Kill Or Be Killed #2

Writer: Ed Brubaker Artist: Sean Phillips Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: September 7, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 27
8.2Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

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The second chapter in Brubaker, Phillips and Breitweiser's new hit book!

Every killer has to have his first kill, and they're never easy.

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Wilson Sep 12, 2016

    Kill or be Killed might be Sean Phillips and Ed Brubaker's best work yet. Until now the top spot was taken by The Fade Out, but Kill or be Killed is unlike anything else from the duo that I'm dying to see what comes next. Yes, there are elements the two have used before but the addition of the supernatural is a much-needed departure. Sure, it's only on issue two, but I'm hooked and have been enthralled with the story. Issue two doesn't disappoint, both from art and story, and I highly suggest everyone go give this one a read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Nick Nafpliotis Sep 7, 2016

    Together, these three are putting together a book that is quickly becoming one of my favorite titles. If you don't have Kill or Be Killed on your pull list yet, then you have exactly one month to do so. After that, you're on your own. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The GCRN - Dan Clark Sep 14, 2016

    Kill or Be Killed #2 did not touch on the supernatural element this time around. I am still curious how that will play out with the story as whole. Overall issue two is an improvement on an already good first issue. Brubaker and Philllips are on another level with their ability to build story and craft a unique story. If you enjoyed any of their previous work this is already a must read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flickering Myth - Mark Allen Sep 15, 2016

    Brubaker & co. tread a fine line in this issue by making Dylan's descent into violence and murder by making his first act one of warped justice. The killing itself isn't overplayed or glamorised, but the build-up is agonising, especially considering that it happenstwice in the issue. What chills most about this series is how close to reality Dylan's actions are (other than doing the bidding of a terrifying shadow-demon to avoid being dragged to hell, of course). If an ordinary person were to decide to commit murder, this might well be the path they'd take. And, as our hero admits towards the end of the issue, it's as much a slippery slope as it would likely be for anyone; his confession of enjoying the act while feeling sick to his stomach chimes an unsettling note. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Sep 8, 2016

    With razor sharp scripting and moody and beautiful artwork, Kill or Be Killed continues to be a title to watch. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Matthew Strackbein Sep 8, 2016

    Theres an undeniably intimate connection between the reader and the page that makes Kill or be Killed as good as Criminal, The Fade Out or any of the other titles by Brubaker and Phillips. Dont miss the rest of this series and, if you dig it, make sure you grab trades of everything theyve done before. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Seth DeHaan Sep 18, 2016

    Kill or Be Killed #2 is a solid issue, though a little lacking in the story development department. Pick it up if you enjoyed the first, and hopefully the next issue will show more forward momentum. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller Sep 7, 2016

    Thankfully, this is only number two, so theres one more issue for me to enjoy this mindful indulgence of violence and depression. But if issue four is more of the same, Ill probably just be bored. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lizard Lounge - Neil Bason Sep 8, 2016

    Powerful and dark, but ultimately slightly ponderous to read sums up my take on issue #2 of Kill or be Killed. Perhaps the bar was set too high in the opening shot, or maybe this is a minor dip in what will prove to be one hell of a story. I can only hope it's the latter. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Aaron Reese Sep 22, 2016

    If Brubaker can make his characters transcend the well-worn archetypes they started as, this supernatural crime story could turn this series into something special. Read Full Review

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