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Review: Kill More #1
From IDW Publishing
A new series full of crime, violence and a troubled police force from IDW Publishing. Out now is the first issue of Kill More.
The city of Colonia is suffering from total economic collapse, but worse than the unemployment and urban decay is the skyrocketing homicide rate. Most of the few cops left on the force think it's just another symptom of the city's decline, but one detective has a darker theory...that the most depraved killers in the country have all moved here to take advantage of the chaos. As he and his new partner dig deeper into their rapidly growing list of open cases, they'll find themselves in the crosshairs of a growing group of maniacs who realize that the best way to stay ahead of the cops in a city full of killers...is to kill more. Nothing can prepare you for Lady Facesmasher, The Sufferer, The Obituary Machine-and worse. Lock your doors and journey into the mouth of madness in a new series from writer Scott Bryan Wilson (TRVE KVLT, Pennyworth) and artist Max Alan Fuchs (Altered Carbon: One Life One Death, Halcyon Days).
Writer: Scott Bryan Wilson & Artist: Max Fuchs
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There is a lot of setup going on in this issue. However, you can feel the tension and the problems going on.
I like how the main emphasis is the increasing demoralisation of the police force. Many are leaving for new pastures, and others are pretty much not even turning up. CSIs and uniforms seem to be non-existent, and those left are doing what they can.
Within this, the body count is rapidly racking up. With not only some gruesome deaths, but it appears that some are coming out of town to add to the count. This is because of the reputation of Colonia.
It seems to be a self-fulfilling prophecy, with the increase in deaths causing more police to leave - this, in turn, means that there are more murders.
This was an excellent setup issue, with more to come, interestingly. There is still a lot to learn - both about the situation and the characters, and that will surely be interesting.
I loved how the art played out. There are some excellent character moments, with not only the horror and resignation on the faces of the police but also the sheer malice and insanity of some of the citizens.
It is a dark and foreboding beginning, where things are definitely going to get worse!
I'm eagerly anticipating the next issue to see how things will unfold! This is a must-read if you're a fan of gritty, suspenseful storytelling. The combination of compelling characters, grim atmosphere and intricate plotlines makes for a truly captivating read. P.S. A big shout-out to the artists for their stellar work on this issue.
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