Kill the Minotaur 6 (November 2017)

Kill the Minotaur #6

Kill the Minotaur does not finish well. It finishes with a Predator “homage,” a lengthy, rushed fight sequence, and a twist at the finale.

The worst part about the issue is how long writers Pasetto and Cantamessa take. Most of the issue is just Theseus and Ariadne fighting the creature. Artist Ketner loses track of them, which is the first time in the series Ketner’s art didn’t save the day. The script’s just too erratic for art to help it.

It’s a bad finish for the series, which didn’t need anything outrageous to end well enough. Ketner had been keeping the series afloat until this point. All they needed to do was make it to the finish. And they don’t. Pasetto and Cantamessa flop big time.

CREDITS

Writers, Chris Pasetto and Christian Cantamessa; artist, Lukas Ketner; colorist, Jean-Francois Beaulieu; letterer, Clem Robins; editors, Arielle Basich and Sean Mankiewicz; publisher, Image Comics.

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Kill the Minotaur 5 (October 2017)

Kill the Minotaur #5

Kill the Minotaur has run out of narrative momentum. Writers Pasetto and Cantamessa throw in at least three surprise reveals for the Athenians stuck in the Labyrinth and a few more for those outside it. The reveals spin up interest for a panel or two, page at most, before they become inert. The momentum is gone, at least for the story.

Ketner’s art is a different situation. Without the narrative doing anything, the book falls on Ketner and he delivers. Not when they try panel juxtaposition. There’s a few pages of it and it’s a complete flop. But everything else. The action, the energy, the expressions; Ketner makes it work. He doesn’t even make it look like he’s dragging Minotaur towards the finish line.

But he is the only one getting it there. Hopefully he make it all the way. One more issue.

CREDITS

Writers, Chris Pasetto and Christian Cantamessa; artist, Lukas Ketner; colorist, Jean-Francois Beaulieu; letterer, Clem Robins; editors, Arielle Basich and Sean Mankiewicz; publisher, Image Comics.

Kill the Minotaur 4 (September 2017)

Kill the Minotaur #4

Writers Pasetto and Cantamessa have a lot of words this issue. Lots of exposition, lots of talking back and forth, blah, blah, blah. It’s not a talking issue, it’s an action issue. It’s a leading up to action issue. It’s pages and pages of good Ketner art before they get to the fight with the minotaur and then Ketner really gets to unleash. Kill the Minotaur has a decent enough script, but it’s Ketner’s fluid, energetic characters who keep it going.

And the monster’s just the right amount of implied and seen horror.

CREDITS

Writers, Chris Pasetto and Christian Cantamessa; artist, Lukas Ketner; colorist, Jean-Francois Beaulieu; letterer, Clem Robins; editors, Arielle Basich and Sean Mankiewicz; publisher, Image Comics.

Kill the Minotaur 3 (August 2017)

Kill the Minotaur #3

The beginning of the issue is labyrinth intrigue. The minotaur is hunting assorted cast of victims. Ketner’s art is awesome, his pacing is fine, it’s the writing failing to click; art’s awesome. But Paseto and Cantamessa really can’t make the writing compelling. The characters are too thin and unlikable. Oddly, when there’s more exposition in the second half, the writing is fine. The ending’s obvious, but once they’re questing and not actioning? Kill the Minotaur compells. Ketner’s art, the setting. It works.

CREDITS

Writers, Chris Pasetto and Christian Cantamessa; artist, Lukas Ketner; colorist, Jean-Francois Beaulieu; letterer, Clem Robins; editors, Arielle Basich and Sean Mankiewicz; publisher, Image Comics.

Kill the Minotaur 2 (July 2017)

Kill the Minotaur #2

With most of the action taking place in the Labyrinth, this issue of Kill the Minotaur takes a more supernatural, more horrifying turn. Writers Pasetto and Cantamessa play it for slasher suspense, teasing out ideas, hinting at eventual imagery, then going for twists in the revelations. They’re winnowing down the supporting cast while establishing some backstory. The issue moves well–it’s all action, save the prologue–full of tension. Great art from Ketner. It’s hard to know where Minotaur will go next, but if this second issue’s any indication, it’ll be somewhere unexpected and good.

CREDITS

Writers, Chris Pasetto and Christian Cantamessa; artist, Lukas Ketner; colorist, Jean-Francois Beaulieu; letterer, Clem Robins; editors, Arielle Basich and Sean Mankiewicz; publisher, Image Comics.

Kill the Minotaur 1 (June 2017)

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The funny thing about Kill the Minotaur is how it’s pretty funny. It’s serious, about serious things–writers Chris Pasetto and Christian Cantamessa are retelling the Greek Minotaur legend with some actual history involved, but they still manage to make it funny. It’s about a young prince in a weird situation, he’s going to be angsty, but still stupid enough to be funny. So even though there’s danger and awfulness going on, it’s always an engaging read.

Artist Lukas Ketner works a lot on his expressions. Expressive eyes, looking around, thinking; it’s awesome. He’s also great at the Greek setting and costumes.

Kill the Minotaur is off to an excellent start.

CREDITS

Writers, Chris Pasetto and Christian Cantamessa; artist, Lukas Ketner; colorist, Jean-Francois Beaulieu; letterer, Clem Robins; editors, Arielle Basich and Sean Mankiewicz; publisher, Image Comics.

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