Dynamite has sent us a writer’s commentary featuring Shawn Aldridge talking about Hack/Slash vs Vampirella #2, with covers by Carli Ihde and Goran Sudzuka. Interiors by Rapha Lobosco.
Summary: The Blood Red Queen of Hearts continues her quest to win the love of the Mad-god Chaos by sacrificing innocents. Cassie Hack and Vampirella have teamed up to put a stop to it by any means necessary. Including a good, old-fashioned baseball bat beating.
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Picking up where we left off with issues #1, Cassie and Vlad are battling a demon. Here I wanted to establish that Cassie isn’t necessarily in a situation she’s unfamiliar with, not a fish out of water. She’s just doesn’t care for the water. Demons ain’t her thing. Another element is seeing that Cassie and Vlad know how to fight together. They’re a team.
Things look lost for our heroes. Cassie’s stabbing the demon in the balls is a way to show she’s a bit of a dirty fighter. Rapha’s angles and perspective really help sell the kinetic energy of the fight.
Speaks for itself.
Again, stressing the difference between Vampirella and Cassie’s relationship vs Vampirella and Vlad’s. The other thing I try to accomplish with this transition scene is give a little more bits of character definition. Info that makes the characters feel a little more real and layered.
The Blood Queen. A simple scene. Just giving a little more character to Blood Queen. Her hate for Vampirella.
A scene that’s told more through Rapha’s art than the writing. There’s a lot of body language that’s selling who Cassie is — Cassie’s impatience.
If you have to do an info dump, in this case, the origin of the Blood Queen, you try to find an interesting way to do it. I like doing scenes where the info is overlaid on a scene where the action matches but only in a metaphorical way.
Intro the classic costume. This is one of my favorite scenes in the book. The reactions of Cassie and Vlad convey so much of who they are.
Vampirella has no time for Cassie’s attitude or opinions on her attire. Cassie and Vlad get a moment. Fist bumps are never bad.
I poke a little fun at myself with the abandoned warehouse line. I really like Vampirella’s last line.
We finally get to see all three in action together.
Cassie makes a mistake and the tension mounts.
Leave them wanting more. Also, you knew the Cassie vs. Vampirella fight was coming.