#12–KILL SHAKESPEARE, VOL. 1

The 365 Day Graphic Novel Challenge

KILL SHAKESPEARE, VOL. 1

Writer: Conor McCreery & Anthony Del Col

Artist: Andy Belanger

IDW, 2010

Issue_1_KaganI’d never heard of this comic before so I came to it without any preconceptions which is somewhat refreshing for a change.

This is another example of the “shared universe” concept that’s become so popular since Alan Moore’s LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN series although, to be fair, I believe that Philip Jose Farmer started the genre with his RIVERWORLD series.  In any event, KILL SHAKESPEARE throws a bunch of the Bard’s characters together in a wide ranging story of duty, honor and betrayal.  You know, all the things Shakespeare liked to write about anyway.

We begin with everyone’s favorite Dane, Hamlet, leaving Denmark after having mistakenly killed Polonius. He sailing towards England when his ship is attacked by Pirates and he is rescued (?) by Richard the Third and becomes entangled in a complicated…

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About Sam Gafford
My name is Sam Gafford and I've been doing critical work on William Hope Hodgson for many years. I wrote the article "Writing Backwards: The Novels of William Hope Hodgson" in which I presented evidence that WHH wrote his novels in the reverse order in which they were published. I've recently written an article on Hodgson's confrontation with Houdini and am currently working on a book length study of WHH.

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