Review: Killers #1

Killers #1 is a book that spins out of Ninja-K, but it can also be read as a standalone story without any trouble.

In Killers #1, five deadly assassins are recruited into a game of cat and mouse by their former sensei, the mysterious Jonin!

But what does the Jonin want from them, and what do they gain out of helping him?

Each of these assassins can channel their ki—the spiritual energy within all beings—in different ways, granting them incredible powers, essentially making them “superninjas”!

I first read this book in script for to prepare for an interview with writer B. Clay Moore, which you can find here. The second time I read the book was to prepare for an interview with artists Fernando Dagnino which you can check out here. The third time I read the book was for this review. Which I honestly thought I had written when we were first sent the preview copies. But I’m apparently an idiot at times.

Each time I’ve had the opportunity to read this comic, I’ve been impressed with how the art is so bloody perfect for the debut issue, setting the story’s scene and establishing a quick pace despite the being packed full of words. I was going to try and pick out my favorite scene to talk about and stick to that to limit spoilers, but the book is so full of great moments (any one of which would be the focal point in some comics) that it’s hard to pick just one. For that reason, I’ll do the smart and/or fair thing and talk about the first few pages.

With the book opening with a former operative being attacked in her kitchen, Dagnino’s grasp of visual storytelling is on full display as he expertly guides you from panel to panel and eventually page to page whilst Moore’s words have almost nothing to do, at least on the surface, with the action. But this is where the multiple readings over the course of several weeks have come to benefit me; Killers #1 is a comic of two sides. The first is the story you’re being told – a damn good story – that you’ll be able to pick up on with no problems. The second, as befits a book about the clandestine operatives of MI6’s Ninja Programme, isn’t as obvious all of the time. You need to read between the lines, find the parallels between the art and dialogue or narration when there doesn’t seem to be any and then put the pieces together yourself.

Killers #1 is a book that spins out of Ninja-K, but it can also be read as a standalone story without any trouble. It’s a comic that has a unique flavor to its art, the work of Dagnino with Jose Villarrubia supporting him on colors is powerful, smooth and enjoyable to read. Without a doubt, it’s the highlight of the book for me.

If you see this on the shelves, pick a copy up. I will.

Story: B. Clay Moore Art: Fernando Dagnino Colours: Jose Villarrubia
Story: 8.7 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review