Is Cassie Hack the new Buffy??

Her mission in life is to fight monsters and slashers. She’s attractive, tough as nails, and doesn’t take crap from anyone, especially from the preternatural community.

No, I’m not talking about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, though some would say that Tim Seeley’s loudmouth, goth chick turned monster hunter, is cut from the same cloth as our favorite former denizen of Sunnydale. As a matter of fact, Devil’s Due Publishing markets her comic with such hyperbolic copy as: “Hack/Slash is what Buffy might have been if it had been created by Wes Craven and Rob Zombie instead of Joss Whedon.”

As the lone survivor of an attack by a slasher called the lunch lady (a slasher who turned out to be her mother) Cassandra “Cassie” Hack now travels the world hunting down slashers and destroying monsters wherever she happens to find them. 

I think that is where the similarities end, and while there are certain elements that are very reminiscent of our beloved vampire slayer, I think Seeley and artist Emily Stone’s creation have carved out enough unique elements to distinguish her from other major heroines.

One major difference is while Buffy tends to dress more conservatively, Cassie’s depiction as a goth emphasizes her roots in that lifestyle. This should not be mistaken by feminists and others as another example of a male dominated industry’s exploitation of women with titilating images, as I believe that Cassie is too strong a character to even allow herself to be exploited and Seely’s narratives make it clear that her sexuality empowers her rather than enslaves her. I attribute attempts to link her with the Suicide girls or any alternative porn movements as more of a marketing scheme than anything else.

Another major difference is that while Buffy’s vampires and monsters were often used as metaphor for the real angst and horrors of growing up as a teen in American society and to explore the complex themes by subverting the genre’s conventions, Hack Slash is a world inhabitted by the slashers of cult movies made famous by Friday the 13th and others. In fact, the creators are smart enough to be incorporating cult elements into the comic, Cassie having previously met up with the likes of Chucky and in an upcoming arc she will deal with Dr. Herber West from the Re-Animator cult films.

 If you never heard of Cassandra Hack until today, the movie watching public soon will as rumors that 22 year old American actress Megan Fox is said to be “really interested” in the part of Cassie in an upcoming release from Rogue Pictures. At any rate, you can read my review of the latest issue from this excellent ongoing series here.

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2 Responses to Is Cassie Hack the new Buffy??

  1. Spleengrrl says:

    Don’t be naive. Any time a woman is only half-dressed, it isn’t meant to be empowering. Women cannot be empowered by sex. A man can rape a woman but a woman can’t rape a man- not without resorting to using foreign objects. This alone makes the whole sex issue completely different for men and women. And while some women feel “Hey, it’s my choice to strip or be a prostitute or do porn or to be promiscous”, it’s always rooted either in sexual abuse or in a lack of real self-esteem. At first you feel powerful in that you can get a guy to spend $100 bucks on you for the “small price” of taking your clothes off, but then you realize that they could be giving that money to any other girl- or to the girl next to you, who is prettier or sexier. And you’re right back to being an object again or to feeling inferior and insecure. “Sex Positive Feminism” was hotly debated in the 90s & I think they won but the real losers are all women.

  2. tyroshutterbug says:

    Well I disagree. I don’t think that Cassie Hack for example is half dressed as you say, she’s dressed in the goth punk style as a fashion statement and not because men dictate what she wears or doesn’t wear. I know because i have been reading the book for a while now. The artist by the way is a woman, so is she selling out all woman kind by depicting the protagonist as such? Not in my opinion. She can’t walk around dressed like a muslim with a veil covering her face or like a nun because that isn’t in her nature. That’s one reason that the middle east dislikes the west because they perceive women as too liberal in their mannerisms or culture, I think that either extreme is wrong. Besides, no guy or girl or monster for that matter could even lay a hand on her, because she can defend herself and her partner in fightcriming is a hulking masked machete wielding dude. Not worried about Cassie Hacke getting raped anytime soon. I’d be worried more about the would be rapist. Whether you agree or disagree with her fashion style, she’s still a complex and well written character as detailed by Seely on a monthly basis.

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