Review: Killogy #4

Killogy finishes this week and I really wanted to like this series, but ultimately the story just never went anywhere. Sure it had a “fuck you ending” that you’ll never see coming, but I still feel as if I read the same issue over and over to a certain degree.

After three, “How did you get here” issues, the trio is finally ready to roll the dice on getting out of the jail cell. They’ve processed how their lives are connected and one another’s individual role in unleashing the voodoo curse that has brought the dead back to life and started a zombie apocalypse. I’m going to keep it short. Other characters we’ve been introduced to crash through the jail wall conveniently, while the trio inside grab a cop’s gun and begin shooting. Even head shots aren’t keeping the dead down though. Through a series of lucky/convenient breaks, they escape and get the cursed ring all in one fail swoop. Do not pass go, do not collect $200 dollars, just proceed to the ending.

It’s not that the characters are bad, but they all had over the top personalities that really conflicted with one another. It was forgivable in the first issue, but became very apparent in the second issue and it never changed after that. This issue really felt like an ending was needed and so it rushed the characters though unbelievable odds to that desired ending, but still managed to spend a ton of time hanging out in the jail cell. I get that Alan wanted to force the story into those four (three and half) walls, but it didn’t work and wasn’t interesting enough to sustain the entire story.

The dialog wasn’t bad and the characters were believable, but they didn’t belong together at all. It was an interesting experiment for sure, but in the end it was nothing more than that. The story was flat and the conveniences of the plot were predictable and transparent after the first issue.

The art still looked good, but I think that it might have actually hurt the story. Seeing so many cops standing out side of the cell, it becomes overwhelming when you consider their chances of survival. Otherwise the detail and the consistency of the characters were great.  The blood on their clothes remained on their clothes and didn’t disappear from issue to issue.

If like me you read the first three issues then you may as well finish it, but don’t expect anything too spectacular as nothing has really changed. Even though the ending was left with a bit of a question mark, I still don’t see this continuing past this point. There’s nothing that would draw me back and while I respect the experiment and chances it took, I don’t think I would gamble on it again.

Score: 3/5

Writer/Artist/Creator: Alan Robert

Publisher: IDW Publishing

Price: $3.99

Release Date: 4/24/13