I’d enjoyed the first two volumes of Kill Shakespeare immensely. Part Braveheart part Matrix, the story follows; Hamlet, Juliet, Othello, Falstaff, Romeo and Puck in their search for a reclusive wizard possibly able to aid them in their battle against the evil forces led by the villains Richard III, Lady Macbeth and Iago. That reclusive wizard? William Shakespeare.
That compact synopsis does nothing to explain how mesmerizing this series was. The relationships between these characters, alliances that never were, impossible romances that fit so well, character qualities never explored before all come together into a tapestry of murder, romance, betrayal, and heroism that’s a pleasure to experience. I too worried that it was too ambitious, using such important, well-known literary characters. This book makes no attempt to outdo The Bard. This is most assuredly an homage, a love story penned to an author and his creations. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Now I’ve noticed one or two reviews of the new series popping up but I get my previews from IDW and they’ve asked for no reviews until the 19th of February. I will say this, I’ve read it. It’s as good as the first series, if not better for having the background of the first to grow from. Visit the Kill Shakespeare website.
A New Journey to KILL SHAKESPEARE Begins!
KILL SHAKESPEARE: THE TIDE OF BLOOD
San Diego, CA (February 15, 2013) – Spurred by the demand of fans from the worlds of comics, theater and academia, IDW Publishing is proud to announce the return of the acclaimed comic series Kill Shakespeare with the release of KILL SHAKESPEARE: THE TIDE OF BLOOD #1. The new five-issue run, with the original creative team of co-writers Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col and artist Andy Belanger returning, debuts on February 20th, 2013 in comic book stores across the United States, Canada, and overseas.
Called “gripping, violent and dark fun,” by The New York Times, the original 12-issue series was nominated for a Harvey Award for Best New Series and Joe Shuster Awards for Best Comic Writing. In the new adventure Shakespeare’s greatest heroes (Hamlet, Juliet, Romeo, Othello, Miranda) embark on a journey to a forbidden island to save the world from the deranged “master of books”, Prospero. The island is filled with cannibals, magic and madness – as well as ghosts from the pasts of many characters.
“It’s a dream come true to continue to tell stories in the Kill Shakespeare universe,” said McCreery. “We have such a vast and deep sandbox of characters to play with from Shakespeare and our fans constantly let us know which ones they want to see next. The entire fan response has been overwhelming.”
The series has built a strong following not only in the comic book community but also academia (where numerous scholars have analyzed the creators’ take on Shakespeare) and the theatre world. Shortly after the release of THE TIDE OF BLOOD #1, Chicago’s Strawdog Theatre will be mounting the first multi-week run of Kill Shakespeare: The Live Graphic Novel from March 4-24th, 2013. The show, which combines images from the comic series with live acting, music and sound effects, was produced by a number of theatre companies in 2012 and named the top theatrical experience of the year in Halifax by The Coast.
“I had an awesome time working on the first two volumes of Kill Shakespeare,” said series editor Tom Waltz. “Tickling both my literary and action-adventure fancies, Conor, Anthony, and Andy have most definitely given me one of the most satisfying and unique experiences I’ve had as an editor at IDW Publishing. And, just as the first go-round proved it’s hard to kill Shakespeare, well, it’s hard to kill a fantastic story concept, too, and I truly believe the best is yet to come from the Kill Shakespeare crew!”