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Review Group Week 218 - KILL SHAKESPEARE #1

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guitarsmashley

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Postby guitarsmashley » Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:11 pm

thefourthman wrote:why would anybody, except those most cynical
want to read more musing by me most lyrical?


skull fuck.
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thefourthman

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Postby thefourthman » Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:13 pm

guitarsmashley wrote:skull fuck.

is this an answer made to my query
or has my posit made you feel this weary?
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Starlord

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Postby Starlord » Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:18 pm

Kill Shakespeare #1

I'm a bit late to this party.
My copy was a bit tardy.

I'm glad I waited, and patiently so
For I have found that I liked this more than you'd know.

A breath of fresh air, this issue be
Both written and drawn so majestically.

I know I will get this in trade paperback
They've got me hooked on the premise and that's a fact Jack!

So for now I shall give it a solid score of seven
in hopes that the trade will put me in heaven.
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thefourthman

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Postby thefourthman » Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:22 pm

starlord wrote:Kill Shakespeare #1

I'm a bit late to this party.
My copy was a bit tardy.

I'm glad I waited, and patiently so
For I have found that I liked this more than you'd know.

A breath of fresh air, this issue be
Both written and drawn so majestically.

I know I will get this in trade paperback
They've got me hooked on the premise and that's a fact Jack!

So for now I shall give it a solid score of seven
in hopes that the trade will put me in heaven.

Forgive me if I sound like a lout
My brain may be full of lead
But I find myself full of doubt
That you want a trade to make you dead.
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Starlord

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Postby Starlord » Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:29 pm

thefourthman wrote:Forgive me if I sound like a lout
My brain may be full of lead
But I find myself full of doubt
That you want a trade to make you dead.


You have misinterpeted what I meant,
And I'm almost out of ryhmes, I'm speant.
But I do hope the trade takes me away.
And makes me forget my real world day.
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Tintin Quarantino

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Postby Tintin Quarantino » Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:16 am

Starlord, you're awesome.

Most of the rest of you, utter losers.
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thefourthman

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Postby thefourthman » Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:01 am

Spicy Dick wrote:Starlord, you're awesome.

Most of the rest of you, utter losers.

:(
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Tintin Quarantino

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Postby Tintin Quarantino » Thu Apr 22, 2010 12:56 pm

thefourthman wrote::(


I said most!
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Starlord

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Postby Starlord » Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:28 pm

Spicy Dick wrote:Starlord, you're awesome.

Most of the rest of you, utter losers.


Thank you. :-)
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:59 am

Kill Shakespeare #1 - 'A Sea Of Troubles' - McCreery, Del Col and Belanger

Story - I'm not a particularly big fan of old William Shakespeare. Like every Englishman, I studied his work a lot at school, I've read Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant Of Venice and Hamlet. But that was work, that was something I was forced to do, I had to read them and write lengthy essays on them, or otherwise I wouldn't pass my A-Levels. I've never read the Bard for fun.

Which is why this issue surprised me by how much I enjoyed it, and by how much knowledge of the plays I had retained in my mind. I suppose it helped that this issue was mainly an adaptation of Hamlet, up until the very end. We pick up after Hammy has murdered Polonius, and is being sent to England with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. It's from this point and the attack of Pirates that McCreery and Del Col spin their take on the story. Instead of heading back to Denmark, Hamlet is washed-up in England, and meets Richard III, and is tasked with killing an evil Wizard named William Shakespeare, in order to resurrect his father. It's a goofy concept, but the writers make it work, and I'm interested to see where it goes.

I was impressed by how well the writers adapted Shakespeare's language, it wasn't exactly the same (the only writer I've seen ape this style perfectly is Alan Moore in League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier) but it was a nice halfway house between standard comics language, and Shakespeare. I was also surprised at how action-packed this issue was. It wasn't all soliloquies, the fight between Hamlet and the Pirates was bad-ass to say the least.

While this issue is mainly about Hamlet, the writers do seem to be bringing in other Shakespeare characters, you get Richard III (or is it actually Macbeth? I think it might be), and I'm interested to see which other characters show up, will we get a wise-cracking Shylock? Romeo and Juliet as a crack-assassin team?

I'm also interested in just how meta this book is willing to go, how is Shakespeare in the world of his own characters? Is he travelling into them? Or are they suggesting he was a Wizard who replaced real history with stories? Hamlet's home being called Helsingor rather than Elsinore could indicate that.

In the end, this was a fine issue, it reminded me of how good Shakespeare actually is (I may go and read him for pleasure now!) and made me forget about frantic English Lit exams, if it doesn't get too Meta, then I can see myself enjoying this a lot.

Art - Belanger isn't an artist I'm familiar with, but I liked his work here, reminding me of Cameron Stewart and Locke and Key artist Gabriel Rodriguez. Strong lines, and clear expressions. With complex dialogue, you need clear art, and this fits.

Best Line - 'And all this land shall be ours'

7/10
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GLX

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Postby GLX » Mon May 16, 2011 4:19 pm

As someone that's just finished taking a class on Shakespearean tragedies, I definitely say that the creative team knows Shakespeare's material quite well. Having said that, the writing just isn't my cup of tea. Plus, the art leaves a lot to be desired. It's not worth purchasing.

5.7* out of 10*

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