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February 26, 2010

Kill Shakespeare

I just read an advance copy of Kill Shakespeare #1. IDW decribes the book as "What Fables does for fairy tales, Kill Shakespeare does with the greatest writer of all time. This dark take on the Bard pits his greatest heroes (Hamlet, Juliet, Othello Falstaff) against his most menacing villains (Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Iago) in an epic adventure to find and kill a reclusive wizard named William Shakespeare."

We'll have to see how the characters are developed over the course of the series in order to judge if the book is worthy of the Fables comparison, but I enjoyed the 1st issue. The story sets up the journey of a banished Hamlet on a quest to resurrect his dead father. But, in order to do so, he must first kill a wizard named William Shakespeare.

This book should also be popular with English teachers. They could have students read the comic and make comparisons with the actual works of Shakespeare. Why didn't I ever get a cool assignment like that in school? :) As a school project or as just a fun read, Kill Shakespeare is worth your time! The first issue arrives in April.

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