Thursday, January 1, 2015

Crossover Cover: Hack/Slash: Entry Wound

A battle between the heroes of several universes and the “sentient hyperconcept” Mary Shelley Lovecraft causes all the holiday-themed slashers of Cassie Hack and Vlad’s universe to be resurrected. Lovecraft’s foes include the Dusk Patrol, John Prufrock and the agents of the Lodge, the residents of the Boneyard, the Daughter of Alice Liddle, a demoness in the employ of Heaven, the Living Corpse, the Halloween Man, and the Answer. At the end of the battle, Lovecraft finds herself in Lovebunny & Mr. Hell’s world. Cassie mentions fighting “that little leprechaun bastard.” The Dusk Patrol is from an unpublished comic by Hack/Slash creator Tim Seeley. John Prufrock and the Lodge are from Alex Grecian and Riley Rossmo’s comic Proof. The Boneyard is from the comic of the same name by Richard Moore. The Daughter of Alice Liddle is Calie Liddle from the comic book series Wonderland. The demoness is Mercy Sparx from a comic book miniseries by Josh Blaylock and Matt Merhoff. The Living Corpse is the title character of a comic book by Ken Haeser and Buz Hasson. Halloween Man is the subject of a web comic created by Drew Edwards. The Answer is from Mike Norton and Dennis Hopeless’ comic of the same name. Cassie has already met the Living Corpse recently, and will later encounter Mercy Sparx; therefore, both of them appear to be native to the CU. She will also later travel to Halloween Man’s alternate universe. Another Hack/Slash storyline has a reference to the Answer, confirming him as existing in the CU as well. It is uncertain which, if any, of the other characters are native to the CU, though in Calie Liddle’s case it is unlikely. Lovebunny & Mr. Hell are from the superhero parody comic of the same name by Seeley. “That little leprechaun bastard” is a reference to the Leprechaun horror film series.


  1. The only crossover here that I'm familiar with is Richard Moore's Boneyard. I'm on the fence about whether it could be part of the CU. The characters are supernatural beings that live quite openly. However, it doesn't seem that anyone outside of the small fictional town knows about them. Said town is perpetually cloaked in night. The first issue has the main human character lampshading this as he crosses from daylight into night. It's a humorous comic so some of it might be exaggeration.

    The point is I can't say for certain whether it violates the world outside the window principle of the CU.

  2. For the Ghost/Shadow crossover and the Vampirella/Frankenstein Mobster crossover, Win speculated that Arcadia and Monstros City were in pocket universes accessible to and from the CU, to explain the fact that monsters live openly in both cities, and neither story indicated the outside world was aware of the supernatural beings lurking in them. So perhaps the town in Boneyard is in another pocket universe of the CU. But I haven't read the series, so I don't know if there's anything to contradict that idea in the comic itself.

  3. I don't remember anything to contradict the idea it is a pocket universe. I'm not sure there really is anything to support it either, but you could certainly consider it a pocket universe.

    Arcadia was part of the whole Dark Horse Superhero Universe so it existed with other fictional cities and superbeings. Mind you, that doesn't mean it couldn't be a pocket universe in the CU or some how accessed from the CU.

    Boneyard was a generally funny comic and well-worth reading. Unfortunately, it did not come out often do to the creators illness and eventually he put the series on hiatus for financial reasons. There has been one issue published since then which I have yet to get my hands on.