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

  • Ona

    Every chapter just blows my mind and leaves me wondering what would come next.

    No doubt it's the best graphic novel that I have read this year. I'm so happy that I discovered this masterpiece and his author

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    I don't wanna give you too much story and content of it, so just go and read it. ENJOY!!!

  • 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!

  • Derek

    This series continues to be one of Image's finest. In a review of an earlier volume I compared Kill Or Be Killed to Crime and Punishment. I know such a comparison is, by its nature, dangerous but I still feel it's apt. Writer Ed Brubaker is chronicling the journey of a sociopath via a first-person account as he embraces the violence and chaos he once found quite troubling. Questions of right and wrong are barely considerations at this point.

    It dawned me as I read this volume that our protagonis

    This series continues to be one of Image's finest. In a review of an earlier volume I compared Kill Or Be Killed to Crime and Punishment. I know such a comparison is, by its nature, dangerous but I still feel it's apt. Writer Ed Brubaker is chronicling the journey of a sociopath via a first-person account as he embraces the violence and chaos he once found quite troubling. Questions of right and wrong are barely considerations at this point.

    It dawned me as I read this volume that our protagonist, Dylan, really isn't all that likable. His connections to the people around him have dimmed to the level of background noise as he plans out his malevolence. He's now a stone cold killer and he's ok with it. He targets criminals and that's all the justification he requires.

    That might make this sound like an irresponsible book but I don't believe it to be. Dylan doesn't have the charisma of some of the more "badass" characters out there. He's not an elite fighter and he doesn't have a handy one-liner for each of his kills. He's a relatively normal man who becomes proficient at killing and learns to like it. That said, Brubaker is enough of a moralist that he doesn't portray Dylan as someone to be envied or emulated. He's a largely unhappy , quietly angry guy who seems to have severe mental health issues he's not properly dealing with or even understanding. And therein lies the tragedy, I believe.

    Dylan will have to reap what he's sown. At this point in the story he doesn't seem to fully grasp all that he's risking but in time I believe he will. And when that time comes I believe it will be tragic for all involved.

    Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips are crafting something unique here in American comics. The star of their story isn't a hero or even an antihero. He's just a guy without a moral base and an aptitude for violence. He's got bigger mental health problems than he realizes but he's self-aware enough that he'll likely see the end coming but won't be able to do anything about it.

  • Rory Wilding

    At the start of this volume, we see our vigilante hero Dylan once again donning the red mask, shooting baddies in a decrepit apartment building, so not much has changed. Although

    has never broken any new ground from the very beginning in terms of being a gritty crime noir, of which Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips have tackled before on numerous titles, it does seem like the duo is trying to change things up at this point. As we know Dylan will return to his gun-toting persona, it

    At the start of this volume, we see our vigilante hero Dylan once again donning the red mask, shooting baddies in a decrepit apartment building, so not much has changed. Although

    has never broken any new ground from the very beginning in terms of being a gritty crime noir, of which Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips have tackled before on numerous titles, it does seem like the duo is trying to change things up at this point. As we know Dylan will return to his gun-toting persona, it’s the times when he’s not in the mask where things perk up.

  • Steven

    Dylan takes the Russian mob head on in this volume and he also learns more disturbing things about his past and the demon. Great art as usual from the Phillips and Breitweiser team. Overall I like the story. In this volume, though, Brubaker goes further afield with the meta-fictional aspects. At one point Dylan says I know I'm the worst narrator ever. And then he says, it can't all be action, can it? I suppose this is Brubaker's attempt to make all the meanderings and backstory investigations fe

    Dylan takes the Russian mob head on in this volume and he also learns more disturbing things about his past and the demon. Great art as usual from the Phillips and Breitweiser team. Overall I like the story. In this volume, though, Brubaker goes further afield with the meta-fictional aspects. At one point Dylan says I know I'm the worst narrator ever. And then he says, it can't all be action, can it? I suppose this is Brubaker's attempt to make all the meanderings and backstory investigations feel more directly part of the story because Dylan is acknowledging that he is telling a story and jumping around quite a bit. I'm not sold on this approach because Brubaker has accomplished similar meandering backstory jaunts so seamlessly in Criminal and Fade Out. Dylan's not exactly Tom Sawyer, although he does compare himself to Tristram Shandy.

  • Sierra

    liked this arch a little less, only because they showed the same 3/4 pages multiple times, and it felt like "just get to the point!". With that said, issue 15 came out the same day and was a great start to the next part of the story.

  • 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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