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Comic Review: Curse #1
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Curse #1 cover by Colin Lorimer, Boom StudiosCurse #1
Written by Michael Moreci & Tim Daniel
Art by Riley Rossmo & Colin Lorimer
Letters by Jim Campbell
Covers by Colin Lorimer (A) & Riley Rossmo (B)
Boom! Studios
Release Date: January 15, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99

Cursed #1 would have been a lesser comic all together if not for the tool of storytelling used by the creative team. In fact, I don’t think I would’ve liked it at all otherwise.

Writers Michael Moreci and Tim Daniel make use of their talents to make what could have been a mediocre story fantastic. This isn’t “OH MY GOD! THEY’RE PUTTING AN ALL-NEW SPIN ON THE GENRE!,” but what they DID do was use a very unique way to tell this story. I can’t stress that the way they tell this story is SO FUN! It starts with an aftermath of sorts, and the issue ends on a huge reveal that, even though you knew was coming, really knocks you for a loop. Amidst all of that, we get some great information about what’s going on, where the story is headed, and what the purpose of this book is.

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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 #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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