Review – Hoax Hunters

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Hoax Hunters Teaser1Three short pages, that’s all this back up comic has to hook you.  And after reading it, give it it’s own damn comic.  Hoax Hunters written by Steve Seeley and Michael Moreci and art by JM Ringuet the back up is running through 2011 in Image Comics’ Hack/Slash.

Chupacabra. Yeti. The Montauk Monster. All the creatures of folklore, legend, and Internet fame–what if they were real? They’d be made to appear fake by a reality TV show, of course! HOAX HUNTERS is that show, though to their viewing audience, their goal is the exact opposite: seeking out YouTube sensations, tabloid creatures, and reported monsters and proving them to be false. The HOAX HUNTERS demonstrate that the truth isn’t out there.

Three short pages, that’s all it has.  A general plot needs to be laid, characters introduced and a hook to bring us back needs to wrap it up.  Hoax Hunters does pull it off.  Take the current “busters” series on television and mash them together and you get this series.  Mythbusters + Ghost Hunters + Ghost Adventures and you pretty much have what this series is.  The leader, the scientist, the goth/spooky hot chick, they’re all here and it seems pretty entertaining.

Three pages, that’s all this has to set it up and get you hooked, and I think it pulls it off.

Plot: Seeley and Moreci have a difficult task to get you interested and lay the groundwork in three pages, a total of 15 panels.  The story is laid out, the characters are introduced and through it all, it’s different enough to get me interested (bonus that I’m a sucker for the shows it’s riffing off of).  Mission accomplished, I want a full series.  Rating: 8

Art: The art by Ringuet is pretty solid.  It doesn’t totally blow me away, but there’s some interesting perspectives and use of panels as well as good character design.  It’s tougher to judge the art as three pages is hard to see consistency, but so far, so good.  Rating: 8

Overall:  The fact I want this to be it’s own series should say everything you need to know as to how I feel.  Overall rating: 8

Recommendation: Buy (A separate review for Hack/Slash will follow at a later date)

Page count: 3 (just this story) pages    Price: $3.50    Release Date: 3/9/2010

Michael Moreci provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.

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