Writer’s Commentary: Shawn Aldridge Talks Hack/Slash Vs. Vampirella #3

Dynamite has sent us a new writer’s commentary by Shawn Aldridge as he talks about Hack/Slash Vs. Vampirella #3. It has covers by Jen Vaughn and Goran Sudžuka and interiors by Rapha Lobosco.

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When the Queen of Hearts starts possessing bodies, Cassie and Vampi’s alliance hits a bit of a rough patch and things turn into a battle you can really sink your teeth into. Because … vampires. Buy the book, read the book, then follow along here …

Page 1-2
The obligatory showdown. Though this issue is mostly a giant fight scene, I wanted to use it to give a few extra layers to the Blood Queen. Also, give Cassie’s a few moments.

Page 3:
There’s a lot of ways to get to the two heroes fight. Here I went with “by possession.” Doing so allowed me to explore both the Blood Queen and Cassie.

Page 4-5:
I liked the idea of getting to see Cassie through the eyes of another, though I guess, in this case, the “eyes” are still Cassie’s.

Page 6-9:
Fight scenes for me are always more interesting if there’s another layer of info being given off.

Page 10-13:
As Vampirella and Vlad plan their takedown of Cassie/Blood Queen, a plan Vlad is a bit shaky on, we get into why it is the Blood Queen is doing what she does. A villain is more interesting when there’s a touch of human to them.

Page 14-17:
I love the way Chris colored these pages of Cassie’s “ideal life.” I tossed in a reference to the original Hack/Slash series with Georgia.

Page 18:
Turns out the Blood Queen didn’t know Cassie as well as she thought. Cassie’s “suits” line is a nice summation of her as a character/person.

Page 19:
I love this page. Everything about it. I really wanted Cassie to own the moment while owning her life here.

Page 20-22:
All seems well and good, then BAM! Cliffhanger!

About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.