Although some might consider me a relative newcomer to the niche, I’m a big fan of late-night conspiracy radio programs. I’ve been avidly listening to them on a regular basis for nearly fifteen years now. In fact, I’m listening to Coast to Coast as I write this piece. You see, a number of years ago, I was undergoing a bout of insomnia and nothing could fix the problem: not music, not fresh air, not evening exercise and not late-night snacking. The only thing that really came close to helping me get the shut-eye I needed was watching Oliver Stone’s JFK in the wee hours of the morning. Which was, looking back, a bit of a tip-off.
I’m also a fan of television shows like Ancient Aliens, Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and Mythbusters. Really, it was only a matter of time before some astute writer/artist tandem would merge the conspiracy story-telling industry into a fully-fledged comic book storyline.
Well, that time is now. And that comic book is Hoax Hunters.
Some might say that Image Comics, the publisher of Hoax Hunters, is at the top of their game these days. That someone would be right! Looking over my notes, I see that the company has made The Wednesday Run a number of times already this year. It’s undeniable, given the premise of this new series and my interest in the subject matter, that they make it again.
Written by Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley and illustrated by JM Ringuet, Hoax Hunters (originally a back-up story in the pages of Hack/Slash) steps out into it’s own spotlight with a gateway #0 issue. That makes it an easy decision to pick up – you’re not tied down to a sprawling story if you’re not sure about the characters or the subject matter. If you are sure, no worries. A positive response to this #0 issue will kindle the flames of hope that a regular Hoax Hunters series will begin later this summer.
In regards to the comic’s premise, Hoax Hunters is a television series that investigates cryptids, strange monsters, unexpected aliens and other forms of unusual recorded weirdness in the world. The three hosts of the show attempt to disprove life’s oddities in front of the camera – but behind it, they actually cover up dark mysteries! Whoa! Is it time to start a paranoid blog aimed at de-hoaxing Hoax Hunters? A midnight radio show exposing their Machiavellian deception? Nah. Better to climb aboard for a darkly weird conspiratorial roller-coaster ride!
Make the Wednesday Run today and pick up the #0 issue of Hoax Hunters. It’s not going to put you to sleep if you’re suffering from insomnia, but it’ll make your restless night-time hours much more interesting.
Every Wednesday, JP makes the after-work run to his local downtown comic book shop. Comics arrive on Wednesdays you see and JP, fearful that the latest issue will sell out, rushes out to purchase his copy. This regular, weekly column will highlight a particularly interesting release, written in short order, of course, because JP has to get his – before someone else does!