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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: Triggerman #5

TRIGGERMAN #5

Writers: Walter Hill, Matz
Artist: Jef
COVER A: Tomm Coker
COVER B: Mack Chater
COVER C: Steve Scott
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: February 8, 2017

FINAL ISSUE!

With the missing cash in tow, Roy “Triggerman’ Nash is hoping for a smooth handover and a well-deserved respite alongside his lady love. Unfortunately, the local crime syndicate has other ideas in mind…

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Preview: Triggerman #4

TRIGGERMAN #4

Writers Walter Hill, Matz
Artist Jef
COVER A: ALEX RONALD
COVER B: MARC ASPINALL
COVER C: STEVE SCOTT
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On Sale January 11

After ruffling feathers all over the city, Roy Nash’s bounty hunt takes a turn for the worse when he finds himself the prisoner of one of LA’s most notorious gangsters.

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Preview: (re)Assignment #1

(re)ASSIGNMENT #1

Writers Walter Hill, Matz
Artist Jef
COVER A: JEF
COVER B: PASQUALE QUALANO
COVER C: FAY DALTON
COVER D: STEVE SCOTT
COVER E: FRANCISCO PARONZINI
FC • 48pp • $5.99 On Sale January 4, 2017

Hitman Frank Kitchen’s assignment to kill a celebrated fashion designer who’s fallen behind on his debts takes a turn when his victim’s sister, a sociopathic surgeon, decides to punish him in the unique way only she can. Abducted and operated on against his will, Frank awakens in an altered condition – but with a hitman’s hunger for revenge…

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Preview: (re)Assignment #1

(re)ASSIGNMENT #1

Writers Walter Hill, Matz
Artist Jef
COVER A: JEF
COVER B: PASQUALE QUALANO
COVER C: FAY DALTON
COVER D: STEVE SCOTT
COVER E: FRANCISCO PARONZINI
FC • 48pp • $5.99 On Sale January 4, 2017

Hitman Frank Kitchen’s assignment to kill a celebrated fashion designer who’s fallen behind on his debts takes a turn when his victim’s sister, a sociopathic surgeon, decides to punish him in the unique way only she can. Abducted and operated on against his will, Frank awakens in an altered condition – but with a hitman’s hunger for revenge…

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Preview: Triggerman #3

TRIGGERMAN #3

Writers: Walter Hill, Matz
Artist: Jef
Cover A: Josh Burns
Cover B: Kody Chamberlin
Cover C: Ivan Rodriguez
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: December 7

After a brief brush with Johnny Law, Roy Nash’s cross-country bounty hunt takes a surprising turn when he’s confronted by his former love, Lena Dorsey!

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Preview: Triggerman #2

TRIGGERMAN #2

WRITER: Walter Hill, Matz
ARTIST: Jef
COVER A – Alex Ronald
COVER B – Steve Scott
COVER C – Dennis Calero
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: November 9

Fresh out of the slammer and tasked with tracking down a missing half-mil, Roy Nash’s latest assignment takes him to the City of Angels where a trip to a backalley speakeasy might spell more trouble than it’s worth.

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Preview: Triggerman #1

Triggerman #1

WRITER: Walter Hill, Matz
ARTIST: Jef
COVER A – Jef
COVER B – Dennis Calero
COVER C – Fay Dalton
COVER D – Robert Hack
COVER E – Francisco Paronzini
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: October 5

Locked up for a life of murder, Roy Nash never thought he’d walk the mean streets of Chicago again… let alone rescue his beloved, Lena. But when the city’s Mafia elite spring the notorious gun-for-hire to handle one last assignment, Roy once again finds himself thrown headfirst into a life of bloodshed and bullets as he sprints a breathless race to save the girl he left behind.

From legendary screenwriter and director Walter Hill (The Warriors, Red Heat, Last Man Standing) and French comics Matz, comes this hardboiled crime thriller set in the bullet-ridden streets of 1930s Chicago.

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Titan’s Hard Case Crime Comics Debut at New York Comic Con 2016

Titan Comics has announces that writer Christa Faust, Triggerman co-writer Matz and Hard Case Crime founder Charles Ardai will be unveiling Titan’s new Hard Case Crime comics at New York Comic-Con this October 6 – 9!

Hard Case Crime is the leading publisher of hardboiled crime novels, publishing the giants in the genre: Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Lawrence Block, Mickey Spillane, Ed McBain, Donald E. Westlake, James M. Cain and Max Allan Collins, whose best-selling Quarry series was adapted for TV by Cinemax in September to rave reviews.

An all-new line of crime comics, Titan’s Hard Case Crime kicks off with Peepland – a punky semi-autobiographical 80s neo-noir – from writers Christa Faust, Gary Phillips and artist Andrea Camerini, and Triggerman – an operatic Prohibition era epic – from visionary director of The WarriorsWalter Hill and co-writer Matz, with art from trusted collaborator Jef.

These two comics launching Titan’s Hard Case Crime line will exclusively debut at NYCC with special never-before-released variant covers by Fay Dalton – only available to purchase at the show at Titan booth #2142.

As part of this special NYCC appearance, Peepland writer Christa Faust, Hard Case Crime editor Charles Ardai and Triggerman co-writer Matz will be speaking at an unmissable Livestream interview from 3:15PM on Friday 7 October (at the NYCC Livestream stage), taking attendees exclusively behind-the-scenes of the new series and revealing hot new scoops on the future of the line.

But that’s not all! Attendees will also have the unique opportunity to meet Christa Faust, Matz and Charles Ardai at a special Hard Case Crime signing at 2:30PM at Titan booth #2142 on Saturday 8 October.

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