The Kill Screen is a brand new self-published creator owned series from writer Mike Garley with art by Josh Sherwell and letters by Mike Stock. To say the concept of this series is a mouthwatering prospect would be an understatement. Just have a read of this brief synopsis from the fellas themselves –
Humanity has reached it’s kill screen. Now only the strongest will survive as computer errors transcend from the digital world into our own, destroying everything in their way. Set two years after ‘The kill Screen’ event, humanity is left on the brink of extinction, leaving the survivors caught in a deadly 8-bit fight for survival.
If your interest isn’t piqued after reading that then i suggest you lay off the sedatives. As for the book itself, the first issue (subtitled ‘I Love You) does an excellent job of establishing this universe and just how deadly this 8-bit infection is. Opening with what seems at first hand a run of the mill relationship break-up involving our central protagonist Jill, it ends rather brutally as artist Josh Sherwell delivers a wonderfully creative depiction of how this computer virus infects the organic world. Seeing a blood spatter erupt in pixalated 8-bit form from a seemingly normal human being rams home that all is not what it seems in this world.
Jumping ahead a couple of years from that harrowing event we witness a world now ravaged by The Kill Screen, as Jill crosses paths with a stranger (Chris) and the two are forced to defend themselves from others infected with the 8-bit virus. Anyone who is a gamer (particularly online) will immediately recognise the clever dialogue from writer Mike Garley as the tenets of multi-player first person shooters cross-pollinate into this real world fight for survival. There’s also a genius page in which artist Josh Sherwell incorporates a Tetris effect for his panels, that serves to brilliantly heighten the tension.
With this first issue The Kill Screen is a promising new series that is putting a fresh spin on the ‘post-apocalyptic survival’ tale. With perhaps a subtle commentary on society’s reliance on technology and ever increasing need to be ‘connected’ (without due consideration for the consequences) The Kill Screen is a deliciously inventive concept and i can’t wait to see where it takes us. So why don’t you grab your own copy and get in on the ground floor.