Saturday, August 27, 2016

Comic Book Review: Kill or Be Killed #1

Kill or Be Killed #1 - Written by Ed Brubaker; Art by Sean Phillips, Elizabeth Breitweiser; Published by Image Comics.

By Kenny Howell

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips follow up to The Fade Out moves into a different era and into the supernatural in Kill or Be Killed.

Dylan is a depressed young man because things just aren't going his way on all fronts, and the world is kind of crap. The first few pages are a treatise by Dylan on just what is wrong with society, and how everything is falling apart. When he overhears his roommate, one which he has an on again off again relationship with, mostly behind her boyfriend's back, say she feels sorry for him, he decides that's enough.

He heads up to the roof of his building and takes a dive, but a bunch of strategically placed stuff like clotheslines do enough to break his fall and save his life.

However, when he gets back to his room, he gets a visitor. And it's not his roommate ready for another romp behind her boyfriend's back. It's something that is going to change his life forever.

Brubaker is a master of dialogue, so the intro to this book, which goes on for several pages, is a Fight Club-ian rant on the disgusting parts of our society, and no surprise it really is its strength. When we get to the device of the story, what's going to carry it forward, it's a bit tough to swallow because it sort of doesn't fit in this world, but then again it does. It is what this series is going to be about, so it doesn't seem like a cop out, but it has sort of has been done before.

However, Sean Phillips is Sean Phillips and him and Brubaker compliment each other so well that you can forgive some things. I don't like it quite as much as The Fade Out, but it is a strong first issue, and I'll definitely stick with it.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10

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