Review – Kill Shakespeare Vol. 1 and Vol. 2

For her first post, new contributor Kalyn covers the first two volumes of Kill Shakespeare. Warning some SPOILERS!

Since I read Volumes 1 and 2 of Kill Shakespeare together, that’s how I’m going to review them.  Using the plots of the original plays, the traits of the characters, and many of Shakespeare’s famous phrases, this comic has put together a very different world populated by some familiar faces and sets them on a strange quest seeking the creator – William Shakespeare.  Some characters stay very much the same as in their play (Iago) but others (especially the younger set of Juliet, Hamlet, and Romeo) change from their original selves into someone much more interesting.

There are a lot of tidbits in the story for fans of Shakespeare and the classic well-known references for people who got their only exposure in high school English class.  Sometimes it’s an inn or town name, sometimes it’s a line, or reference to something that happened in the past but all of them are little gems for those who can spot them.  As someone who hasn’t studied Shakespeare academically, but has seen many of the plays performed and read many more, I appreciated the references sprinkled throughout the story.

There are some questions and loose ends I hope Volume 3 ties up because I really want to know what Tamora has planned, where Will has disappeared to, and what crazy stuff Lady MacBeth has in store next.  The comic is one that both Shakespeare lovers and those who ran away screaming will enjoy.  It stands well on its own but has references to the original works that are not only enjoyable for those who know them but might inspire others to go find out what they mean.  The creators paid great attention to detail and clearly have love and respect for the original plays but have created their own, very enjoyable story.

Story: Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery Art: Andy Belanger Publisher: IDW Publishing

Story: 7.5 Art: 7 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy