Tim Seeley and Stefano Caselli's Hack / Slash is a delight whether you're a horror fiend, a comic book lover, or simply a fan of badass heroines. (Or scantily clad ones. Hey, they have to lure in the boys somehow when it dares to star a woman, right? Yes, I'm being sarcastic.) The ongoing series stars Cassandra "Cassie" Hack, a fearless girl who is every Final Girl combined into one kick-ass, baseball bat swinging chick. Her origin story is the stuff that usually spawns a serial killer, as her mother was tired of seeing her little Cassie bullied, and went on a lunchroom killing spree. (Shades of Crystal Lake!) After surviving that, a missing father, and numerous foster homes, Cassie decides to educate herself in the ways of combat, and take on the unpleasant task of hunting and killing all manner of slashers, monsters, and demons. Aiding Cassie in her grisly work is the mysterious, hulking Vlad who sports a gas mask to disguise his appearence. Though she's plenty busy hunting down evil, Cassie still finds some time to question her sexuality, meet potential love interests, and makes new friends, including a hairless demon dog named Pooch. (You wouldn't believe how a beaky, otherworldly dog can tear at your heartstrings.)
What makes the series such a treat for real horror lovers is the way it runs wild with references and cameos. Many of the slashers are thinly veiled versions of Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, and Jason Voorhees, "real" horror icons have made cameos. She's run into Chucky and H.P. Lovecraft's Reanimator, Herbert West, and one issue had real-life comic authors Steve Niles, Scottie Young, and Robert Kirkman make an appearance.
The movie adaptation has been brewing for some time, with directors coming and going and its Justin Marks script staying. (Considering the way he's lost gigs lately, who would be surprised if this project is the next to get a rewrite?) But Relativity is confident that Bond is their man, and hope the film will begin shooting in the winter as a Rogue Pictures tentpole. Now, will Megan Fox get her wish, and be the one to wield Cassie's bat?