Trade Of The Month: Kill or be Killed
Kill or be Killed Volume One is created by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Elizabeth Breitweiser. Ed Brubaker is known for pulp fiction stories much like this one. Sean Phillips does a lot of dark, gritty art in comics. Elizabeth Breitweiser has done a lot of coloring in books like these. The basic story is a college kid has to kill or will be killed. It's a lot more complicated than that though and I'll get into all of it, the story, writing, art, colors, and more.
As said before the basis of the story is that this college kid, Dylan has to kill or be killed. Like I mentioned, it's a lot more complicated than that. As it turns out its a demon that is forcing Dylan to kill. The demon is forcing him to kill because it saved his life. It saved his life when he tried to kill himself. He tried to kill himself because his best friend, Kira, told his roommate, her boyfriend, that she pitied him. This sent him over the edge. Now if he doesn't kill one person a month for the demon the demon will kill him so KILL or be KILLED. That's the long of it.
The writing almost seems like it doesn't know what it's going for but that's actually part of its charm. The narrative is told through Dylan's point of view. It genuinely seems like some sort of amateur story teller because it he is goes on tangents and has to backtrack the story. In essence this just makes it seem more real and organic. It just gets better as it goes on. The dialogue flows naturally and the characters feel so realistic because of the things they say and how they say them. What's even better is you don't know if he's just crazy or the demon is real. By the end you realize how brilliantly it is laid out and designed.
How all these things comes together is where the magic happens. This creative team works seamlessly together. It makes that they didn't label themselves as writer, artist, and colorist. This is a brilliantly made book. Everything flows so well together. The colors are killer, the art slays, the writing murders, and all together it blows you away. This couldn't be anything other than a STRONG BUY!!!
GRADE: STRONG BUY!!!