Kill Shakespeare Vol. 2 – The Blast of War

Just in case you missed out on my first post about Kill Shakespeare Vol. 1 click here.

Authors Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col, and Andy Belanger have taken William Shakespeare and his greatest heroes and villains and put them together in a world where they either worship or detest their creator. Shakespeare is viewed as a godlike figure to some. Hamlet is the main character in both collections, and his trademark indecision is alive and well in this interpretation.

Kill Shakespeare, Volume Two: The Blast of War, nominated for a 2011 Harvey Award for best new comic series, and was nominated for a 2011 Shuster Award for outstanding comic writing.

I loved this volume just as much as the first! Volume 1 is leading up to the battle and introducing the characters into the plot line, but this volume has the beginning and possible end of the war against King Richard.

Hamlet, Juliet Capulet and Othello are training their people to stand up against the tyrant King Richard, to protect their freedom. Hamlet is on a journey to find the godlike Will Shakespeare who is to come and fight for the good of his children. Only Will possess the most sought after quill, that will protect the good from the evil.

There is blood, guts, beheadings and mythical creatures/monsters! There is romance, death, betrayal, laughter and sadness. This story has everything you’ve ever wanted and more!

As I said before, you don’t need to have taken a Shakespearean course in university to enjoy this comic. But in chapter two, when Iago and Othello are demonstrating the art of battle to their future warriors, they have a flashback to their torrid past. If I had not read Othello previously, I would have been a little lost in the foreshadowing of the tale. But it’s not required, because it consists only on a page or two.

Here the jist behind the feud between Othello and Iago. Just so you know. *Spoiler Alert (If you ever plan to read Othello)* Iago hated Othello because he passed him over for the position of lieutenant in favor of another soldier, Michael Cassio. Iago sought revenge and he concocted a plan to trick Othello into believing that Desdemona (the love of Othello’s life) was having a love affair with Cassio. Othello was felt so betrayed, and Iago used this vulnerability to manipulate Othello into killing Desdemona. Hence the hatred.

Overall this volume was easier to follow then the first. There are a couple of pages that threw me off in the beginning, but they began to flow much better throughout the rest book. I am was thrown because I, like most, read left to right on the left page, and then move to the right page. In this comic–as I assume they do in other comics–on some pages the story continues on to the right page and you must read the entire length. It gets confusing, but thank goodness there are only a handful of pages like these. As you can tell I am an amateur when I comes to comics.  

This book gave me a good chuckle, as well as a sad disposition as some points. A lot was wrapped up from the first comic, and I am filled with joy for volume 3!

I have not heard any word on when that might be ready for sale but I am following Kill Shakespeare on Twitter so I will keep you posted, or you can follow them as well @KillShakespeare.

Either way I hope you ENJOY this amazing tale, and I hope you let me know what you think once you’ve finished.

(Quote source: Blog Critics)


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