This is a series that I’ve been recommending to my friends.
I really like The Killer for a few reasons; first and foremost among those reasons is that this series has a strong resemblance to a really good action thriller movie. The main character in the story is a professional assassin who is hired to take on the jobs that few other men can do.
That sounds like a standard movie plot, I know, but the complexity of the character and the realism of the plot complications make the stories more unique and intriguing than usual. Though he seems like a stone-faced killer on the surface, the protagonist has an interesting tender side to him and has a surprising amount of depth. The events that he gets involved in also have surprising complications that seem realistic and never quite turn out in the way that you would expect them to.
That all amounts to really smart and interesting writing. Add to that the wonderful artwork and you have a real winner. I love how this series takes you to places you’ve never imagined going, and how it brings those settings to life. In the current issue readers are taken from Caracas to Montreal, and both cities seem vividly alive, with their own unique senses of style.
The contrast between Caracas and Montreal in this issue is really striking. Venezuela is a country of bold colors and bright sunlight, where people seem to be vividly alive. Canada, on the other hand, looks cold and bleak, a country where people are continually hiding behind their fear.
The protagonist of this story certainly feels that way. He treats his work in Venezuela as vitally important while he treats his work in Canada as casual and oddly insignificant. Readers see the difference between doing a job that you care about and doing a job that just pays the bills.
That contrast is important in this transitional issue of The Killer, because it helps to firm up the man’s plans for how he will help his beloved Venezuela help its friend Cuba to drill for oil and upset the power balance in the Americas.
The killer is all about pursuing the long game, of using his brains and his guns to help further his geopolitical goals. Surprisingly, the assassin has begun to have a little bit of political leverage, and the next volume of The Killer will see him exercise that leverage.
This issue has a lot to offer for long-term fans, as plans are firmed up, power begins to shift, and we learn a lot more about the killer’s philosophical side. There’s a huge amount of character-building happening in this comic, and while that’s a real gift for those readers who have been with the series for a long time, it would also be a bit dull for readers new to this book.
But I’m sure the upcoming fourth volume of The Killer will have a lot to offer readers new and old. This series is a fascinating journey.