For this latest collection of the Kill Shakespeare adventure, I’ll make you a list, dear readers. Because lists are cool.
What I liked:
–Piratey adventure. Arr. No, but seriously: all the swashbuckling you’d want but the characters have high stakes and intense, real relationships withal.
–Strong female characters. Hurrah!
–For anyone well versed in Shakespeare, there’s plenty of quotes, references, and Easter Eggs to find throughout, beyond the character names, of course.
What I didn’t like so much:
–This really isn’t the fault of the book, but vol. 4 plunges us directly into the climax and conclusion of a complex weaving of plots worthy of a few Shakespeare plays at once, and rushes us through to the action packed end (albeit an open-ended one, ready for more to come). This is only a problem for those readers like me who are not familiar/caught up with the franchise so far. It was a lot to decipher and I think I still wasn’t clear on some points, even though there’s a nice little character descriptor/list and plot summary in the beginning which does help.
–The art is a bit blocky, and though dynamic in some places, in many areas the art is muddy enough that it’s difficult to see what is happening from panel to panel, esp. in fight scenes or other action-centered sequences.
Bottom Line: if you’re a follower of this series, this collection is essential. If you’re new to Kill Shakespeare, I’d start from the beginning, not from here.
(Image from comicbookroundup.com)