Review – Kill Shakespeare #7


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Kill Shakespeare #7The political intrigue ups a bit in Kill Shakespeare #7 and there’s a play within a play (hmmm, wonder where that idea came from) that shows off Andy Belanger‘s art chops.

Written by Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col this issue is a play within a play as a traveling troop heads to town and puts on a show for Hamlet and Juliet after their mini-uprising.

The play’s the thing… it’s Twelfth Night and the Prodigals celebrate their first victory over Richard. The festivities bring music, merriment and a magical carnival—as well as a mysterious ringleader that sheds impossible insight into Hamlet’s past, forcing the Prince to come face-to-face with a shameful secret that may turn Juliet and others against him forever.

The story is great and fits Shakespeare’s habit of stories in the stories a lot, but the visuals Belanger puts together is what really stands out, especially during Hamlet’s breakdown.

I’ve devoured the first seven issues of this series, and can’t wait to see how this twelve issue series wraps up.  I highly recommend it.

Plot: McCreery and Del Col have put together an issue that forces Hamlet to face what he’s done and grow up a bit more.  The story is pretty entertaining, especially how it reflects Shakespeare’s story structure so well, but really the story drives fantastic art in this issue.  Rating: 8.5

Art: Belanger’s art is amazing here.  Something just really clicked for me, but the use of perspective and the pages, especially towards the end, is amazing.  Just shows how comics can use visuals to drive the story and adds to the written word.  Rating: 9.5

Overall: A fun story that very much evokes Shakespeare, but the art and it’s use of angles and perspective are amazing.  Kill Shakespeare is a fantastic series and one I’m looking forward to each month now.  Overall rating: 9

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 24 pages    Price: $3.99     Release: Out Now

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.