Kill Shakespeare Volume 2 Paperback – Nov 22 2011
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"Kill Shakespeare is an intense, thrilling, and a highly exciting narrative that is full of crazy puns and references galore to Shakespeare's various plays, all of which combine to deliver one of the best reading experiences ever!" ~The Founding Fields
Where to start really. As someone who has only read the play versions of Macbeth and Twelfth Night and heavily abridged versions of some of Shakespeare's other plays, Kill Shakespeare is a beautifully-imagined world that has something for everyone. We have the endless scheming of Richard and Lady Macbeth, the heroisms of Othello and Romeo, the villainy of Iago, the good-natured foolishness of Falstaff, the faith of Romeo, the courage of Juliet, and amongst all of them, Hamlet's drive for vindication. There are twists and turns in every issue as the writers move the reader ever closer to that inevitable meeting between Hamlet and Shakespeare himself. There is love and romance, betrayal and friendship.
Its not something that is easy to describe for me. I burned through the two volumes in less than two days and every single moment of the reading experience was, in its own way, unique. For myself, I think being largely unfamiliar with Shakespeare's plays really worked to draw me in because while the overarching narrative is very, very different from the plays themselves, certain character arcs are quite surprising. You never really can predict what is going to happen next. Will Iago betray Othello, Juliet and Hamlet? Will Lady Macbeth and King Richard succeed in their nefarious scheming? Is Hamlet really the prophecied Shadow King who is going to bring the god-magician Will Shakespeare back?
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I have to say, though, that the conjugation of the speech bothered me from the first word to the last. I found myself having to mentally edit their "Old English" speech so that the verbs correctly correlated with the proper nouns, which was an irritation but by no means a deal breaker. I understand that there's a less-initiated audience this comic is trying to appeal to--which is why I gave it 4 stars--but it felt like the product, in the end, suffered because of the looseness in the language. By no means was I expecting elevated language--just correct English, "Old" (which Shakespeare isn't) or otherwise.
Should you buy it? Yes. Of course. Anything with Shakespeare as a focus is worth looking into, and this does justice to the spirit of the Bard. This series is great, and I hope for more!
The art is very distinctive, and the story telling remains faithful to the character motivations Shakespeare established in his plays. With that, it's worth noting that the page layout is particularly eye-catching. (As someone with a background in literature, I wasn't expecting to have that sort of thing catch my eye; but it sure did.)
Personally, I'm very happy with the book.