ECCC 2010: Hack/Slash moves to Image Comics

Announced at Emerald City Comicon, after years of cult success at Devil's Due Publishing, creator Tim Seeley is moving his horror series Hack/Slash to Image Comics, starting with the 4 issue miniseries, Hack/Slash: My First Maniac.  Look for the first issue on June 9.  You can also catch up with the reprinting of the Hack/Slash Omnibus Vol. 1 on the same date.

Check out the press release:

HACK/SLASH AND IMAGE COMICS MAKE IT EXCLUSIVE
Tim Seeley moves fan favorite HACK/SLASH to Image Comics

Berkeley, CA – 13 March 2010 – Tim Seeley and Image Comics announced today during Emerald City ComiCon that critically acclaimed cult horror hit HACK/SLASH is now exclusive to Image. HACK/SLASH: MY FIRST MANIAC, an all-new four-issue miniseries written by Tim Seeley and illustrated by Daniel Leister, will be the inaugural launch for HACK/SLASH at Image.

"My little creator owned book is making the move to the biggest creator owned comic company!" exclaimed Hack/Slash creator Tim Seeley. "The move is sanctioned by Devil's Due Publishing, and Josh Blaylock has been helping me with the transition. June will see the release of the first issue of HACK/SLASH: MY FIRST MANIAC, which is set in Cassie's past and is the perfect tale for new readers as well as those who've been following the book for several years. And, best of all, my crack creative team of artist Dan Leister, colorist Mark Englert, editor Jim Lowder and letterer Crank! are coming with me to Image-Land."

Adds Image Publisher Eric Stephenson, "After working with Tim on LOADED BIBLE, we welcomed the chance to collaborate with him again. We are delighted that Tim decided to move HACK/SLASH to Image!"

At the end of every horror movie, one girl always survives. In HACK/SLASH, Cassie Hack not only survives, she turns the tables by hunting and destroying the slashers that would harm the innocent! Alongside the gentle giant known as Vlad, the two cut a bloody path through those who deserve to be put down… hard!

HACK/SLASH: MY FIRST MANIAC explores Cassie's first case. 16-year-old Cassie Hack has just been forced to kill her mother, the undead murderer known as the Lunch Lady. Now faced with overwhelming guilt, she must decide if she can make a life with her foster parents or use her new-found slasher killing skills to save other screaming teenagers. But does the apple fall far from the tree? A perfect jumping-on point for new readers and a previously untold tale for old fans!

HACK/SLASH: MY FIRST MANIAC #1, a 32-page full color comic book for $3.50, will be in stores June 9, 2010. Also available on June 9 are HACK/SLASH OMNIBUS VOL. 1 (new printing) and HACK/SLASH, VOL. 3: FRIDAY THE 31ST (new printing).

Comments

  1. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Might have to try out that omnibus. I’ve never read Hack/Slash, but the pitch has always struck me as an alt take on the Buffy concept. Not another vampire slayer, but a slasher flick survivor. A playful deconstruction of all those horror tropes. Image sounds like a good place for the property. 

  2. This is awesome. Tim is one of the most creative people I have met so it is exciting to see Hack/Slash moving to one of my favorite publishers.

  3. JFernandes (@jdfernandes) says:

    First G.I. Joe, now this.  I wonder well DDP will be doing after this move.

  4. I’ve read a lot of Hack?Slash and it’s a good set up with a pair of strong lead characters. The stories can swing from great to so-so depending usually on how good the bad guy is. Like most action or horror stories.

  5. I think this move is for the best. I don’t think Hack/Slash was getting the right amount of attention at Devil’s Due when it really should of been it’s flagship book. Hopefully being at Image will give it a nice boost in sales/visibility.

  6. Hack/Slash is the example I hold up for "Fun comics". IF you are a fan of 80’s era slasher films, the good and the bad then you should check out the series. I end every story with a big smile on my face. It really is a blast and it shows in the work how much Seeley loves the genre. I’d say the Omibuses are worth picking up. I’m wondering if there will be 3rd Omnibus from DDP before it goes to image (cause I’d like to get it if so)

  7. Time to start the DDP deathwatch? Things sounded bad when Suintress interviewed Josh Blaylock in November. Now they’re losing one of – if not the – best sellers in the line. 

    Good luck to Seeley though. It’s a good book and should get better distribution with Image behind it. I enjoy the hell outta my Omnibi.

  8. Yeah I was pretty proud of Seeley. He seemed pretty happy. I hope this big step will get his book where it needs to go because, brandname be damned, it’s my favorite indie book out there.

  9. Awesome! I love Hack/Slash. You can both omnibuses right now and there not to expensive, well for an omnibus.

  10. If this makes the series even more better then it all ready is then i´m gonna be one little happy fanboy.

  11. I have to say this is a great move on Seeley’s part. I got both Omnibi and loved them. I then tried to support the book in individual issues, but the distribution was spotty at best with #26 never shipping to any stores in my area. I dropped it in issues because of this.

  12. My friend was worried that this would get canned due to DDPs financial problems. This looks like a good move for Tim Seeley. I wish Drafted would go to Image as well.

  13. I didn’t think it was true but Seeley is actually cooler in person than on tv. We gabbed and gabbed for almost an hour!

  14. Like @jurassicalien said, this is just a fun comic. Certainly if you’ve ever enjoyed an 80s slasher/horror flick. Hopefully this move will bring more exposure to the title.

  15. Just awesome to read http://www.bleedingcool.com/2010/03/16/tim-seeley-mans-up-over-hackslash/

    I’d say people should start picking up Hack/Slash now just to support a stand up guy in the industry.  

  16. I just read the first omnibus for this series. It was surprisingly better then I thought it would be. A bit cheesecakey but what are you going to do when one of the locations is a ‘Girls Gone Wild’ set? Good amount of humor, some nice artwork, and some strange ideas make this a nice action/horror comic. Could work as a film too since it got picked up for one.