Kill Shakespeare by Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col & Andy Belanger

Kill Shakespeare
by Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col & Andy Belanger
IDW, 2010

A fun conceit, a universe where all of Shakespeare’s plays exist simultaneously, and villains such as Richard III, Lady Macbeth and Iago manipulate an exiled Hamlet (who has more pressing things on his mind) into seeking out and assassinating their author.

In this world, drag is an impenetrable disguise and no eloquent double-entendre is left unflogged. Falstaff is available for comic relief. Juliet is a surprisingly pro-active heroine, and although some of the characters are younger and better-looking than they strictly ought to be, it’s exuberantly drawn with lots of eye-gouging and arrows thudding into flesh.

It may feel a little All Star Team Up at times and some of the dialogue gives pastiche a bad name, but it would be hard to go wrong with this particular cast, wouldn’t it?

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