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Review: Killadelphia #1

Killadelphia #1

In Killadelphia #1, when a small-town beat cop comes home to bury his murdered father—the revered Philadelphia detective James Sangster Sr.—he begins to unravel a mystery. That leads him down a path of horrors that will shake his beliefs to their core. The city that was once the symbol of liberty and freedom has fallen prey to corruption, poverty, unemployment, brutality… and vampires. Welcome to Killadelphia.

The most interesting thing about this comic was also the most distracting. Jason Shawn Alexander‘s artwork is utterly fantastic. It can be easy to miss the narration because you’ll be more interested in just looking at the art. Consequently, I ended up reading the comic twice; once just to look at the art and once to actually read it.

Between Alexander and colorist Luis Nct, the book has a very unique visual style. It pulls from classic art and horror imagery to give us a comic that doesn’t look like a comic but rather like the inside of a nightmare. It’s a backdrop that highlights Rodney Barnes story with remarkable efficiency when you actually read the book.

It’s easy to forget this book is more than your typical police detective story when it begins, indeed it wasn’t until the second reading that I really grasped what I was seeing on the pages. The story is somewhat subtle despite knowing where it’ was going, it still caught me off guard (I don’t know what that says about me).

My only concerns were that at times the story was slightly difficult to follow purely because I couldn’t quite read the words on the page – the font used for the handwriting in characters journals wasn’t as intuitive to follow, though this is in part probably because I don’t read handwriting anymore and partly the settings on my laptop. The physical comic, or a dedicated app, will likely have a better result displaying the text.

Killadelphia #1 was a…. well not exactly pleasant, but it was certainly a nice surprise to read this week. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy an urban fantasy comic as much as I did. Certainly worth checking out if you’re curious about an urban fantasy style horror comic.

Story: Rodney Barnes Art: Jason Shawn Alexander
Colors: Luis Nct Letters: Marshall Dillon

Story: 8.5 Art: 9.2 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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