Kill Shakespeare, Vol. 2: The Blast of War

Kill Shakespeare Vol The Blast of War And so the curtain falls Hamlet Juliet and Shakespeare all facing death Can Othello rally the Prodigals to defeat Richard and Lady Macbeth s now fractured army But even if he does will anyone be le

  • Title: Kill Shakespeare, Vol. 2: The Blast of War
  • Author: Conor McCreery Anthony Del Col Andy Belanger
  • ISBN: 9781613770252
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Paperback
  • And so the curtain falls Hamlet, Juliet, and Shakespeare all facing death Can Othello rally the Prodigals to defeat Richard and Lady Macbeth s now fractured army But even if he does, will anyone be left alive to celebrate victory The critically acclaimed series ends its first run in this second volume collection.

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    1. While the second volume of the Elizabethan-inspired graphic novel Kill Shakespeare delivers on the promise of action and bloodshed presented by the factionalization of Shakespeare's most notorious characters in the opening volume, it seems to fall short of any real connection between the source marterial and the resulting story presented in this graphic novel. The occasional line of Shakespeare, or double-entendre in the style of the bard, does help to build a sense of playfulness in writing, bu [...]

    2. Kill Shakespeare vol.2 improves somewhat on volume 1, but it still fails to live up to the potential of its basic premise. The heroes get fleshed out in this volume with some actual depth, but the villains become so one-note that they practically vanish into the background. The characters still aren't Shakespeare's, but if you forget that little detail the book becomes a fun fantasy read.As far as what happens when the characters meet Shakespeare himself - well, it's still a wasted opportunity. [...]

    3. 4.5 I know some people didn't quite like this one as much as the first volume, but for me this was so much better than the first. The action, the intrigue, and seeing all of the alliances in their entirety was very rewarding. I really enjoyed this and am definitely going to continue!

    4. The continuation of Shakespearian characters in a combined world. Juliet continues as the rebel leader against the tyrannical King Richard and Lady MacBeth. Will is found and he's given up his God-Father role as the creator basically because misery abounds. Epic battle erupts between the factions, much backstabbing occurs, as it should in something having to do with Shakespeare. Illustration is still colorful and vibrant. Line work isn't 100% consistent, but generally pretty good. I like it over [...]

    5. Seriously, creators, the most interesting thing you could think to do with all of Shakespeare's major characters is have them meet in hand-to-hand combat? Seriously?![If you're wondering why I bothered to read this at all, it's because I borrowed it at the same time as Vol. 1.]

    6. As fun as the first one. I love what they’re doing with Lady Macbeth and one of my favourite female Shakespeare villains who shows up at the very end

    7. ARC Provided by NetGalleyOK so this ARC only provided access to the first issue, so it’s a bit difficult to judge the whole tale so this is review is based upon only--ONLY--the 1st issue (and from my experience with reading the collected first volume.)If you're a fan of Shakespeare and a fan of the Fables series by Bill Willingham, then this comic should be right up your alley. The authors take the world of Shakespeare and turn it upside down. The characters are self aware and realize that the [...]

    8. Kill Shakespeare, Vol. 2 is a much needed sequel to the first edition of this series, this time taking a better glimpse at the Bard's original characters and actions. It follows up where the previous volume left off, course, with Iago treading both sides of a traitorous line and Hamlet struggling to find and prove himself to his newfound friends.But Volume 2 does a much better job at intertwining Shakespeare's original characters with the writers' own interpretations on them. I was much pleased [...]

    9. Here's a teaser of my review for it:“Kill Shakespeare is an intense, thrilling, and a highly exciting narrative that is full of crazy puns and references galore to Shakespeare’s various plays, all of which combine to deliver one of the best reading experiences ever!” ~The Founding FieldsWhere to start really. As someone who has only read the play versions of Macbeth and Twelfth Night and heavily abridged versions of some of Shakespeare’s other plays, Kill Shakespeare is a beautifully-ima [...]

    10. After enjoying the first volume of this series, the second, in which we finally meet the reclusive God-figure of Shakespeare and witness the showdown between Juliet's army and Richard and Lady Macbeth's forces, felt like more of the same, just less interesting.The climactic battle scenes fall far short of epic, the ending is flat and the artwork's inconsistency (a minor issue for me in the first volume) is far more noticeable. Shakespeare is the most glaringly obvious. He never seems to look eve [...]

    11. I picked the two of these up awhile back along with the T-shirt because the idea tickled me but never quite got around to reading them. Since the holidays are almost over, I thought I'd take the time and get through them since I just ordered volume 3 which was published in October.I was presently surprised. They've taken a lot of liberties with the Bard, but they've done so respectfully and most of the lead characters are pretty much true to form. Lady Macbeth is a scheming bitch, Juliet is swee [...]

    12. It's a mistake to come in halfway through a series, so that might be my problem with this, aside from the irregular use of the second person singular and the artful but confusing full-color layout. Do you read across a two-page spread? One page at a time? In a freaking circle?! What my struggles to understand have determined is that Shakespeare, with his magic quill (oh. my. god.) has created the familiar characters: Romeo, Juliet, Hamlet (in a love triangle), Iago, Othello, Richard III, Falstaf [...]

    13. Volume 1 of Kill Shakespeare was a very good setup. Not that that was all it was, but those first six chapters were just the beginning. A great as that beginning was, it really didn't prepare me for the amazing fantasy to be found in Volume 2. The fantasy elements were there, of course, in the first volume; but the story stayed pretty grounded. Here, the story takes flight like I didn't expect it to, culminating in a battle with warlords, fairies, and sorcery so bloody it could give Shakespeare' [...]

    14. Welp, things certainly got weirder in this volume. (Feste performing the Mousetrap, anyone?) Loads of people died (view spoiler)[ (Iago died twice, whoops)(hide spoiler)], and lots of the characters were very, well, out-of-character. I thought Shakespeare was pretty great, though. (view spoiler)[ But let it be known that I disapprove heavily of the romance between Hamlet and Juliet. It makes absolutely no sense.(hide spoiler)] But otherwise clichéd plot, 2D characters, all that. :\ Also the bat [...]

    15. I first heard about this series in my Shakespeare class and knew I had to read it!I love Hamlet so having him star as the main character sold me into the story very quickly, and I loved how all the characters met and interacted with each other in the weird Shakespeare world which I’m still a bit confused about how it exists.The graphic novel is beautifully drawn and beautifully written. I love that the authors wrote mimicking Shakespeare but in a way that reader’s could actually understand w [...]

    16. I wanted more out of this. Honestly, I probably wanted too much, but what I got was not great, just more or less good. The characters felt a little closer to what I expected of them from heir roots in this volume, but there was still something missing. I think it probably could have used being more stretched out. Not normally the sort of thing I say, but this could have really spent more time exploring connections to original stories, fleshing out personalities and motivations and differentiatin [...]

    17. The second volume of the Kill Shakespeare series is a much better, action packed edition than the first. The heroes & villains of Will's stories are fighting in his name, as he's pretty much God. I followed this volume a lot better than the first story-wise, but the way the panels are arranged still threw me quite a bit. The artwork seemed off too. I don't know - it's like the characters weren't always drawn the same way. Sometimes I wouldn't even realize Hamlet was Hamlet. The ending was so [...]

    18. Shakespeare is God to all the characters he created. One group, lead by Juliet and Othello, are seeking him out to help them in their battle against King Richard, and Lady Macbeth. As the final battle looms, Hamlet confronts his creator and challenges him to help those whom he created.I picked this up because I enjoyed the first volume. The crazy way in which so many of Shakespeare's characters are joined together is fun and imaginative.I finished it because I was curious to see how Shakespeare [...]

    19. Similar to other series I've read, I felt this second installation (which is really issues 6-12 all in one place) was easier to understand than the first. Now that we've been plummeted into the world Shakespeare created and we understand the relationships between the characters a little better, the story is slightly easier to follow. Unfortunately, I still feel that the main conflict is too muddled for me: what's the deal with the Shadow King? What's the Quill and how does it work? And what's wi [...]

    20. I appreciated the story in this volume more than the previous because it was nice to see the writers use the familiar Shakespeare phrases, situations, and characters while allowing the characters to grow in different ways from their originals in this new world. Some characters stay very much the same (Iago) but others (esp the younger set of Juliet, Hamlet, and Romeo) change from their original selves into someone much more interesting. There are some plot holes and questions that I'm hoping vol [...]

    21. When you tag the name Shakespeare to your work, you sure as heck better make sure that you're doing the bard justice. Unfortunately, while this has a lot of interesting things going on in it; Shakesepeare it is not. The takes on well-known Shakespearean characters like Hamlet, Othello and Juliet are all interesting. But the tragedy is that I wouldn't have picked Hamlet out as Hamlet if they didn't point out who he was. So few of the characters in this book behave in a manner that reflects the ch [...]

    22. I think the authors of this may have invented a new genre, but I'm not sure what to call it. It's the opposite of fan fiction - SpiteFic maybe?This reads as though somebody who had a brief flirtation with Shakespeare had then been asked to write a comic in his style; the result is full of thous and thees and perchances, mostly used incorrectly, and is horribly off kilter and full of soap opera-like interactions.Of course I read the first volume imagining that the authors were fans of the Bard, b [...]

    23. I have to admit to being a bit of a Shakespeare fan, so it shouldn't surprise you that I loved these two graphic novels. I found the premise unique and the dialogue smart and well crafted. The authors did a particularly good job of weaving actual quotes from Shakespeare through the story. They also really understood the core of the characters and developed them far beyond what we see in the actual plays. I think almost anyone who is at all familiar with Shakespeare will love these novels, and Sh [...]

    24. This is a really fun series. I actually enjoyed this volume more than the first--more action, some nice twists and really nice art. Of course hunting the various Shakespeare references is great fun and they are hidden throughout---both in the art and in the dialogue and even in some of the background. This makes for a sort of scavenger hunt which is really cool on top of the story and art themselves. I especially enjoyed the battle sequences (not usually my favorites) and some of the relationshi [...]

    25. A much better story the second time around. Shakespearean elements were more fully developed and presented. There were more Easter Eggs. (view spoiler)[And the ending scene with Sonnet Seventy-One was powerful and touching.I still wanted Juliet to end up with Romeo though. I thought they deserved a happy ending without their warring families. But it wasn't essential, and her reunion with Hamlet was wonderful. (hide spoiler)]Slog through the first one if you must, the second one will be much more [...]

    26. The conclusion of the story begun in the first Kill Shakespeare book. It's quite similar, and the world remains fun, especially as minor Shakespearean characters appear and you get to identify them. We also finally meet Will, who seems like a combination of a god and Prospero, which is probably a good description of a writer in any case. I still find the illustrations not as interesting as they could be (it's sometimes hard to tell the characters apart, as all the "handsome" men look the same, a [...]

    27. Definitely fulfills the promise of the first volume. If they'd been in one 'book,' as the writers meant the series to be, it'd all have been a four. Great story, great characters--really true to what I think of these chars from Shakespeare. Definitely LOVED Othello's interactions with Iago--and Juliet's assertiveness at the end. Really, really good.The only thing that held it back from a 5, in my view, was that I thought the art in this volume was a bit inconsistent. Goodbut not great overall on [...]

    28. Looking at my "My Books" list, I read Volume 1 in December 2010. That should tell you how anxious I was to finish the story. I think the problem for me is that I just know of most of these characters. I don't know who they are, though. And the writers don't really create personalities for the characters in the same way that Bill Willingham does with Fables, a book Kill Shakespeare likens itself to.The story actually isn't that bad. The end of the Shakespeare war is well played out. But the chara [...]

    29. A well written follow up to the first Kill Shakespeare. This book lives up to the promises of the first. The authors have a strong grasp on the quest format used by many of the great fantasy authors. In this volume the lines have been clearly drawn between good and evil and Hamlet knows where he stands. Characters once thought dead are brought back by the authors and they shuffle them around like pieces on a chess board. In this volume we finally see Hamlet fulfil his destiny as the Shadow King [...]

    30. blogcritics/books/article/"Readers don't have to be well-versed in the Shakespeare plays to enjoy the comic, but knowledge of key speeches and characters does enhance the experience. Not only do main characters like Hamlet, Falstaff, and Iago populate the pages, but peripheral characters like Demetrius and Lysander from A Midsummer Night's Dream also make an appearance."

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