Writer: Alan Robert
Artist: Alan Robert
Release Date: October 31, 2012
Synopsis: What do you get when you throw three murderers into one prison cell together? Well, when those characters happen to be based on the likenesses of celebrities FRANK VINCENT (Goodfellas, Raging Bull, The Sopranos), MARKY RAMONE (formerly of The Ramones) and BREA GRANT (Heroes, Dexter), you can bet that the outcome will be anything but ordinary. From the creator of IDW Publishing's hit series Crawl to Me, comes Alan Robert's KILLOGY®; an off-the-wall, genre-busting mash-up of crime, dark comedy and horror. Written and illustrated by Robert, this original, four-issue mini-series kicks off this Halloween from the award-winning comics publisher.
Our Thoughts: The first issue of “Killogy” really sets up an interesting plot, with one of the most unqiue combination characters I’ve ever seen in a comic. The concept of using actual celebrity images in a plot full of mobsters and zombies may sound a bit unusual, however, Roberts seems to be able to pull it off. If Martin Scorsese and George Romero had a comic child….it would probably look like “Killogy.”
Story: The first issue, as stated, is pretty much just setting the scene and giving the back story to what these three characters, who have nothing in common, are about to be thrown in together. The plot is made just that much better by Robert keeping it real with the dialogue. Let’s be clear, anyone whose send any mob films, or Frank Vincent in anything, does not expect political correctness. (As an Italian American, I truly appreciated the “va fangul” during the fight scene). It also sets up the conflict and tensions between the characters, as well as the apocalyptic battle they are about to face.
Art: Roberts is best known for his incredible “Crawl to Me.” The art style in this book is completely different. Not only does it show his range as an artist and willingness to take risks, but I believe this style lends itself better to this type of story. It does give it a more “old school” feel you expect from a 1970’s 1980’s mob film. The art is very well done, and still vivid and gory.
“Killogy” #1 sets up a unique mashup of characters and shows a lot of promise of what is to come in the rest of the series. Due out on Halloween, this book is worth your $3.99.