Dynamite has sent us a writer’s commentary by Shawn Aldridge for Hack/Slash vs. Vampirella #5, the finale issue of the miniseries. The issue has covers by Chrissie Zullo and Goran Sudžuka with interiors by Rapha Lobosco.
The final hand is dealt as Cassie, Vlad and Vampirella try to stop the Blood Queen from getting the final heart she needs to summon the Mad God Chaos … and before one of them falls. (Listen, someone is falling in this issue!)
Welp, here we are … the end.
The first pages of Vlad’s inner thoughts help add a layer to this scene. We learned how much Vlad cares for Cassie. Here we see it in action.
Vlad paying the price for letting his emotions get the better of him for a moment. Upping the stakes.
Hell hath no fury. Cassie and Vampirella team up, driven by their respective feelings for Vlad. I wanted to make sure their movements mirrored each other to show that they are pretty similar in a lot of ways.
Magic, always there to ruin a day and to give the Blood Queen the upper hand. Also cranking up the stakes by putting another of our mains in peril.
Perhaps my favorite scene in the book. The juxtaposition of the snakes wrapped around Cassie’s head with her explaining how dumb the Blood Queen’s quest for love is gets me every time. It’s also the absurdity! After all the violence, Cassie might just talk them out of this situation.
Vlad’s feelings for Vampirella are too much to contain.
Just a beautiful shot. Kudos to artist Rapha Lobosko, the artist. Metaphorically, a coming together, a trust between the two.
The gang defeating the Blood Queen. They are literally holding each other and they push evil away. I love when action scenes have layers. Not to mention, Cassie poking fun at how it all ends.
Sad to see the gang go. I wish I could get more time with them. All things must come to an end, I guess.
Thanks to everyone who read the series. I appreciate it. Hope you had as much fun as I did.
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