The GeeksverseKill Shakespeare #1 100 Hundred Penny Edition

Kill Shakespeare #1 100 Hundred Penny Edition
Published on Monday, February 21, 2011 by

The comparisons to Fables is apt. Kill Shakespeare is a creative alternative fiction that twirls together the bards famous characters into an all new story. In case you mentioned this series, the first issue was reissued as a dollar edition.

Writer Conor McCreery & Anthony Del Col
Illustrator Andy Belanger
Colorer Ian Herring
Letterer Robbie Robbins

In the first issue Hamlet is swept off of the ship at sea and tossed into a meeting with a young Richard III and an eternally aged three weird sisters. Hamlet is given the charge of killing an evil wizard–William Shakespeare. As you would expect, Hamlet has to debate with himself and others before accepting the proposition, and then only because of his ties to his father more than his own decision.

This is a fun first issue that is sold at a great price to pull new readers into the back issue bins or trade paper backs.

I am curious about the blurb on the back that promises the greatest Shakesperean heroes: Hamlet, Juliet, Othello, Falstaff? Falstaff was far from a hero until the Queen wanted him revived in a play, which resulted in Merry Wives of Windsor a comedy. Juliet was far from the heroine of her titular comedy. Othello has been treated as a tragic hero in literary history although on the Elizabethean stage Iago was most likely seen as the hero by the original audience. Richard III has joined Lear as villains to most readers, but both were tragic heroes in their own tales learning lessons of self reliance. I wonder how the series will treat these complicated characters? Will the creative team behind this series go with popular perception of the characters or delve into the Elizabethean perception? I’d be curious to keep reading this series.

Often, I am concerned with how these alternate fiction series could be used in a classroom.Obviously, as a work of graphic serial literature this series seems to hold its own. This comic is rightfully compared to Unwritten and Fables as creative literary alternate fiction, but still manages to be distinctly different. As a translation of Shakespeare’s complicated characters reading the rest of the series is needed to decide the effectiveness. On the other hand, as a translation judged on its own merit the hundred penny edition is a great point to get a task.

View the teaser trailer on youtube. Check out the comic on its own website: killshakespeare.com Afterward, pick up a copy of the first issue at your local comic book shop, then discuss on the Pryde Forum.

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