Kill The Minotaur #1
Publisher: Image Comics © 2017
Creators, Writers: Chris Pasetto & Christian Cantamessa
Artist: Lukas Ketner
Colorist: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Letterer: Clem Robins
Assistant Editor: Arielle Basich
Editor: Sean Mackiewicz
Cover: Lukas Ketner & Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Athens lost the war to Crete. Now, they pay tribute to King Minos by sacrificing their best citizens to his unearthly labyrinth. The story starts out rather dark and tragic, it continues with this tone and especially ends on it as well. Our hero Theseus is an interesting one, being the self-entitled princely brat but he wants to stand up and do the right thing. You dislike him but find yourself at his side somewhat. In addition, I feel there is more to King Minos then what is going on here. Our creators here are crafting more than just some one-dimensional cardboard cut-out villain. We do not know for sure yet, King Minos has his motivations not just because evil. Pasetto offers decent dialogue as well. I feel as if no ancient Greeks would speak like this at all. There is a heavy use of explicit language as well. On the contrary though, this brings the story much down to earth for a more contemporary audience. Ancient writings, especially in your own language are not always the easiest thing to understand and read. I feel am reading a current story draped in ancient Greek rather than watching an old Hollywood gladiator film which tries to capture that vibe in a bottle but badly and in a hokey manner.
Lukas Ketner offers a unique art style with rather simplistic looking character outlines, designs but plenty of details to all the line work within their facial expressions, hair and wardrobe. The Labyrinth is packed full of line work, again nothing but detail goes into everything here under Ketner. Jean-Francois Bealuilieu our colorist uses a great use of red in emotional moments. I particularly like the use of the Athens in blue against a nice, blue backdrop of the daytime sky. Then you have King Minos’ man in red. Yes, it is simplistic but it works. Lastly, this comic can be quite violent and visceral in a few panels. This is a nice welcome to show this is not some nice, pretty Greek drama of platitudes.
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