Comic Review: Killadelphia #3 (Image Comics)

Issue three of Killadelphia, from Image, opens with a killer cover. Jason Shawn Alexander handles the regular cover, and Matteo Scalera the variant. The issue continues along the killing streets […]

Issue three of Killadelphia, from Image, opens with a killer cover. Jason Shawn Alexander handles the regular cover, and Matteo Scalera the variant.

The issue continues along the killing streets and sensibilities of Philadelphia, where Jimmy, a cop, has returned to bury his father, also a policeman. The father was killed by vampires. The son starts to investigate.

This title, written by Peabody and American Film Institute Award winner Rodney Barnes, has the right tone and tension for horror. Jason Shawn Alexander manages to render realistic people, realistic vampires, and realistic horror. Luis Nct is on colour, making all the nightmares, earth tones and unearthly moments count. The drawings are crisp, deep and wickedly expressive.

This issue delves further into the history of the Adams’ family connection to vampirism, starting wayyy back in the days of George Washington, and continuing on in ways warped and immortal.

Part three, Abaddon, has a spooky, affecting storyline. Its intensity, its confidence combine with stellar story visuals. Highly recommended.

Killadelphia #3, Image Comics, $3.99 for 29 pages of content. Mature horror

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!