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Book Review: The Art of He-Man and The Masters of the Universe
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The Art of He-Man review
The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Written by Tim & Steve Seeley with James Eatock
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Cover Price: $39.99

The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is, at its core, a love letter to the best toy franchise in the history of the world. Yes, I am a HUGE He-Man fan, and yes, I’m biased. But, at the very least, you have to respect a toy line that didn’t come from another medium, took on a life of it’s own, and made literally BILLIONS of dollars for the Mattel toy company and has continued on, in one form or another, to this very day.

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Comic Review: Hoax Hunters, Vol. 2
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Hoax Hunters, Vol. 2Hoax Hunters, Vol. 2
Secrets And Lies
Written by Michael Moreci & Steve Seeley
Art by Axel Medellin & Brent Schoonover
Colors by Rosario Costanzo & Charo Solis
Letters by Jim Campbell
Design by Sean Dove
Image Comics
Release Date: May 15, 2013
Cover Price: $9.99

As much as I hate to admit it, there’s one thing I can say for sure about Hoax Hunters, Vol. 2: it’s a MUCH better read in trade than it is in single issue format. Admittedly, I love the monthly form a LOT better, but when you read this trade all in one sitting, it’s just better.

Writers Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley really put the team through the gambit in this chapter, having them deal with everything from lawn gnomes to a reality TV show convention to vampires to a group that hunts the actual Hoax Hunters, to…well, you get the idea. Each chapter flows directly into the next, and without the 30 day wait periods, you really get a much better paced and more exiting story than you’d be reading in the monthlies. Yes, this book is good, but it’s almost great when you read it in this format. The story flows much better, Moreci and Seeley are still able to grab the audience by the shirt with suspense, but again, it’s much more compelling when it’s done this way. Am I saying the book should go straight to trade? No, not at all. I’ve just saying that you shouldn’t feel bad about trade waiting for this great series.

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Comic Review: Hoax Hunters #8
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Hoax Hunters #8Hoax Hunters #8
Story by Michael Moreci & Steve Seeley
Art by Axel Medellin
Flats & color assistance by Charo Solis
Letters by Jim Campbell
Design by Sean Dove
Cover by Sean Dove
Image Comics
Release Date: March 13,2013
Cover Price: $2.99

Hoax Hunters #8 continues its fun, entertaining, and interesting story that has both features of a stand alone AND continuity, something rarely seen in today’s comic market.

Writers Michael Moreci & Steve Seeley wrap up a Hoax Hunters mystery this issue and set the stage for upcoming story lines. My guy reaction is that this story should’ve been wrapped up maybe a little bit sooner. I read Hoax Hunters on a monthly basis and I have to say, I was almost lost by the time this story was finished. I think if there were maybe a few LESS supporting characters, and maybe an issue less of this particular story arc, it would’ve been a lot more enjoyable. Understand, by no means am I saying that it’s a bad comic, far from it, I just think that this shouldn’t have maybe dragged on as long as it did.

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Comic Review: Hoax Hunters #7
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Hoax Hunters #7Hoax Hunters #7
Story by Michael Moreci & Steve Seeley
Art by Axel Medellin
FLats & Color Assists by Charo Solis
Letters by Jim Campbell
Design by Sean Dove
Cover by Axel Medellin
Image Comics
Release Date: February 13, 2013
Cover Price: $2.99

In Hoax Hunters #7 we get a nice payoff, and we also get thrown for a giant loop with a twist ending that you won’t see coming. It’s a very satisfying issue, but it does have a couple of things that drove me a little crazy. Sink or swim? Let’s find out!

Writers Michael Moreci & Steve Seeley turn out a great story/script this issue. It picks up where last issue left off, and includes a nice recap page for those who might be picking up this book for the first time. There’s all the trademark Hoax Hunters goodness. Mystery, monsters, hoaxes, and more. As I stated earlier, this book has a great surprise ending, and there’s a cliffhanger on almost every page. This book is really starting to mature. It bares almost no resemblance to the earlier issues in the series, and I’m NOT saying that those early issues were bad, I’m just stating that Moreci and Seeley have grown as storytellers.

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Comic Review: Hoax Hunters, Vol. 1
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Hoax Hunters, Vol. 1Hoax Hunters, Vol. 1
Story by Michael Morecci and Steve Seeley
Art by Axel Medellin, Jim Ringuet, and Emilio Laiso
Letters by Jim Campbell
Mothman by Jeremy Tinder
Image Comics
Release Date: December 5, 2012
Cover Price: $14.99

In Michael Morecci and Steve Seeley’s Hoax Hunters we are given a story that has become somewhat of a staple in comics over the last decade or so: the paranormal investigation teams. Now, most of these are about battling the supernatural, preventing the destruction of the world, secret organizations, blah, blah, blah. But it’s a hard story to tell when you have titles like Hellboy and the many associated spin-offs that have seemingly mastered this subgenre to be compared to. Hoax Hunters though, has a twist.

In the comic, Hoax Hunters is a reality TV show about three investigators (with some others who assist, like an astronaut suit full of crows named ‘Murder’) who debunk the weird, terrifying, supernatural, and creepy for their audience. These guys go anywhere and everywhere with their camera in tow and figure out the reasonable explanation to the mystery, like the gang from Scooby-Doo. What the three don’t say on camera though, is that whenever they encounter a real paranormal or supernatural occurrence, they do everything they can to cover it up. They are the anti X-Files (there is even a poster in the office that says “I don’t want to believe”) protecting us from the Truth.

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Comic Review: Hoax Hunters #4
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Hoax Hunters #4Hoax Hunters #4
Story by Michael Moreci & Steve Seeley
Art by Axel Medellin
Flats & Color Assists by Charo Solis
Letters by Jim Campbell
Design by Sean Dove
Cover by Keith Burns
Image Comics
Release Date: October 10, 2012
Cover Price: $2.99

Hoax Hunters #4 is just like the previous three issues. A good, solid, mystery/horror comic that’s never over the top and never relies on gross-out, over the top violence.

Writers Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley turn up the heat with this issue. There’s a lot of never before revealed mystery of the group’s past, along with the usual fun mystery-solving adventure. This issue, we get to finally delve deeper into the back story of one member of the group, setting up some potentially great story revelations for future issues. Not to be outdone, the main story is a whole lot of fun. It’s a great adventure where we get to see the WHOLE group working together and you get the feeling that for the first time, they’re truly a team. Overall, another great issue from the writing team. It’s got a fantastic last page shocker, that’ll have you waiting for the next issue.

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Comic Review: Hoax Hunters #1
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Image Comics: Hoax Hunters #1Hoax Hunters #1
Written by Michael Moreci & Steve Seeley
Art by Axel Medellin
Inks by John Lucas
Cover by Tim Seeley
Image Comics
Release Date: July 4, 2012
Cover Price: $2.99

You all now me, whenever it come to horror I run screaming the other way. Basically, I’ve been described as Scooby-Doo on two legs with less hair. So, I went into Hoax Hunters #1 with cautious optimism. I REALLY liked issue #0, and thought, why not? If it gets gory, I can always stop reading it.

Writers Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley have got something REALLY unique here. The basic premise is, a bunch of people investigate strange and odd occurrences, all the while filming it for their reality show, appropriately titled “Hoax Hunters.” What I loved about this book is the character dynamics. You have the gang trying to figure out just what the hell the mystery is in a small town, and why everything’s dying, but at the same time you get what’s going on in their real lives. Look out, Moreci and Seeley! I can already picture someone swiping your premise. The reality show BEHIND the reality show is a great, fresh new concept, and it’s going to be great to see how this plays out. They give us TWO stories every issue – one of the Hoax Hunters trying to find out what’s really going on, and one where the reader is trying to find out what’s really going on with the Hoax Hunters themselves. All combined, this makes for a very entertaining, engrossing comic that you’re not going to want to put down!

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Comic Review: Hoax Hunters #0
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Hoax Hunters 0Hoax Hunters #0
Story by Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley
Art by JM Ringuet
Inks by John Lucas
Cover by Steve Seeley
Image Comics
Release Date: March 21, 2012
Cover Price: $2.99

There’s a lot to be said about Hoax Hunters. I could easily fall into the comparison trap. You know, the one where the guys in the comic book store says “It’s Buffy meets Scooby-Doo meets Mad Men!”, but I’m not a big fan of that. Things need to be judged and sold on their own merit. That said, this comic does take a few modern day pop culture staples, and turns them on their ears.

Writers Steve Seeley and Michael Moreci have taken something that I normally would gloss over on the comic racks and turned it into something that I can’t wait to read. Without going too deep into spoiler territory, the Hoax Hunters is a group that goes out and investigates, let’s just say, suspicious activities.

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