Kill or be Killed, Vol. 3

Kill or be Killed, Vol. 3

Brubaker and Phillips best-selling series ratchets up the tension and violence as Dylan escalates his assault on the Russian Mafia, putting his secret and the lives of his friends at risk. Both a thriller and a deconstruction of vigilantism, KILL OR BE KILLED is unlike anything this award-winning team has done before.Collecting: Kill or Be Killed 11-14...

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Title:Kill or be Killed, Vol. 3
Author:Ed Brubaker
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Kill or be Killed, Vol. 3 Reviews

  • David Schaafsma

    Wow wow wow! This series just keeps getting better! One of my very favorite comics series of the year, as it was last year, now volume three! I got this and sat down and read it in one sitting, without getting up once! I hardly breathed, it was so good. And that includes my rereading some of it just to see the careful plotting, all the interconnections, as one expects from the best of noir crime comics.

    As you may know or want to know, Dylan, a kind of loser-ish guy, who fell in love with his bes

    Wow wow wow! This series just keeps getting better! One of my very favorite comics series of the year, as it was last year, now volume three! I got this and sat down and read it in one sitting, without getting up once! I hardly breathed, it was so good. And that includes my rereading some of it just to see the careful plotting, all the interconnections, as one expects from the best of noir crime comics.

    As you may know or want to know, Dylan, a kind of loser-ish guy, who fell in love with his best friend, Kira, who was seeing his roommate, throws himself out of his window and falls on a car. Whereupon he turns to see a demon who makes him a deal: You don’t really want to die, so I’ll make sure you are alive month-by-month if you kill someone in each of those months. He’s a schlep, not handy with anything much less a gun, but he makes the deal, choosing child molesters and other people no one on the planet would regret losing. Which implicates us, as we—non-killers (speaking for myself, anyway)—agree it is “okay” on some level that he wastes a monster-a-month. So it’s life on the installment plan, per the demon.

    As things proceed, we see Dylan has been off his meds (mental illness kills people, guns don’t??!); wait, is this psycho-vigilantism or demonism?! And back to the ranch, what about Kira? He seems out of control, she sees he is off his meds, she breaks with him. She doesn’t know anything about the killing, so we as readers say good decision, Kira!

    But as this volume opens, she misses him, aw, she feels badly she dumped him, and wants to slowly get back together again. Dylan is taking his meds, he is seeing his psychiatrist, he is getting some of his school work done for his English major (at one point Dylan apologizes for his first person storytelling, says it is as bad as Tristram Shandy, which only an English major would know, sweet), all good. . . except he thinks about this demon “hallucination” (is it??!!) again. He knows his father (who committed suicide) did paintings of the demon, and then he finds his long-lost brother (who also committed suicide—wait, I see a pattern forming. . . .) seems to have been obsessed about some demon before he offed himself.

    “Oh, shit,” as Dylan himself says.

    Will the cute couple Dylan and Kira be able to find eternal happiness while Dylan continues his secret life killing Russian mobsters (hey, they run a prostitution ring, the scum, they deserve to die, we—implicated as murderers with him, fellow nerds in crime—surely think. We are left with an ice-in-your-veins cliffhanger image that made me say “wow!!!” (yes, aloud). Get this comic series now, read it online. You won’t “like” Dylan, as he says, he’s a loser, but on the other hand, he has what we don’t have in this terrible political age, he has this sense of terrible control over his life (he is getting rid of all the bad things that confront him in one shot, what a fantasy!!) (oh, but then there’s the mob), he has sweet Kira (or does he, if she doesn’t know him for what he is?).

    SO GOOD!!!!

  • James DeSantis

    Brubaker, please keep making these as fast as possible, and Sean, please keep drawing them at the same speed, because this series is the one comic I'm always looking forward to when I see a release date.

    So Dylan decides it's time to drop the killing. He's ready to be happy, live his life with his new girlfriend, and try to leave it all behind. What happens when a Russian Mafia member begins sniffing around and nearly finds Dylan and so he must kill again. This time though he decides no more was

    Brubaker, please keep making these as fast as possible, and Sean, please keep drawing them at the same speed, because this series is the one comic I'm always looking forward to when I see a release date.

    So Dylan decides it's time to drop the killing. He's ready to be happy, live his life with his new girlfriend, and try to leave it all behind. What happens when a Russian Mafia member begins sniffing around and nearly finds Dylan and so he must kill again. This time though he decides no more wasting time. He's going right to the Mafia themselves, the boss, and it's his turn to take the war to them!

    Good: The visuals are once again second to none. It's gritty, dark, and well drawn. Dylan remains one of the most entertaining main characters I've ever read. The fight between the mafia and Dylan is insane and off the charts action packed. The ending leaves you going "Oh fucking shit" and just like volume 1 and 2 I want more.

    Bad: It ends...

    Overall Kill or Be Killed Volume 3 is top notch just like volume 1 and 2. Will this series ever fail? Probably not. That's good news for all us readers. A 5 out of 5.

  • Richard

    For the past two volumes, we've understood that Dylan's vigilantism is a result of his manipulation by an apparent demon looking for him to do it's bidding. But here, the idea starts to firm up that there might be more to it than that. As Dylan begins killing not because of fear of the demon but in an effort to escape the Russian mob, and getting very good at it, we get the sense that it might not be the work of the supernatural at all, but that it might just be a something that's been dormant i

    For the past two volumes, we've understood that Dylan's vigilantism is a result of his manipulation by an apparent demon looking for him to do it's bidding. But here, the idea starts to firm up that there might be more to it than that. As Dylan begins killing not because of fear of the demon but in an effort to escape the Russian mob, and getting very good at it, we get the sense that it might not be the work of the supernatural at all, but that it might just be a something that's been dormant in him forever. He might just be born to do this. As usual, Brubaker and Phillips rock on with this story, a perfect series for people looking for a book that takes the usual vigilante trope and flips it sideways.

  • Artemy

    Kill or Be Killed keeps being a perfectly written action-thriller. The story moves at a breakneck pace, and Brubaker finally fulfils the promise he made in issue #1 of the series, where we saw Dylan, the main character of the book, shoot up a brothel full of russian mobsters in a brilliant flash-forward scene. Now we know why he did it, and I really liked all the details that led up to this point in the story. To be honest though, I am getting a bit too disturbed by Dylan and his moral choices.

    Kill or Be Killed keeps being a perfectly written action-thriller. The story moves at a breakneck pace, and Brubaker finally fulfils the promise he made in issue #1 of the series, where we saw Dylan, the main character of the book, shoot up a brothel full of russian mobsters in a brilliant flash-forward scene. Now we know why he did it, and I really liked all the details that led up to this point in the story. To be honest though, I am getting a bit too disturbed by Dylan and his moral choices. That's just me and my state of mind in the past couple of months. It's not a jab at Ed Brubaker for the way he's writing the book, but that little thing didn't let me fully enjoy this volume and give it the five stars it objectively deserves. Otherwise, the comic is flawless as usual — Brubaker writes a real page-turner of a story, and Sean Phillips with Elizabeth Breitweiser once again do their magic to make it look absolutely gorgeous. I'm looking forward to the next volume, where we supposedly will delve deeper into the crazy/supernatural part of the story to find out if the demon Dylan was seeing was actually real. To those who haven't yet checked out Kill or Be Killed, do yourself a favour!

  • Sam Quixote

    He may be trying to leave his murderous past as a masked vigilante behind him but the god-dang Russian Mob won’t stop hunting Dylan. To protect his loved ones, Dylan must… Kill or Be Killed!

    Kill or Be Killed, Volume 3 is a thoroughly entertaining closer to the first act of this increasingly compelling series. Ed Brubaker finally delivers on the explosive opening scene from way back in the first issue of this series - where Dylan is stalking through a building with a shotgun shooting everyone le

    He may be trying to leave his murderous past as a masked vigilante behind him but the god-dang Russian Mob won’t stop hunting Dylan. To protect his loved ones, Dylan must… Kill or Be Killed!

    Kill or Be Killed, Volume 3 is a thoroughly entertaining closer to the first act of this increasingly compelling series. Ed Brubaker finally delivers on the explosive opening scene from way back in the first issue of this series - where Dylan is stalking through a building with a shotgun shooting everyone left and right - explaining the context and meaning behind it. It’s definitely worth it - Dylan vs the Russian Mob is the fixture I’ve been waiting to see and it’s the highlight of this title so far!

    Though readers following along at this point know whether the Demon Dylan keeps seeing, who’s making him kill (or be killed), is real or not, Brubaker throws another curveball in the form of a revelation from Dylan’s dear old ma, to add a new dimension to that aspect of the story. It’s a bit soap-opera-y in its suddenness though Dylan’s reaction hints that there’s more behind it - tantalising stuff!

    I liked Dylan’s continued character development too, particularly the scene where he stands up to his roommate Mason. And I really enjoyed his clever and twisty three-point plan for taking down the Mob, which reminded me of Frank Miller’s excellent A Dame To Kill For in both style and execution.

    Yeah, you can roll your eyes at the believability of a relatively combat-inexperienced milquetoast grad student single-handedly causing so much trouble for the Russian Mob - who is this guy, Frank Castle?! - but, hey, it’s more fun this way, y’know? I only really disliked a couple parts of the book. I’m not crazy about the romance subplot between Dylan and Kira, though I understand why it’s included (cliched motivation - le sigh), and Dylan can be a birruva annoying narrator with his rambling style.

    Sean Phillips’ artwork is stunning as always, complemented beautifully by Elizabeth Breitweiser’s astoundingly on-point and eye-catching colouring. I especially enjoyed Dylan’s dead father’s pulpy painted art (and not just for the racy content!) and the Demon design remains impressively unnerving - watch out for that last page!

    Brubaker and Phillips bring the first arc of Kill or Be Killed to a thrilling and satisfying end with this exciting third volume, the best book in the series yet - fans will definitely be pleased with this one. Bring on Act Two!

  • HFK

    continues the story of Dylan who is shifting his social justice warrior acts to more personal and individually benefiting acts to protect himself and the woman in his life. This is a good thing as it shows the ability to develop one's character - from a whimpy and troubled soul to a man who has more self-worth and strength to defend and fix the mistakes of his past violent encounters.

    The narrative of this story is repeating, and obviously that by purpose, and slowly moving towa

    continues the story of Dylan who is shifting his social justice warrior acts to more personal and individually benefiting acts to protect himself and the woman in his life. This is a good thing as it shows the ability to develop one's character - from a whimpy and troubled soul to a man who has more self-worth and strength to defend and fix the mistakes of his past violent encounters.

    The narrative of this story is repeating, and obviously that by purpose, and slowly moving towards something that seems to go back and forth between mental illness and supernatural. I sense a lot of possibilities in how this story will eventually unfold itself. Seeekrets. Heritage.

    I admire Brukaber's ability to communicate with his readers through dialogue. It is a little bit of teasing, it is a little bit of pointing out the similarity of most readers whining points, but it is also a talent to look at your own work and know why you, as an artist, need to do a story the way you do.

    As has been with the previous volumes of

    , the volume three does show this team's political fondling that is not at all surprising. If I could, I would just claim this to be a volume of the current issues and opinions wrapped inside an entertaining story.

  • Jan Philipzig

    Brubaker and Phillips continue their merciless in-depth examination of the good ol' vigilante concept, and the result is an increasingly twisted little page-turner of a comic book that walks the line between idealism and madness to more and more absorbing effect. Can't wait until my library gets the next volume!

  • Kemper

    Has a college student become a masked vigilante killer because he’s been cursed by a demon or because he’s mentally ill? Maybe a little Column A and a little Column B?

    The third volume finds Dylan coping with revelations indicating that the whole demon thing might be all in his head which leads to him trying to put down the shotgun and try to get back to some kind of normal life. Which actually kinda works for a while, but it’s hard to just quit being a vigilante when you’ve got the Russian mob l

    Has a college student become a masked vigilante killer because he’s been cursed by a demon or because he’s mentally ill? Maybe a little Column A and a little Column B?

    The third volume finds Dylan coping with revelations indicating that the whole demon thing might be all in his head which leads to him trying to put down the shotgun and try to get back to some kind of normal life. Which actually kinda works for a while, but it’s hard to just quit being a vigilante when you’ve got the Russian mob looking for you.

    The team of Brubaker and Phillips is probably the best working in comics right now, and as always the writing and art combine to create a great story. I continue to admire how this takes the air out of the fantasy of a good-guy-with-a-gun cleaning up the streets. It’s all brutal and messy and ugly, and they manage to make Dylan sympathetic while still also seeming like a danger to himself and everyone around him. There’s a gritty realism to the way that it’s all handled that is very different then what you usually get in a story of this type.

    I absolutely loved this, and I’m extremely glad I’ve got Vol. 4 on deck right now to keep reading.

  • Donovan

    Three volumes in, Dylan is now stuck in a perpetuating loop of recovery and delusion, between normality and murder, making for a misstep in character development. The story knowingly repeats itself, and can’t decide whether it’s a supernatural or psychological thriller, keeping the reader in an imagined and somehow faltered suspense. More disappointing is the futility of Dylan’s new mission, once killing villains to please a demon, now hilariously taking down a crime organization just because he

    Three volumes in, Dylan is now stuck in a perpetuating loop of recovery and delusion, between normality and murder, making for a misstep in character development. The story knowingly repeats itself, and can’t decide whether it’s a supernatural or psychological thriller, keeping the reader in an imagined and somehow faltered suspense. More disappointing is the futility of Dylan’s new mission, once killing villains to please a demon, now hilariously taking down a crime organization just because he’s crazy enough to. And this ends with a “gotcha” for an attempted recovery. I don’t think it worked.

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