Kill Or Be Killed #12 takes a breather from the pulse pounding violence and focuses on two people. Providing a rare glimpse at the other side of being a killer.
***SPOILERS LIE AHEAD***
After a close call with the Russian, Dylan sees Kira in a whole new light. Every moment with her is now a miracle after having almost lost her by sheer dumb luck.
Dylan’s thought process is so thought out that it’s almost impossible not to put yourself into these scenes. Brubaker has made us all see a bit of Dylan in ourselves, except for the whole demon and murder thing. Life is delicate, even for someone who takes it away so often.
These characters have one of the most natural and realistic relationships in comic books. Every turn they take feels like it could be a story one of your friends is telling you about their love life.
Sean Phillips’ art has been a major factor in making this book a supremely unique experience. Even without the dialogue, the animated facial illustrations could be enough for readers to put together what’s going on.
Every bit of action is in your face and loud, as it should be. In Kill Or Be Killed #12 however, the brightest moments are in the quieter scenes throughout the city. From Dylan and Kira laying in bed to simple shots of rain covered cars in New York City traffic. Every panel is dynamite.
Elizabeth Breitweiser’s color may be the most crucial element of the title’s stunning visual appeal. Light reflecting in puddles on the street, neon colors streaming through cigarette smoke, and that vibrant execution at the end. Her and Phillips are a stupendous team.
Kill Or Be Killed is delivering on all fronts. It hasn’t slowed down one bit, twelve issues in and it’s better than ever.
If you still aren’t reading this series, you’re depriving yourself of one of the best in the business right now.