Thursday, January 5, 2017

Kill Them All

If you have read my reviews of Ricky Thunder or Sexcastle, you will know that Kyle Starks is one of my favorite comics creators. And I am not alone in my adoration, as he was nominated for a 2016 Eisner Award. Today when he is not making his own work he writes and occasionally draws stories for the Rick and Morty comic book adaptation. I got this latest book of his via crowd-sourcing on Kickstarter.

Kill Them All follows two plots that converge into a climactic, bloody rampage through a high-rise building. The one follows the exploits of the Tiger's Daughter, the world's deadliest assassin, who one day decides to break up with her boyfriend, which precipitates a bunch of bad stuff on her. The second follows former Detective Iruka, a disgraced police officer who has been stripped of the only job that made his life meaningful. Both of these characters end up on the trail of a ruthless crime boss, which leads to the aforementioned high-rise. It is full of thugs, killers, miscreants, luchadores, criminal masterminds, accountants, henchmen, and brain-washed child assassins. And like the title says, the mismatched duo seeks to kill them all.
This book is full of action and violence, but there are also lots of jokes and details that pay off in the conclusion. Seriously, I am amazed by how well Starks takes simple concepts and make them work so well in terms of story and character. Even with pretty straight-forward genre stuff, his sense of humor and drama shine through and make the whole enterprise exceptional. His comics work in primal, alchemical ways.
I was not able to locate many reviews of the book at this time, but the one I did find was very positive: Gary at Comics Anonymous called it "Bold, brash, funny & frantic." If you want to know more about this book, you can read this interview with Kyle Starks here, or if you would rather hear him speak about it you can listen to a different interview here.

If you are interested in learning more about Kyle Starks and his works (and why wouldn't you be?), check out his Tumblr, Twitter, Patreon, or website.

Like I said earlier, Kill Them All was published initially via a Kickstarter campaign. I am pretty sure it will be available for sale sometime soon on Starks' StoreEnvy page.

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