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A Writer’s Commentary: Shawn Aldridge on Hack/Slash vs Vampirella #2, on sale NOW!

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    A Writer’s Commentary: Shawn Aldridge on Hack/Slash vs Vampirella #2, on sale NOW from Dynamite!

    The Blood Red Queen of Hearts continues her quest to win the love of the Mad-god Chaos by sacrificing innocents. Cassie Hack and Vampirella have teamed up to put a stop to it by any means necessary. Including a good, old-fashioned baseball bat beating.

    Share it all here with writer Shawn Aldridge. Buy the book, read the book, come back here for some behind-the-scenes fun!


    Shawn Aldridge ….

    Pg 1-4

    Picking up where we left off with issues #1, Cassie and Vlad are battling a demon. Here I wanted to establish that Cassie isn’t necessarily in a situation she’s unfamiliar with, not a fish out of water. She’s just doesn’t care for the water. Demons ain’t her thing. Another element is seeing that Cassie and Vlad know how to fight together. They’re a team.

    Pg 5

    Things look lost for our heroes. Cassie’s stabbing the demon in the balls is a way to show she’s a bit of a dirty fighter. Rapha’s angles and perspective really help sell the kinetic energy of the fight.

    Pg 6

    Speaks for itself.

    Pg 7-8

    Again, stressing the difference between Vampirella and Cassie’s relationship vs Vampirella and Vlad’s. The other thing I try to accomplish with this transition scene is give a little more bits of character definition. Info that makes the characters feel a little more real and layered.

    Pg 9

    The Blood Queen. A simple scene. Just giving a little more character to Blood Queen. Her hate for Vampirella.

    Pg 10-11

    A scene that’s told more through Rapha’s art than the writing. There’s a lot of body language that’s selling who Cassie is – Cassie’s impatience.

    Pg 12-13

    If you have to do an info dump, in this case, the origin of the Blood Queen, you try to find an interesting way to do it. I like doing scenes where the info is overlaid on a scene where the action matches but only in a metaphorical way.

    Pg 14-15

    Intro the classic costume. This is one of my favorite scenes in the book. The reactions of Cassie and Vlad convey so much of who they are.

    Pg 16-17

    Vampirella has no time for Cassie’s attitude or opinions on her attire. Cassie and Vlad get a moment. Fist bumps are never bad.

    Pg 18

    I poke a little fun at myself with the abandoned warehouse line. I really like Vampirella’s last line.

    Pg 19-20

    We finally get to see all three in action together.

    Pg 21

    Cassie makes a mistake and the tension mounts.

    Pg 22

    Leave them wanting more. Also, you knew the Cassie vs. Vampirella fight was coming.