Following a team of debunkers who have their own TV show, they travel to Russia, Louisiana and New Jersey with the goal to disprove mysterious happenings. With a forward by Ben Hansen, one of the stars of Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files, this first volume is a collection of #0-5 of the comic book series.
Being a huge fan of shows like Fact or Faked, Ghost Hunters, and Destination Truth, this comic series felt right up my alley. Unfortunately it fell flat for me. There was so much potential in what they could have done with this series but with how much the story was driven by debunking mysteries, it seemed to open up more than it was disproving.
The cast of characters seem to be a regular bunch of investigators/TV personalities, yet we discover quickly that they’ve all got some special “skills”, making them more like the X-Men than a bunch of ghost hunters. That’s cool and all, but it’s never explained to any length whatsoever. There was also another storyline running alongside the “TV show” one, but to be honest, I wasn’t very sure what exactly was going on. I’m all for complex plots but this completely lost me.
There was so much potential in Hoax Hunters being an amazing series and it probably would have been if it stuck to one main idea. Introducing all the special powers and alternate stories just complicated things and made it feel like this graphic novel was trying to put too much in one story.