KILL OR BE KILLED VOL. 3 (Image, First Printing, 2018; Softcover)
Collects Kill Or Be Killed #11-14 (cover dates August- November, 2017)
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Artist: Sean Phillips
Colorist: Elizabeth Breitweiser
It's difficult to talk about this series without spoilers, but I will try to keep them to a minimum. Dylan supposedly imagined the whole thing, with the demon being the result of him being off of his psychotropic meds. With this realization (or his perception of it?) he decides to stop killing “people who deserve it” cold turkey, and you know what? Nothing happens. No demon. He doesn't die all of a sudden. Life goes on.
Dylan takes this opportunity to reevaluate his life and work on things that are important to him. Things like his female friend/ love interest Kira. This is where his recent past catches up to him, when the Russian mobsters have traced him to her place of employment. This spurs Dylan back into action as the masked vigilante and brings us to the end where we see...
...Sorry folks, I try to avoid spoilers. Let's just say that Brubaker likes turning things on end over and over.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 5 out of 5.
The OCD zone- This is the part where I go into tactile sensations and materials used in physical media. Those with heart conditions, high blood pressure, or women who are pregnant should exit my blog at their earliest convenience, as their safety cannot be guaranteed beyond this point.
The covers are collected in the back of the book, a major pet peeve of mine. While there is a blank red page which serves as a chapter marker for each issue, I dislike it when the covers aren't placed before the issues. Your mileage may vary.
Paper stock: Matte coated stock with minimal sheen. This is some fantastic paper.
Binding: Perfect bound paperback.
Cardstock cover notes: Matte coating on the cardstock which is remarkably resistant to scuffing. Image makes quality books these days, and I'm not just referring to the content.