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Preview: Complete Killer SC

Complete Killer SC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matz
Artist: Luc Jacamon
Cover Artist: Luc Jacamon
Translated By: Edward Gauvin and Matz
Letterers: Deron Bennet, Marshall Dillon
Price: $39.99

Artist Luc Jacamon and writer Matz (The Black Dahlia) deliver the definitive collection of the Eisner Award-nominated crime saga, The Killer, a hardboiled, noir series following a hitman lost in a world without a moral compass.

Get inside the mind of a professional assassin, a man of few scruples, nerves of steel, and a steady trigger finger. A man whose crimes might be catching up with him. A man on the verge of cracking…

After misadventures in Central and South America and having earned enough money to retire comfortably, the Killer retires to Mexico, but his colleagues are still in need of his irreplaceable skills… and before long he’s drawn back into the great geopolitical game between Cuba, Venezuela, and the United States.

Euro Thursday: The Killer Volume 5: Fight or Flight

killer_v5_hc_coverGet inside the mind of a professional assassin, a man of few scruples, nerves of steel, and a steady trigger finger. A man whose crimes might be catching up with him. A man on the verge of cracking…

For four volumes writer Matz and artist Luc Jacamon have taken us into the world of Frank aka Killer, a hitman lost in a world without a moral compass. The noir series involves everything you’d want from the subject and genre including solid action sequences, loose morals, sex, violence, and political intrigue. This fifth volume brings to a close a series that has presented a fascinating outlook on the world from a completely non-American centric viewpoint. With that, it has challenged, intrigued, and created what’s probably a much more realistic worldview.

And that worldview continues here as Killer wraps up his adventure, but how will he go out? That’s the question I had as I read every page hoping for the best and expecting the worst. Instead of the flash and action, we get an epilogue in many ways. It’s a subdued entry in what generally has been a fast paced series. Much of this entry is from Killer’s perspective as he thinks through what he thinks of the world, settling down, history, and society, and his role in it all. It’s a comic that has our anti-hero taking stock of his life and figuring out what’s next.

This work is dense forcing you to parse each section of dialogue and contemplate what’s being said. But, it’s not as simple as a couple of words. Those matched with Jacamon’s art creates a combination where deeper meaning is as much as what’s being shown as what’s being said. It’s a combination that’s unmatched in comics today and they’ve pulled it off for five volumes.

But even without its synergy with the words, the art is utterly beautiful to look at in a style that’s unrivaled. Lush beaches, beautiful oceans, vibrant jungles, the art and the coloring is jaw dropping and worth the price of admission alone. Like the story itself, the art is sexy and cool creating a world you want to live in now matter how wrong things may be.

I expected a shootout finale with bodies piling up and our protagonist maybe not making it through, and instead, we are given a finale that’s an introspective search as to one’s role in the world. Even with those final pages I found myself still debating the deeper meaning of the series and what it was trying to said and what it has said, and more importantly how I agree or disagree with it. Matz and Jacamon have capped off an impressive run with an ending that delivers and then some. A perfect end cap for one of the most entertaining series in comics.

Story: Matz Art: Luc Jacamon
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios/Archaia provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Killer Vol. 5 HC

The Killer Vol. 5 HC

Publisher: Archaia
Writer: Matz
Artist: Luc Jacamon
Cover Artist: Luc Jacamon
Price: $24.99

Archaia presents the fifth and final installment of Matz and Luc Jacamon’s Eisner Award-nominated The Killer, a hard-boiled, noir series following a hitman lost in a world without a moral compass.

Get inside the mind of a professional assassin, a man of few scruples, nerves of steel, and a steady trigger finger. A man whose crimes might be catching up with him. A man on the verge of cracking…

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Preview: The Killer Omnibus Vol. 2 TPB

The Killer Omnibus Vol. 2 TPB

Writer(s): Matz
Artist(s): Luc Jacamon

The Killer finds himself drawn deeper into international intrigue between Cuba, Venezuela, and the United States, with oil revenues and political independence the stakes. A professional. A man of few scruples, nerves of steel, and a steady trigger finger. A man whose crimes might be catching up with him. A man on the verge of cracking.

Archaia presents The Killer, a hardboiled, noir series chronicling one man’s journey through some seriously bad mojo. After his misadventures in Venezuela, our Killer retires to Mexico, but his Colombian cartel friend Mariano and the Cuban agent Katia are not far behind. Soon he finds himself drawn back into the great geopolitical game between Cuba, Venezuela, and the United States, with oil revenues and political independence the stakes. Even when he finds himself in unusual territory as the shadow owner of an oil company developing Cuba’s off-shore deposits, the need for his usual skill-set is never far away…

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An Assassin Returns in Archaia’s The Killer Omnibus Vol. 2

Retirement never lasts for a hired gun. This July, Volumes 3 and 4 of the Eisner Award-nominated series The Killer are collected for the first time ever in the definitive The Killer Omnibus Vol. 2 by Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios. Originally published as a five volume series in France from 1998 to 2003, Le Tueur quickly became known as one of Europe’s grittiest and most hard-boiled comics—a brutal, bloody, and stylish story of a professional assassin lost in a world without a moral compass. The creative team of artist Luc Jacamon and writer Matz continue their story of one assassin’s journey through a world of relentless violence. Though his brief retirement has not dulled his skills or resolve, new jobs will threaten his way of life and the very foundation of his morality.

The Killer Omnibus Vol. 2 softcover collection arrives from Archaia in comic shops on July 23rd with a cover price of $24.99 under Diamond Order Code MAR140977.

THE KILLER OMNIBUS VOL. 2 Cover by Luc Jacamon

SDCC 2013: We Chat with Matz about his Killer Fourth Volume

Comic and graphic novel publisher Archaia had numerous debuts this San Diego Comic-Con, including the fourth volume of The Killer. The series written by Matz with art by Luc Jacamon follows an assassin as he navigates a brutal world and tries to make a living. Following up directly from the third volume, The Killer Volume 4: Unfair Competition continues to deal with the political fallout and maneuvering involving Cuba, Venezuela, the United States, China, the CIA, Colombian Cartels and oil.

The geopolitical plotline and constant questioning of governmental motives and perspective easily makes this one of my favorite series and luckily I had a chance to discuss it with writer Matz.

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Preview: The Killer Volume 4: Unfair Competition

The Killer Volume 4: Unfair Competition

Story: Matz
Art: Luc Jacamon

The Killer is back in the fourth volume of the critically acclaimed cerebral noir thriller from Award-winning creators Jacamon & Matz! After his misadventures in Venezuela, our Killer retires to Mexico, but his Colombian cartel friend, Mariano, and the Cuban agent, Katia, are not far behind. Soon he finds himself drawn back into the great geopolitical game between Cuba, Venezuela, and the United States, with oil revenues and political independence the stakes. Even when he stumbles into unusual territory as the shadow owner of an oil company developing Cuba’s off-shore deposits, the need for his usual skill-set is never far away..

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Preview – Cyclops #4 (of 8)

Official Press Release

CYCLOPS #4 (OF 8)

Retail Price: $3.95 U.S.
Page Count: 32 pages
Format: saddle bound, 6.875” x 10.25”, full color
On-sale Date: February 16, 2011
Written by Matz
Illustrated by Luc Jacamon
Cover by Luc Jacamon

From the creators of the Eisner Award-nominated THE KILLER comes this look at the near future of war and the media. Despite the seeming success of his unit’s mission deployed to the border of Argentina and Chile, Pistoia becomes increasingly disillusioned with the new nexus between armed conflict and television stardom, and in great secrecy he comes to terms with a reporter firmly opposed to the new war-show…

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(series contains Nudity, Graphic Violence and Adult Content)

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Review – Cyclops #3


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Cyclops 003 CoverThe team of writer Matz and artist Luc Jacamon consistently show the comics are for more than kids.  Their series The Killer navigates international politics through the eyes of a contract assassin.  Their latest focus is war, corporations and the media with Cyclops.

With tensions between Turkey and Iran barely abated, Douglas Pistoia and his unit of contractors are deployed again, this time to the border of Argentina and Chile, with the dangerous mission having all the makings of a ratings hit. From the creators of the Eisner Award-nominated THE KILLER comes this look at the near future of war and the media.

What’s interesting with Matz and Jacamon’s story is in this third issue, with all of the interesting things it could be focusing on (and the preachy ways it could go) instead the weight of all of the good and bad is burdened on the shoulders of the main character Doug.  He’s given the choice of willingly going along with the machinations of his corporate bosses or rejecting it.  Even when he knows things are fishy, he still plods along doing his job.

So in a twist, Matz and Jacamon’s story also focuses on us the reader.  We’re asked that choice of what we’d do in a similar situation.  Would we go along, full well knowing the hype surrounding us is a lie or would we spill the beans and scream from the mountain tops about the corruption and manipulation that corporations have over us.

There’s still quite a few issues to go, so we don’t know Doug’s choice just yet, but if their other work is any indication, I don’t know what to expect.

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Preview – Cyclops #3 (of 8)

Official Press Release

CYCLOPS #3 (OF 8)

Retail Price: $3.95 U.S.
Page Count: 32 pages
Format: saddle bound, 6.875” x 10.25”, full color
On-sale Date: February 2, 2011
Written by Matz
Illustrated by Luc Jacamon
Cover by Luc Jacamon

With tensions between Turkey and Iran barely abated, Douglas Pistoia and his unit of contractors are deployed again, this time to the border of Argentina and Chile, with the dangerous mission having all the makings of a ratings hit. From the creators of the Eisner Award-nominated THE KILLER comes this look at the near future of war and the media.

Mature Readers (series contains Nudity, Graphic Violence and Adult Content)

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