You might recall me bragging about my friend Tom Ellis HERE and HERE.
Well, the little sod has gone and done it again! Damn him and his inspirational/creative self!
Tom has created a comic book series.
And written the first issue.
And published it.
And is selling it.
Episode 01 is a tale of intrigue.
An assassin is sent out to kill someone.
We see the instructions being given.
Then the interactions between the pair.
Who is the target? Who the assassin?
Initially I had intended writing a full review for Issue One but to do so would quite spoil this twisty-turny tale.
What I will say is that this is a terse thriller. The language used is deliberately ambiguous and captures the attention and imagination of the reader. The dialogue reads right, the character sound like they’re actually talking to each other (one of my normal bug bears in comics) which is a huge thumbs up.
All artwork has been created by Katie Thompson – another friend and con-family member of mine. Though I’ve seen bits and pieces of her work before, nothing on this scale and nothing so deliberately minimalist and stylistic in tone. I love the use of light and dark and that the only colour used in red. The emotions of the characters are emphasized throughout – bravo Katie!
I’m hugely impressed by my two mates – this is a terrific project! However, this is not perfect – not just yet.
In places, I could have used more exposition via text rather than via the artwork. During the dinner date for example, I almost resented having panels devoted to each detail of the nights progression – I thought that the pace suffered slightly here as a result. (However, later, after the date – the use of the art to propel the story forwards, as opposed to the writing is spot on. I’m an inconstant woman, clearly).
I look forward to seeing the direction that Tom and his intrepid team of awesome take for the next!
Watch the trailer here
Visit the 2KILL page on facebook
2 Kill Playlist
You can download the soundtrack – compiled by Aaron Richards HERE because what is the point of a comic without a kickass soundtrack?
Or play the soundtrack on the embedded player below.
A brand new comic series from enthusiastic first timers; that brings together a story, artwork and music.
Issue 1 out now!
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