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Kill Shakespeare #2

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010
By: Karyn Pinter

Conor McCreery & Anthony Del Sol
Andy Belanger, Ian Herring (c), Neil Uyetake (l)
IDW Publishing
The story continues with the very deceptive Richard III and his lieutenant Iago, and Hamlet furthers his quest to find the "wizard" William Shakespeare. Hamlet is attacked by a group known as the Prodigals and finds himself twisted in reasoning, discovering that perhaps the path he has taken is not the right one.

The plot thickens. It seems everyone is deceiving everyone else, except for hapless Hamlet of course. A small handful of new characters enter the play, with Iago, the villain from Othello, being the most important. Joining Iago in his treachery is Tamora, Queen of the Goths, from Titus Andronicus. Together who knows what evils the two of them can cook up. One thing for sure is that Iago has plans of his own for Hamlet, the supposed Shadow King.

I've always been a fan of villains, so adding Iago and especially Tamora to the mix has drawn me in. That just might be the best thing Kill Shakespeare has going for it--characters that everyone likes and knows. That's what makes stories like Fables so popular. For every Hamlet there is a Lady MacBeth or a Romeo, a character who makes everyone want to read the story. So it may very well be worth it just to see which characters show up to aid the Danish prince on his quest and which ones show up to throw him off course.

The handling of Richard III is fantastic. He's a very enjoyable bad guy with all of his scheming and his deformed arm. There is a great part in the comic where he speaks of his wilted arm and the power it gives him over his enemies. I honestly can't recall if this is taken straight from the play Richard III or if Conor McCreery wrote it in, but it's a perfect example of how Richard bends things to his will and to his advantage. He is a man that believes he can't be stopped and, since having only one arm doesn't seem to slow him down at all, then perhaps he is right. I hope to see more of this type of work go into the other characters. I hope to see their fire stoked and new life breathed into them.

The story is progressing a little more now. I wasn't too sure how things would play out after reading the first issue, which was a little heavy on the words but not so great with the plot, but now we’re set up for an adventure. A few things still remain unclear, but I'm sure all will be resolved soon enough. After reading this issue, you'll probably want to reread some of Shakespeare's work, but you might have more fun just reading Kill Shakespeare.



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