Price: $19.99

Cover: Jenny Frison

Writer: Shawn Aldridge

Art: Rapha Lobosco

Page Count: 136 pages

The Vegas strip heats up as Cassie Hack and her companion Vlad are on the trail of a deadly slasher and meet the lovely, yet lethal Vampirella. The team-up event you’ve been waiting for is a high stakes game of chance when they have to take on The Queen of Hearts!

This Volume collects the complete, 5-issue series by Shawn Aldridge (The Dark and Bloody) and Rapha Labosco (James Bond), and features all of the covers by Jenny Frison, Carli Ihde, Jen Vaughn, Kyle Strahm, Chrissie Zullo, Goran Sudzuka, Michael Dooney, Bully Tucci, and more!

Fair warning now that I will probably damning this book with faint praise as the saying goes.  There is nothing inherently wrong with the book, it’s just doesn’t too much to make it really stand out.

I have never read any Hack/Slash, I just know it was created by artist/writer Tim Seely, who has gone to do mainly writing work for DC Comics.  I know it’s a horror book and it deals with hunting down slasher type killers.

Now Vampirella I know well.  She has gone through a lot of reboots over her time, but her 1970s puply horror roots remain the same most of the time.

In this book, you don’t get to know to much about the characters but you get to know enough to explain things and move things along.  Most of the plot deals with a Vampirella villain who the Hack/Slash team gets drawn into dealing with as well.

Then the 4 issues is basically a bit of back and forth as they battle the Queen of Hearts several times during the story.  There is a cute sub plot where Vampirella thinks the character Vlad is hot, but most of the sub plots like when the Queen of Hearts tries to take over Cassie Hack’s mind are just no very inspired.

Most of the time the art is good and very good in places, but there were a couple of occasions I had to check to see if another artist was brought in because the quality of the work shifted so.

The cover designs with the playing card motif is really fun and looks good but I am not one to buy a comic for it’s covers (which for Dynamite that means they did a bunch of different covers).

I give this book a 2.5 out of 5 because while it’s not bad, it’s just not that great either.  The story could have been done is a one shot.

If you want to find out more about this book go to – https://www.dynamite.com/htmlfiles/viewProduct.html?PRO=C152410664X

Disclaimer: Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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