Advance Review: ‘Killogy’ #3

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Delivering a misfit cast of unlikely anti-heroes, Killogy #3 continues rolls with the punches, never letting up on its dark humor and hyper-realistic artwork. With such eye-popping illustrations, this ultraviolent crime/horror thriller promises lots of comedy, drama, and grindhouse horror. This is one of the most original and unique comics you’ll ever lay your eyes on.

WRITTEN BY: Alan Robert
ART BY: Alan Robert
PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: February 20th, 2013

For the violent crimes they have committed, Sally Sno-Cones, Cole Edwards, and Summer Rhoades are incarcerated together inside a dingy jail cell. As the clock keeps ticking, none of them can tolerate being stuck in the same room. The three inmates can’t even plan how to escape because there is a growing horde of zombie cops waiting outside their cell. With no key in sight, the bars from the cell is the only thing separating the prisoners from the bloodthirsty zombies. There is a major reason why all three of them are trapped together in this jail cell. If they can figure out why, maybe they’ll survive the zombie apocalypse.

This is the issue I was waiting for, which answers a lot of questions to the overall mystery. In previous issues, readers were given a chance to see the back-stories of Sno-Cones and Edwards. In self-narrating flashbacks, we got to see the events that led to their eventual lock-up. Now, it’s Summer Rhoades’ turn to explain how she arrived there. With Brea Grant as the femme fatale, Summer is the most mysterious of the group because of her blood-soaked attire and secretive attitude. What’s interesting about Summer’s tale is how she turns out to be the only innocent person in the room full of hardcore criminals.

In the previous issues, Alan Robert’s plot was all about keeping these three strangers inside their jail cell. Because we’re in only one room, Robert is building the claustrophobic atmosphere. In this issue, we’re given a glimpse at just how bad it’s getting in the outside world. There is no nowhere to run to because the zombies are causing all kinds of havoc. To build tension and suspense, the readers know what’s really going on, but the characters vaguely have a clue about what’s happening outside.

I love the attention to detail in the close-ups. As Robert uses the likeness of his cast members, he is also giving them a worthy performance. The poses feel naturalistic and authentic, as if Robert traced over some video footage, frame by frame. With a resemblance of Frank Vincent, there is no doubt that Sally Sno-cones looks and talks like a tough guy.

Robert does something very creative with his panel layouts in a two-pager. Edwards (Marky Ramone) narrates what has happened throughout the storyline. Robert plants the numbers by the side of the illustration, to keep track of the order. It’s a great recap for readers who may have been confused by the nonlinear storytelling. It also gives a chance for new readers to come in and check out the issue.

“Killogy” #3 delivers a promising cliff-hanger, which will get readers excited for the gripping conclusion. The” Killogy” series is turning out to be plain bloody fun.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Jorge Solis