Brubaker and Phillips’ bestselling series keeps ratcheting up the tension!
So…maybe Dylan really is crazy? There’s got to be an explanation for the vigilante killings continuing while he’s locked up in a mental institution, right?
First Read Reactions
- Yep, there’s an explanation. (He really might still be crazy, though).
- Ugh. It can’t be easy explaining logical things to a psychiatrist when you’ve already admitting to hearing/seeing a demon.
- Whatever meds they have Dylan taking are making this book all types of depressing right now…
- …and shockingly introspective, even for him.
- Ah, there’s the Dylan we all know and love.
- Roommates are the worst.
Once again, Kill or Be Killed keeps finding ways to mold its fantastic premise into an even better narrative.
This time around, we get a brief yet poignant reminder that Dylan isn’t just a walking case study/plot device, but a tragically broken person. In addition to how his situation hurts those who love him, we take a deep dive into some mental territory that would be interesting (and possibly terrifying) for anyone to explore.
We also get a new story development that provides Phillips/Breitweiser a chance to cut loose some some balls-to-the-wall action sequences. This isn’t jus Michael Bay-level silliness, though–the explosive events occurring outside the mental institution walls end up leading to a last page cliffhanger that’s so good it’s almost cruel.
So yeah…just when I think I’m running out of ways to sing this series’ praises, Kill or Be Killed knocks one out of the park again. It’s a rare thing to find a series with this much juice after sixteen issues, but even rarer still for one to somehow keep getting better every month.