Hoax 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.