Monday, May 5, 2008

Killraven


Honestly I only read this because of Alan Davis. Nothing more to it. and we all know I have a thing for certain creators.... I hadn't been really interested in the character of Killraven and I've never read anything about him other than this mini-series. So what did I think about it? Well....

Killraven is the Marvel Comics version of H. G. Wells' War Of The Worlds, except with Doc Savage/Conan running around killing Martians. It's a pastiche of numerous pulp elements that was famous for having the first comic book interracial kiss. Fast forward some years and Alan Davis, with help from longtime collaborator Mark Farmer, are doing a reinvention of Killraven, taking away any of the less manly tropes of Killraven and replacing them with ultimate killing machine tropes.

In six issues, Killraven, M'Shulla, Carmilla, Hawk, and Old Skull go from New York to Washington just to find some peace and more importantly, some freedom from the Martians, their human allies, and the slavery ring that gave Killraven his skills. Along the way, they pick up the half-human, half-vegetable Mint Julep and the pyrotechnic Volcana.

It's fairly action-packed and features some of the well known aspects of an Alan Davis work: the diagonal panels, the constant dialogue (there's not a single silent panel) and the overly technical jargon that permeates the plot. This isn't a criticism really. It's just that Alan Davis is no Alan Moore. Davis is more interested in a Michael Bay-style action extravaganza and it's very enjoyable.

I wasn't really blown away by this, not like I was by JLA: The Nail or Fantastic Four: The End. Those were ridiculous awesome, while Killraven is pretty average. I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this to anybody unless they were Killraven fans, or Alan Davis fans. Otherwise, it's middle of the road.

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