From Image Comics, Michael Moreci, Steve Seeley, Axel Medellin, Charo Solis, Jim Campbell, and Sean Dove
As issue #7 closed out last month, we were treated to the unique back story of Ken, and Regan found herself painted into a corner by Donovan, revealed to be a demon, which plays into the character’s personality so well that it’s not hard to believe and when revealed blindsides the reader, simultaneously. The key to issue #8 comes from a body found in the last issue, that suggests to Jack that gnomes may not be the culprit after all.
Issue #8 showcases what Moreci and Seeley do extremely well: just when you have the story figured out, these guys take it into a direction you don’t see coming. Unpredictability is where this book thrives. Hoax Hunters # 8 picks up right where it left off in the last issue; a showdown between Regan, Donovan, and Donovan’s golem. Instead of an all out battle, Donovan talks things down. Like Jack, Donovan has a lot of knowledge that the audience, and the central characters don’t always have. This issue, more than any of them, solidifies how alike Donovan and Jack are, even if their motivations are what separate them.
Even more intriguing is how deep the mythology of this series goes. Moreci and Seeley play with the idea of thought forms, and just how powerful what we think can be in this world, to the point of physical manifestation. The Hoax Hunters crew also has their own team to cover things up, similar to the Men in Black. Complete with flame throwers!
This issue closes with a lot of the pressing questions answered, but with that, new ones pop up all the time. Long time readers will find a couple of familiar faces emerge from issue #5, as well as Jack’s portal jumping, this time into a frightening reality. This series continues to amaze, and with issue #9, the crew get their flip book on! You don’t want to miss out on that!