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Volume 1 What Fables does for fairy tales Kill Shakespeare does with the greatest writer of all time This dark take on the Bard pits his greatest heroes Hamlet Juliet Othello Falstaff against his most menacing villains Richard III Lady Macbeth Iago in an epic adventure to find and kill a reclusive wizard named William Shakespeare


10 thoughts on “Kill Shakespeare Volume 1

  1. says:

    But softWhat comic through yonder bookshelf breaks?It is this one And I like a hot dog on a bunOkay so my iambic pentameter is a little rusty and perhaps I’m only 98% as elouent as the Bard But whatever—you groundlings can just keep your comments to yourself You get what you pay forThis is a solid start to what I hope is a good series I’m giving this it four stars based as much on my hope that subseuent volumes are as entertaining as the premise as the content of volume 1 itself which is solid but didn't tighten my girdle strings uite as much as I'd hoped When you have blurbs that draw comps to Fables and The Unwritten you’re putting yourself in lofty company Fables is my favorite comic series of all time and The Unwritten is a worthwhile if occasionally frustrating read I don’t think this series will uite live up to that billing but if it can approximate those series in the way that my own poetic endeavors approximate Shakespeare’s well that’ll be 98% as good Lay on Macduff to volume 2


  2. says:

    I came here to watch Shakespeare be hunted down and killed by his own characters and I honestly feel so betrayed


  3. says:

    Really cool conceit I was confused sometimes with the panelling as to what was going on but as the book went on it got and fully developed and the characters got and interesting Definitely want to keep up and see where it goes


  4. says:

    This is such an amazing concept and when I first heard about it I was taken aback by how unbelievably awesome it might be Some of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters face off against each other in a desperate race to find a wizard named William Shakespeare Othello Juliet Falstaff and others believe that “Will” will deliver them from the tyranny of King Richard III Richard along with the Macbeths and Iago plot to kill Shakespeare and obtain his uill—and with it his magic Thrust into the middle of this conflict is Hamlet initially rescued by Richard and dubbed “the Shadow King” prophesied according to Richard to kill Shakespeare and free England from the wizard’s tyranny Later Hamlet escapes from Richard’s grasp and learns that not all is what it seems with the King of England But the uestion remains whose side is he on and who is this elusive Shakespeare?Would that I could give this book the rating it deserves for its concept alone Alas in execution Kill Shakespeare leaves me feeling somewhat unsatisfied There’s plenty to like about this book witty dialogue crafty villains humorous situations and allusions to many of Shakespeare’s plays Yet beneath all these myriad elements of farce the central element of story suffersHamlet’s indecision is probably the most compelling conflict in this first volume Exiled from Denmark for the murder of Polonius Hamlet ends up in England essentially a “guest” of Richard III To both Hamlet and us except if you know who Richard III is you know better Richard seems like the good guy a philosopher king desperate to save his kingdom from the oppressive magic of this mysterious wizard Only Hamlet the shadow king can save them by killing Shakespeare Hamlet still understandably traumatized is not enamoured with the idea of becoming a contract killer Still he begins to form a friendship with Iago as they ride across the countryside in the company of Richard’s menOnce Hamlet hears the other side of the story from Falstaff and Juliet he—surprise surprise—becomes indecisive He’s a stranger to this land; he has no uarrel with either side or with William Shakespeare That being said I feel like my background knowledge of these characters and it’s rather obvious even if you aren’t familiar with Shakespeare’s plays upset the dynamic in this moral ambiguity It seems so obvious that Juliet and the Protagonists as they are called hah are the “good guys” and that Richard and Lady Macbeth are Evil In fact when I think about it there’s nothing all that original or uniue about the overall plot here—one might as well have used some different generic characters and still arrived at the same ending What do the Shakespearean characters add to this story?Not much However the opposite is true I uite liked seeing Othello having to confront Iago Juliet giving a speech about how much she has lost and how she needs to believe in this “Will” Hamlet struggling with his guilt over the death of Polonius and his father’s death and in general being uite useless Kill Shakespeare gives these characters a brand new environment in which they can continue to explore their motivations and grow from their experiences in their respective plays Of course since most of Shakespeare’s tragic figures end up driving a dagger betwixt their breasts they need a miracle exemption Not every character fares so well in this type of adaptation I’m not a fan of Lady Macbeth’s recasting as some kind of evil sorceress Yeah in the Scottish Play she coveted power—perhaps so even than her husband—but her role in Kill Shakespeare seems rather forced The same might be said for Juliet exactly how she went from weeping maiden to warrior maiden TVTropes isn’t clear I’m willing to cut the authors some slack here because Shakespeare is much like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy versatile and mutable changing to fit its medium and its audienceI’m completing my final year of my undergraduate degree at the end of which I’ll be certified to teach high school math and English So while I read Kill Shakespeare I evaluated it not only as a book but with the eye of possibly using it to engage students with the world of Shakespeare Let’s face it the Bard is difficult because he’s writing in a language and meter 400 years removed from us for a style and form that has evolved well beyond the Elizabethan playhouse So reimaginings adaptations and mashups of Shakespearean works are valuable tools for conveying Shakespeare’s plays to modern day audiences I’m not certain Kill Shakespeare retains enough of the flavour and content of Shakespeare’s plays to be worth teaching on its own but it would definitely make an interesting supplementary aidI suspect that ultimately my feelings about this story will be swayed by the final volume Do they actually kill Shakespeare? Probably not Will we get to see characters from some of his other works such as King Lear or The Tempest? A short comic included at the end implies that the dagger Richard gives to Hamlet to use on Shakespeare is the same dagger that Brutus used to stab Caesar I’m sure that half the fun the writers had was trying to come up with ways to include various characters—and there are so many of them—so I’m looking forward to seeing of that in Volume 2 Kill Shakespeare didn’t blow my mind like I was hoping it would but it this first volume is still a decent enough example of how 400 years on William Shakespeare is still rocking my world


  5. says:

    Fun mashup of various Shakespeare characters fighting each other Clever original fun conception just okay artistic work I liked it and wanted to love it


  6. says:

    “What Fables does for fairy tales Kill Shakespeare does with the greatest writer of all time” proclaimed the back cover of the graphic novel and that was enough for me although perhaps I should have heeded the ironic warning implicit in those words one attempts to improve on the “greatest writer” – how? The setup is certainly Fables esue Hamlet is shipwrecked on his way to England and washes up on the shore of some distant land ruled by the tyrant Richard III in a sinister alliance with Lady Macbeth against whom a rebellion is fomenting led by the likes of Juliet Othello and Falstaff These disparate characters are tied together by the mysterious and as yes unseen figure of Will Shakespeare – wizard charlatan or myth though he may be An intriguing premise but unfortunately the execution leaves much to be desiredThe pacing is a bit hectic as new characters keep bumping into each other and the various subplots are laid down Perhaps as plot progression allows space to breathe this won’t be an issue but here it stands out The erratic nature of the plot is magnified however by the fact that it has no serviceable vehicles to carry it forward To a man each of the characters bears only a superficial resemblance to their original and each comes off as completely stilted and lifeless Shakespeare possessed the ability to imbue his creations with the contradictory nuance of the human consciousness and the wit to impart that nuance in a single line; the knockoffs here are mere caricatures by comparison Shakespeare’s Hamlet is wracked by indecision and self doubt and given to misguided bursts of passion that lead to his undoing; in this version he’s a scared whiny kid until roused to action and manhood upon witnessing cruel injustice Which of these is actually true of human nature and which a well worn cliché? And so it goes with the entire cast the villains are callous and violent simply because they’re the villains and even Falstaff’s bumbling attempts at comic relief fall flat The artwork for its part is bold and striking but as one dimensional as the characters it portraysIn sum the only compelling thing about the book is its premise and it’s a shame that it’s wasted so thoroughly It may well be that once established in their world the creators will find their feet and turn this series into something worthy of their muse but I won’t be sticking around to find out


  7. says:

    What would happen if Hamlet Lady Macbeth and Richard III walked into a pub? They would sympathise immediately ally themselves to form the Great Unholy Trinity of Evilest Evil in the Universe and start scheming how to murder William Shakespeare the genius Elizabethan playwright Now what has good old Will done to these three lunatics? Written them like lunatics obviously and that's reason enough to kill him murder him assassinate him Why not? Who's not wanted the head of an author when he's produced a work where you're not flattered to your heart's content?All sounds well and interesting enough But then the art isn't the best it could be and the storyline is confusing sketchy and doesn't do a good job of explaining what's happening nor the motivations of the characters


  8. says:

    An interesting story but one that felt a little off? I'm not sure what to make of this yet I did enjoy the bonus story at the end though The treatment of women particularly Lady Macbeth was somewhat oogy Also there are really only two women Lady Macbeth harlot adulteress power hungry madwoman goes around with her cleavage all over the place and Juliet young dresses like a boy virginal if not virgin classic madonnawhore dichotomy Really people? Really?


  9. says:

    I've not thought of myself as a reading snob or snooty English teacher I may have to rethink that after this graphic novel In an attempt to find Shakespeare related books and broaden my graphic novel experience only memoirs so far both good I picked this up The premise seemed fun a bunch of Shakespeare's characters live in a world where he is God and different factions are trying to kill or worship him Maybe this would be a fun way to put newfound Shakespearean knowledge to work for students and a fun diversion for me Not so much In fact not at allThe story is hard to follow even the pictures are hard to follow yes I've read my share of comic books so I'm not illiterate Isn't that Comics 101? Don't even get me started on the inconsistent use of thee thou and you sometimes even in the same dialogue bubble Couple that with steroidal men Othello okay Iago and Hamlet give me a break and an impossibly buxom Lady Macbeth with dress fabric that would do the Space Age proud woven on some incredible Middle Age loom I am not a purist but come on sprinkling a few famous uotes and naming your characters Capulet Falstaff and the like not only doesn't raise you to literature; in fact it doesn't even make you a good comic book


  10. says:

    This was a pretty good graphic novel Definitely reminded me of the Fables series They took stories we all know and love ok ok at least know and tolerated in high school and transformed them into an interconnected intense and twisted tale with murder madness and intrigue At first my memory of some of Shakespeare's characters was a bit lacking but even without recognizing all of them my lack of knowledge did not detract from the story or their parts in it The art is perhaps my favorite part of this graphic novel although I will admit to being confused a couple of times It wasn't until I read the entire left page that I realized the art continued across both pages and I was skipping parts Despite that the pacing was very good and didn't really lag like I expected it too I also loved the coloring Everything was jewel toned deep uber saturated Kept my eyes peeled to the paperI think I can honestly say that I am hooked and will be reading all the upcoming volumes in this series