So, I wanted to just do regular reviews for this week, but I didn't know what to say. I got Sky Doll #2 and Hack/Slash #12, but I don't really know what to say about them. This can only mean that --
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Hack/Slash is a love letter to the horror genre and B-movies -- in comic book form. That's really what it all comes down to. This week, it's celebrating a year of itself (issue 12!), so there's something special. There are cameos from two staples of the horror genre, one of them Milk and Cheese and the other "Bump."
Yeah, I have no clue who they are either, but they're entertaining enough. A psychotic box of milk and cheese and killer woodland creatures provide for some nice moments.
The writer is also an artist, and he penned a good number of pages for this issue, which is pretty cool.
Sky Doll also came out this week, and we finally get to learn about the planet Aqua. It turns out the Empress Lodovica is assassinating the Aquarians' only means of reproduction, thereby turning them into an endangered species.
It's more complicated than that, but very worth it. There are themes of a government become corrupt, a religion breeding fanatics, and the desire for independence.
Yes, there's even a rape scene. Sky Doll is definitely not for youngsters, but if you want a smarter comic besides superheroes, then you should definitely turn here.
In the end, these comics are what they are. Hack/Slash is Hack/Slash. That means there's horror, and it's fun, and there's gratuitous gore and occasional raunchiness. Sky Doll is Sky Doll. That means the themes are usually more than your standard spandex story, and there's the occasional mature situation.
They are what they are.
If they're not your cup of tea, then don't read them. If they are though, you can definitely count on an endorsement from me.