Kill Shakespeare Returns with "The Tide of Blood"

A comics news article

by Josef Fleming


As any English student will tell you, it is impossible to escape Shakespeare. He will find you, it does not matter where you go, he will hunt you down and make you read. Make you read plays. But do not fear, we do not lay our scene in fair Verona, this Shakespeare news is of glad tidings. It is of course, the long awaited return of Kill Shakespeare.

If you haven’t been keeping up with Kill Shakespeare, it’s been best described as a combination of Fables, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Lord of the Rings. It exists as a remixed re-envisioning of some of the greatest characters ever put to pen, featuring action, romance, comedy, lust, drama and bloody violence. It’s at heart an adventure story, one which strings together all of Shakespeare’s greatest heroes against a selection of some of his most memorable villains. Because who doesn’t want to see Romeo smack the taste out of Iago’s mouth? 



Returning are series co-creators Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery along with the original artist Andy Belanger. In the newly announced five-issue miniseries called The Tide of Blood, we’ll get to once more see the adventures of Othello, Romeo, Juliet & Hamlet, as they hunt down a Genocidal Prospero, from the classic Tempest. (what fun!)

As just announced at NYCC, the series will be published by IDW, and will make its debut at comic shops across North America and Europe in February of 2013. Should you want to catch up on the award-studded series before that gets here, both prior volumes have been collected into trade format, A Sea of Troubles & The Blast of War, respectively.

If that hasn’t sold you on it, here's a teaser trailer:





Josef Fleming is a playwright/researcher/columnist based in Birmingham (England, not Alabama). He will mainly be shouting to you about comic books, why they're wonderful and why you should be reading more of them. He exists on Twitter @JosefFleming, but as it is a social media invented by Satan himself, so don't expect anything either coherent or pleasant. Actually, that's a good motto for most of Josef's work. Take heed.

He can be bribed with hand-drawn pictures of obscure X-Men from the '90s. If you're into that sort of thing. He is into that sort of thing.

Community Discussion