler… except for me (kicks the dirt sadly).
The art is very good and looks like a good mix between the two comics and the colors are very vibrant. If you like these two franchises, I would say this is worth a pick up.