Thursday, November 11, 2010

Kill Kill Shakespeare

Kill Shakespeare Vol. 1: A Sea of Troubles
Created and Written by Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col
Art by Andy Belanger
Published by IDW

Kill Shakespeare is an excellent concept with a weak execution.

This first collected volume sets up several of the characters from William Shakespeare's plays as they are integrated into a single narrative that involves a quest for Shakespeare himself. Legendary features such as Hamlet, Juliet of the Capulets, and Lady Macbeth are included, but their depictions seem to show only a faint relationship to the plays they originally appeared in.

The artwork is decent and some of the dialogue makes clever use of Shakespeare's words, but it's not enough maintain interest in a simplistic plot that does little to honor the Bard's legacy.

Shakespeare fans are much better off searching for old adaptations in Classics Illustrated than spending time with this deeply flawed series.

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