I never read comics as a kid, aside from the occasional Betty & Veronica Double Digest. The world of graphic novels and illustrated serials only opened to me a few years ago, around the time I bonded with a particular group of friends. Neil Gaiman’s Sandman was my first, and in the four years since, my love of mythology- and literature-based comics has grown to include The Unwritten, Fables, Locke & Key, and more. Despite growing popularity, a lot of people are surprised to discover there’s more to comics than superheroes – though there’s nothing wrong with the classics.
In IDW’s Kill Shakespeare graphic novel, several of the Bard’s heroes are recast as rebels fighting familiar villains Richard III, Iago, and Lady Macbeth, while both sides search for the mysterious and god-like wizard Shakespeare. Though the series provokes a number of questions, one thing I really wanted to know was: ‘Why does Juliet get to be in charge of the rebellion?’
So when I found the creators of the Canadian comic on Twitter (@killshakespeare), I decided to ask. Writers Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery were nice enough to answer that and a few other questions I thought up for them about their comic with a literary slant.
As I approach my 3rd consecutive Comic-Con, I still consider myself a neophyte to the world of graphic novels, but I’ve discovered that some of the best storytelling in science fiction, fantasy, and thriller is being told in comic form. Here are my top picks: