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Preview – The Killer Vol. 3: Modus Vivendi

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THE KILLER VOL. 3: MODUS VIVENDI Collected Edition Hardcover

Retail Price: $24.95 U.S.
Page Count: 176 pages
Format: hardcover book with dust jacket, 6.875” x 10.25”, full color
On-sale date: January 26, 2011
Written by Matz
Illustrated by Luc Jacamon
Cover by Luc Jacamon

A professional assassin comes out of retirement—out of boredom, out of necessity? He takes a job and soon finds himself enmeshed in an international conspiracy, and when he begins to question the identities of his employers, he finds himself seeking new allies to cover his back. This third volume of the Eisner Award-nominated THE KILLER collects the six-issue MODUS VIVENDI series.

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Best Comic Books of 2010

 

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It’s the first day of a new year and so that means we’re doing our “best of” listing of the top comic books for 2010.  Generally these are comic books that came out in 2010, though some are from earlier times and we got around to reading them.  Keep in mind, this is what I read.  We’ve added some new categories this year, but without further delay, here are the winners!

Best Super Hero Comic – The Invincible Iron Man

Invincible Iron Man #500.1Yes, this series won last year too, but writer Matt Fraction has kept up the excellence with an amazing plot mixing superhero heroics, politics, corporate rivalry and with the latest issue, we learn this is all the tip of the iceberg.

In single issues there’s usually some bigger worldly issue we’re presented with, great banter, often fantastic action and beautiful art.

This is a superhero comic for adults and one series I look forward to each month.

The upcoming Invincible Iron Man #500.1 is the perfect jumping on point to see what you’re missing.

Runner Ups – Secret Warriors, Uncanny X-Force

Best Non-Super Hero Comic –DMZ

DMZ 50Is there a more politically relevant comic book series out there?  Every month we’re given something to think about as we follow Matty Roth through Manhattan which is now a DMZ in the middle of the second American Civil War.

Writer Brian Wood is able to pivot and comment on what’s currently happening in politics and the world challenging our perceptions and not seem preachy at the same time.

With some single issues that stand as some of the best of the year and numerous holy shit moments, this isn’t just one of the most relevant comics out there, but some of the best political commentary of any entertainment medium.

Runner Ups – American Vampire, Chew, The Walking Dead

Best Limited Series or One Shot – Daytripper

DaytripperI’ve handed this comic off to so many people and not only sucked them into this series, but also got them to ask what else is out there?  This showed that comics aren’t about just spandex anymore.

There’s no other series out there that created such an emotional reaction each month.  I’m not embarrassed to admit there were numerous moments I broke down crying or teared up.  No other series has done that before to me.

It’s a shame it ended and hopefully we see more soon from the phenoms Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá.

Runner Ups – Killer: Modus Vivendi, Taskmaster, Velocity

Best Single Issue – Unknown Soldier #21 (New Category)

This series saw it’s conclusion this year but it also brought the best issue of any comic book during it’s end run.

This issue focused on the history of one Avtomat Kalashnikova rifle as it’s passed from one owner to another.  It’s a powerful issue looking at the mass distribution of a weapon that’s been a driver and common tool in today’s conflicts .

Powerful, heart wrenching, and an amazing political and historical statement, this issue is a must read for comic book fans and non-comic book readers.

Worst Single Issue of the Year – Fantastic Four Annual #32 (New Category)

Three words as to why – Time. Travel. Abortion.

Best Graphic Novel/Trade Paperback – Return of the Dapper Men

Return of the Dapper Men HCThere’s no other graphic novel that was more magical this year than Jim McCann‘s and Janet Lee‘s Return of the Dapper Men.

This is a magical world of wonder where time has stopped and adults have disappeared.  Neverland in a modern setting.

A modern classic is the only way I can describe this graphic novel that seems to evoke the best of those magical tales we read, watched and were told as kids.  This is a graphic novel parents will be sharing with their children for years to come.

Runner UpsHow to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, Cuba: My Revolution, Revolver

Best Event of the Year – Artifacts

Artifacts #1 CoverThe first issue had me gasp “holy shit” out loud and the subsequent ones have just been setting up what will be a hell of a ride.

The public seems to have reacted well with issues going back for numerous printings.

All hell is about the break loose in the Top Cow universe and with Ron Marz‘s talented writing to drive it and some fantastic artists to back him up, there’s a chance this might be next year’s top event as well.

Best Genre of the Year – Zombie

The Walking Dead Zombie Teaser 2One thing makes zombies get the win here, The Walking Dead.  The comic book series continues it’s excellence and the television show had us wanting more after it’s first season’s six episode run.  There’s a reason it was one of the top rated cable series ever, it’s that damn good.  Evidence of it’s spread beyond the normal comic book reading public are the numerous people reading it on my daily commute and my non-comic book reading friends asking me about the series and comic.  I don’t see this type of legs with the big movie blockbusters.  Congrats to Robert Kirkman and AMC.

Runner Up – Noir

Best Comic Tie-In of the Year –Heroclix

Heroclix Web of Spider-manI’m a sucker for Heroclix and picked up the Blackest Night set at Gen Con this year.  I don’t play, but love looking at the detailed figures.  There’s something so much fun about it and I wish I had some local gamer friends that I can break out my figures once in a while and give me an excuse to get more.

With sets based off of Watchmen, Blackest Night, Brightest Day, Jonah Hex, Iron Man, Spider-Man and the DC 75th Anniversary it’s impressive this was a game and company on the brink of collapse not too long ago.

Runner Up – Marvel Universe toys.

Best Comic Book Related Movie – Scott Pigrim vs. the World (New Category)

Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldIt’s been an up and down year for movies based off of comic books.  Next years crop of movies looks strong, but this year had one stand out and that was the kinetic Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

This was a movie for the Nintendo generation with so much in there even our ADD generation missed some of the winks and nods littered throughout the film.

It holds up after multiple viewings and I know I left with a smile on my face.  Overall it was a year of weak competition but even in a strong year this would be a contender.

On an aside my favorite movies of 2010 were The Social Network, Black Swan, The Town and The Fighter.

Runner Up – The Losers

Best Series Finale of the Year – Ex Machina (New Category)

Ex MachinaI can’t think of a series which ended so perfectly.  To say more would give it all away, but I was beyond satisfied when I finished reading it and hoped for a second volume.

The finale of this superhero as Mayor series answered our questions, gave us some jaw dropping moments at the end and presented a Presidential ticket I might even vote for.

A lot of series left unanswered questions or gave us disappointing ones, but this one never seemed like a cop out and never treated us like children.

The ending was damn near perfect and the series one of the best of modern times.

Runner Up – Daytripper

Best Surprise of the Year – Killer: Modus Vivendi (New Category)

The Killer Modus Vivendi 006 CoverThis is a new category that I thought was appropriate to throw out there.  I look at this as comics you probably skipped in 2010, but you really should go back and check out. 

Killer: Modus Vivendi is the third volume for this character and saw him being manipulated by the CIA and Cubans in a tale about oil and spheres of influence.  Bond and Bourne, eat your heart out.

Not only do we have great action, some intense moments, but there’s also politics and a worldly view you don’t find out in too many other comics.  It’s the complete package in comics for adults.

Runner Up – Velocity, Kill Shakespeare

Biggest Disappointment of the Year – Brightest Day and Heroic Age

Enter the Heroic AgeI “Entered the Heroic Age” and looked forward to tomorrow’s “Brightest Day” and can say “no thanks.”  Does no longer being dark and gritty also mean convoluted and boring?

Marvel and DC comics took a dip this year as they moved away from dark stories and attempted to hark back to the golden age of black and white heroes and villains.  We also got the return of the 90’s with the return of characters we thought and hoped were dead and stayed that way.

This all clearly isn’t lasting long as the Marvel event Fear Itself looms over 2011.  As a hole things just aren’t quite as exciting as they’ve been in years past.

Runner Up – Iron Man 2

Best Character – Killer

I’m so happy Archaia put Killer: Modus Vivendi in my hands.  With it I got one of the best politically charged noir comics on the market and a badass anti-hero in the man we only know as Killer.

He beds the hot chicks, assassinates people with a shot, causes revolutions and destabilizes regions. Bond and Bourne are wimps compared to writer Matz‘s creation.

We get to see politics and the world from outside of an “American” perspective and a cold unrepentant killer and assassin who it’s all a job to.

This was the third volume with more to come.  I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Publisher of the Year – Archaia

ArchaiaSo where’d this company come from?  I don’t think there was one comic I read I was disappointed in or didn’t enjoy in some way.  The hardcovers are just high quality products and stories in between the covers reflect that.  The Killer, Mouse Guard, Cyclops, Critical Millennium and so many more are series you should be reading and if you’re not then you need to check them out.

Many of these series continue into 2011 and there’s many new ones to come.  When I think Archaia, I think high quality and expect the best.  So far they haven’t let me down.

Runner Ups – Top Cow, Marvel

Review – The Killer: Modus Vivendi #6


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The Killer Modus Vivendi 006 CoverThe worst thing about The Killer: Modus Vivendi #6 is that it ends in a cliff hanger leaving us to wait for the next volume.  I want more!  Now!  This final issue of this volume see The Killer getting dragged into a hit as he attempts to avoid being dragged into the growing conflict in the Americas.

In the final chapter of THE KILLER: MODUS VIVENDI, political tensions are on the rise as nations seek to claim the rich oil deposit discovered in Cuban waters. Amid the swelling political climate, the Killer lends Mariano a helping hand, dispatching a group of drug-dealing Hell’s Angels who’ve crossed Mariano and his boss in a nasty way. Despite the distraction, the Killer knows a silent war is beginning between nations. How long will he be able to avoid being drafted into the conflict? Time may be running out faster than the Killer thinks.

It’s so, so, so good.  I want more, and I want more now!  This is a comic book for adults, full of sex, drugs, politics, and all in a very real world.  This is the perfect example of comics for adults and an easy contender for mini-series of the year.

Do yourself a favor this holiday season and treat yourself to these six issues.

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Review – The Killer: Modus Vivendi #5


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The Killer: Modus Vivendi #5When I found out the sixth issue of this series came out last week I immediately noticed I missed the fifth issue in one of my favorite mini-series of 2010.  The Killer: Modus Vivendi #5 is as fantastic as I thought it’d be.

Written by Matz, the comic book follows a nameless assassin in his wheelings and dealings with Cubans, Venezuelans, drug lords, the C.I.A. and so many more.  All of this to ensure the protection of his family.

In part five of The Killer: Modus Vivendi, the Killer’s dealings with the Cubans become even deadlier.  The assassination of a high ranking military official plunges the country into chaos and moves the Killer one step closer to ensuring the safety of himself and his family.

Things may not be what they seem, however.  The Killer’s judgment may be more obscured than he realizes.  What is really happening in Cuba?  What lies in wait just below the surface?

The series has political intrigue, sex, violence, and a good does of philosophy.  It’s grown on me tremendously to become one of my favorite comics of the year.  This is exactly the type of comic this blog was started about, it has a relevant political tinge and is squarely for adults and those that care about world politics.

This series has gotten better with each issue.  I can’t recommend it enough.

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Preview – The Killer: Modus Vivendi #6 (OF 6)

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THE KILLER: MODUS VIVENDI #6 (OF 6)

Retail Price: $3.95 U.S.
Page Count: 32 pages
Format: saddle bound, 6.875” x 10.25”, full color
On-sale date: December 2, 2010
Written by Matz
Illustrated by Luc Jacamon

In the final chapter of THE KILLER: MODUS VIVENDI, political tensions are on the rise as nations seek to claim the rich oil deposit discovered in Cuban waters. Amid the swelling political climate, the Killer lends Mariano a helping hand, dispatching a group of drug-dealing Hell’s Angels who’ve crossed Mariano and his boss in a nasty way. Despite the distraction, the Killer knows a silent war is beginning between nations. How long will he be able to avoid being drafted into the conflict? Time may be running out faster than the Killer thinks.

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Archaia: October 2010 Solicitations

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DAYS MISSING: KESTUS #2 (of 5)
1-Days Missing-Kestus 002Retail Price: $3.95 U.S.
Page Count: 32 pages
Format: saddle bound, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Written by Phil Hester
Illustrated by David Marquez
Cover by Jorge Molina

Archaia and Roddenberry Productions continue the history-making series DAYS MISSING! Since the dawn of mankind, the enigmatic Steward has guided our destiny in solitude. But during his attempt to prevent raging fires from consuming Egypt’s legendary Library of Alexandria, he discovers he’s not alone. A mysterious figure from the Steward’s past reveals herself, and alters The Steward’s existence in ways he never thought possible.

T +13 (Contains material suitable for teen readers age 13 and above)


FEEDING GROUND #2 (of 6)
Retail Price: $3.95 U.S.
Page Count: 64 pages
Format: saddle bound, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Written by Chris Mangun and Swifty Lang
Illustrated by Michael Lapinski
Cover by Michael Lapinski

A local enforcer, Don Oso, terrorizes the Busqueda family as their father Diego makes a solitary trek home through the horrors of the Devil’s Highway. Meanwhile, US Border Patrol agents unearth a shocking discovery that threatens to reveal a secret buried in the desert for generations. Also included are 24 pages of bonus content in Spanish!

T +13 (Contains material suitable for teen readers age 13 and above)

LUCID #3 (of 4)
3-Lucid 003Retail Price: $3.95 U.S.
Page Count: 24 pages
Format: saddle bound, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Written by Michael McMillian
Illustrated by Anna Wieszczyk
Cover by Anna Wieszczyk

LUCID barrels toward an explosive climax as Agent Dee is pulled deeper into a dark conspiracy fraught with bold, unbridled evil! After a dangerous Magical Artifact created by Matthew’s infamous ancestor disappears from the archives of The School of Black, Matthew travels to London to team up with England’s Combat Mage, the beautiful and enchanting Wren, to hunt it down before all Hell breaks loose. LUCID is Archaia’s first title published in association with Zachary Quinto (“Heroes,” “Star Trek”) and his company, Before the Door.

T +13 (Contains material suitable for teen readers age 13 and above)


THE KILLER: MODUS VIVENDI #6 (of 6)
4-The Killer-MV 006_NOT FINAL ARTRetail Price: $3.95 U.S.
Page Count: 32 pages
Format: saddle bound, 6.875” x 10.25”, full color
Written by Matz
Illustrated by Luc Jacamon
Cover by Luc Jacamon

The latest volume in this Eisner Award-nominated series comes to a sharp and violent end as our Killer tries to extricate himself from the American plot against Venezuela…

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


MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD VOL. 1 Collected Edition Hardcover
5-MG-Legends Vol 001 HRetail Price: $19.95 U.S.
Page Count: 144 pages
Written by David Petersen, Jeremy Bastian, Alex Sheikman, Ted Naifeh, Mark Smylie, Katie Cook, Terry Moore, Alex Kain, Lowell Francis, Guy Davis, Karl Kerschl and Craig Rousseau
Illustrated by David Petersen, Jeremy Bastian, Alex Sheikman, Ted Naifeh, Mark Smylie, Katie Cook, Terry Moore, Sean Rubin, Gene Ha, Guy Davis, Karl Kerschl, Craig Rousseau and João Lemos
Cover by David Petersen

Collects the first volume of LEGENDS OF THE GUARD, a new MOUSE GUARD anthology series featuring the work of artists and storytellers handpicked by series creator David Petersen. Bonus content includes an all-new Epilogue illustrated by João Lemos (AVENGERS FAIRY TALES), cover gallery, character lineup, floor plan of the June Alley Inn and creator bios.

All Ages


AWAKENING VOL. 2 Original Graphic Novel Hardcover
6-Awakening Vol 002 HCRetail Price: $24.95 U.S.
Page Count: 176 pages
Format: hardcover with dust jacket, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Written by Nick Tapalansky
Illustrated by Alex Eckman-Lawn
Cover by Alex Eckman-Lawn

The truth is unavoidable: There are zombies in Park Falls and, seemingly, the rest of the world. As the situation in the city spins out of control, Detective Derrick Peters and others search for answers amid a mass exodus and murders perpetrated by monsters of a different sort. Follow the conclusion of Park Falls’ harrowing year in the second volume of the critically acclaimed zombie noir series!

Mature Readers
(contains Adult Content and Graphic Violence)

THE GOD MACHINE Original Graphic Novel Hardcover
7-The God Machine HCRetail Price: $19.95 U.S.
Page Count: 144 pages
Format: hardcover with dust jacket, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Written by Chandra Free
Illustrated by Chandra Free
Cover by Chandra Free

Stricken with grief from the death of his girlfriend, Sith, Guy Salvatore struggles to make sense of his world. He’s plagued with hallucinations of monsters that torment him with outrageous requests. Enter Satan: a strange, old man who implores Guy to call upon his latent power to break through his world’s plane to rescue Sith, who he claims is floating aimlessly in and out of dimensional planes known as the “Dream Worlds.” But is Satan to be trusted? Is he ever?

Mature Readers (contains Nudity and Adult Content)

MOON LAKE Original Graphic Novel Hardcover
8-Moon Lake HC_NOT FINAL ARTRetail Price: $19.95 U.S
Page Count: 112 pages
Format: hardcover with dust jacket, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Written by Dan Fogler, Brian Holguin, Stef Hutchinson, Blake Leibel, Tim Seeley, R.H. Stavis and Nick Tapalansky
Illustrated by Tommy Castillo, Jim Daly, Alex Eckman-Lawn, Robbi Rodriguez and Jeffrey Zornow

From the hilariously demented mind of Tony Award-winning actor Dan Fogler (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “Balls of Fury,” “Fanboys”) comes MOON LAKE! Moon Lake isn’t just any normal body of water—it’s a mysterious portal into the weird, drawing all manner of macabre mysteries to its shores. In the spirit of classic horror tales from EC Comics, MOON LAKE combines comedy, horror and adventure into a fantastic anthology, where each story is centered on the strange happenings of Moon Lake.

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

THE GRAVE DOUG FRESHLEY Original Graphic Novel Hardcover
9-The Grave Doug Freshley HC_NOT FINAL ARTRetail Price: $24.95 U.S.
Page Count: 168 pages
Format: hardcover with dust jacket, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Written by Josh Hechinger
Illustrated by mpMann
Cover by mpMann

Douglas Freshley, a former schoolmaster, is hired by his longtime friend, Shane McNally to tutor their rambunctious son, Bat. But when the Delancey gang raids the McNally ranch, killing all the adults, it’s up to the corpse of Doug to rise up, protect Bat and exact some good ol’ frontier justice. Little does he know, however, that he is being stalked by the Deadliest Gun in the West (or anywhere): the Grim Reaper himself.

T+13 (contains material suitable for teen readers ages 13 and above)

Review – The Killer: Modus Vivendi #4


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The Killer - Modus Vivendi #4So The Killer: Modus Vivendi in it’s fourth issue has shifted from a tale about an assassin for hire to a geopolitical drama, with lots of intrigue and an all to real political setting.

The fallout of The Killer’s actions continue as Latin America further destabilizes and the C.I.A. continue their behind the scenes manipulation of events.  There’s a lot of talk of the United States policy towards its neighbors to the south, all very interesting.

Ordinary People, Part 2. The Killer’s involvement with the Cuban agent Katia deepens, and he is once again drawn to wondering about his place in the world. Things in Venezuela go as planned but now our Killer is caught in the middle of a high-stakes play between the Americans and the Cubans.

The character interaction and actions continue to amaze and along with art that’s improved with each issue this series is just beyond praising.  Words don’t do it justice and this is a series 1) you should be reading, 2) should be on the big screen.

One of the freshest things about the series is that it’s political focus isn’t from a U.S. perspective.  It openly questions motivations and actions freely and invites debate and thinking.  This is an adult’s comic.  The Killer: Modus Vivendi is an action and political thriller at it’s best, this is a must read.

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Review – The Killer: Modus Vivendi #3


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The Killer Modus Vivendi 003 CoverHalfway through The Killer: Modus Vivendi and the third issue puts it all out there.  Is Killer such a bad guy after all?  We’re given a lesson in world events and what governments have been complacent in and looked the other way from.

Killer heads to Cuba to check out his next target and makes a decision while he’s there.  It’s a great setting for a comic of this nature and we’re drawn deeper into what drives our main protagonist.

Ordinary People. Cuba. Our Killer is in Havana, his target a special commissioner in charge of the oil business. He begins to suspect that his job is one designed to further US strategic interests, and he begins to wonder at the true identity and motives of his employers.  He begins to play a double game; a dangerous gambit already, complicated further by his Cuban case officer, the beautiful Katia…

The characters, settings and events are so familiar and relatable that the comic feels like an old friend.  But, at the same time I have no idea where it’s going and what to expect next.

A European action thriller at it’s best, this is a must buy.  I know I plan on going back and checking out what’s come out before.  A+ all the way.

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Review – The Killer: Modus Vivendi #2


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Thankfully as I finished the first issue of The Killer: Modus Vivendi, I had a second issue waiting for me to devour.  The second issue picks up right where the first one ended as Killer debates if he really wants to go through with his mission as well as why anyone would want his target killed.

Modus Vivendi continues as the Killer begins to understand that for the first time in his career, he has something to lose. His wife, his son, his home; all are threatened by a mysterious and unrelenting client who will push the Killer to the brink. Luckily for the Killer, solving problems is what he does best.

What’s fantastic about this issue is that it mixes up the action and it’s fallout with Killer’s family life.  We see numerous sides of the main character, a unrepentant heartless killing machine as well as a family man, providing for his wife and child.  Mixed in all of the action and calmness is a story of political intrigue and manipulation as the plot begins to reveal itself.

This is absolutely one of the summer’s must reads.  Do yourself a favor and get to your shop and pick up a copy.

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Review – The Killer: Modus Vivendi #1


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The Killer: Modus Vivendi #1 written by Matz and illustrated by Luc Jacamon is a Hollywood movie in comic form.  The story focuses on a hitman who comes out of semi-retirement out of boredom.

Modus Vivendi, Part One. A new story arc begins for this Eisner-nominated series! In Venezuela, the “sanctuary” that he chose to withdraw from the world for four long years, our killer reappears on the scene. What brought him back? Boredom, fatigue, the need for action? His old friend, Mariano, recommends him for a quick-and-dirty freelance job. Except that the job, obviously, is worse than it seemed at first. Remove one banker and one international oil broker, sure, no problem. But why is his third and final target a nun, Madre Luisa, so devoted, selfless and invested in her ministry to the poorest of the poor in all of Latin America? A perfect jumping-on spot for readers new to the series!

The excellence of this comic is that it doesn’t go over the top when it comes to action, it’s pacing is perfect with events playing out as they need.  This is a thinking man’s comic, worthy of a movie adaptation.  Details are slowly revealed as the events occur.  The targets, their connections, and who’s behind it.  You as a reader are given just enough, and never more than you need to.

If you want a great “thinking/action” comic, you can do so much worse than The Killer: Modus Vivendi.  In fact I’d go say this is an excellent noir read that ranks up with the best out there.  This is a comic series that deserves to be a part of your collection.

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