A monster god has been awakened, the same god humans took out thousands of years ago; only this time he’s a lot angrier and ready for a fight. Uh oh. Is it good?
Hack/Slash: Son Of Samhain #2 (Image Comics)
Our heroine Hack is back in the business of killing monsters and other vile creatures. She’s banded together with an old man who was tipped off on some very evil creatures rising up south of the U.S./Mexico border. Last issue ended with them catching up on some misfits who have kidnapped a small boy. Hmm…how does this connect to the monster god?
What’s with the giant bean?
Writers Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley once again bring in the mythological thread that they used last issue to set up the big bad in this series. It’s an intriguing way of raising the stakes because if something has history, then damn it our heroes will join that history shortly.
The issue balances between the bad guy explaining his deal to a minion (yeah, it’s sort of cliche to do it this way but stay with me) and our heroes as they track down the boy. The action is there, the reveals are there and the monsters are ever so titillating. What makes this book sing however, is some interesting perspectives from these two groups.
The bad guys have a very good reason for why humans should be enslaved. It’s all about humans’ sense of self, or lack thereof. It’s an interesting bit of psychology to say the least. On the flip side we have the heroes, who explain their thoughts on what makes you who you are and believing in things. Religion and politics make up who we are and we can only hope the thing we choose to believe in whatever harms the fewest amount people. These two ideologies set the tone for where the characters are coming from philosophically and that helps build up the meaning behind all the fighting. In other words, it gives the action meaning.
All this talking does mean there’s some heavy handed exposition here and there that slows down the action, but it’s balanced well with the reveals and action.
The art is exceptionally detailed and fun to look at. Emilio Laiso draws a mean monster, and he thankfully keeps Hack from being a sex object. Sure there’s an occasional g-string popping out, but she’s not overly sexualized for the viewer’s sake. She’s a hero, strong and proud, and the images hold that up.
Is It Good?
This is rounding out to be an interesting read due to some choice moments of thought provoking conversations. Recommended.