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Wednesday, October 20, 2010
My 'Take' On: The Killer - Modus Vivendi - Issues 3 & 4
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Books - New


My 'Take' On:

The Killer - Modus Vivendi

Issues # 3 & 4 (of 6)

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Above Photo:  The Front Cover of Issue #4 of The Killer - Modus Vivendi!
At the Top Left: The Front Cover of Issue #3 of The Killer - Modus Vivendi!
At the Bottom Left: The Logo for Archaia Entertainment LLC. 



TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3261:

Continuing my little 'mini-series' this week of comics that were at the Archaia booth during the 2010 Comic Con International: San Diego are two issues, (out of six in the mini series) on 'The Killer - Modus Vivendi'. 

I've already posted a few blogs on some of the creators and the comics / graphic novels  that have been published by Archaia as seen here.

Today's post is on one series that I haven't blogged about yet.  That's because I hadn't read the first two issues in this series. It's always harder to review an issue or two of a series that has already started, and has a definite end in sight.  In this case, the 'End' would be the sixth and final issue of this mini-series.

However, like I've mentioned earlier this week, some series are worth blogging about, even if I hadn't read the start of them. That's why I'm going to mention this one today.

Here is what this series has as an opening blurb:

The Killer Returns

"It was my only chance to save my skin... play one side against the other, give myself away to no one, or else I was dead. In other words, I was alone... almost.  As usual.  Alone in my skin and bones, like everyone else.  Alone with my will to make it out alive."


Here is what Issue #3 is about:

In the third installment of 'Modus Vivendi' the Killer finds himself in Cuba, in reluctant pursuit of his next target. The Killer is not one to have his strings pulled however, especially by men he's never met fact to face.

In an effort to maintain his way of life, the Killer allies himself with a beautivul Cuban agent who aims to protect the man the Killer is tasked with killing.  The water's about to get even murkier.

(W) Matz  (A) Luc Jacamon (Cover) Luc Jacamon.

Retail Price $3.95 U.S.  Page Count 32 pages

Format: saddle bound, 6.875" x 10.25", full color.

Please Note:  Mature Readers!  (Series contians Nudity, Graphic Violence and Adult Content).

This is what Issue #4 is about:

The action heats up in part four of 'The Killer: Modus Vivendi'.  The fix is in.  The Killer is looking to end his dealings with the Americans and in a fashion far more considerate of human life than he is accustomed to.  It's a done deal. Money in the bank.

But the job isn't always done when it's done.  A violent attack and a chance encounter reveal something dangerous below the surface. A lurking monster.  A deadly killer. 

Note: Credits and other info same as for Issue 3.

So what is 'My Take' on these two issues in the six volume mini-series?


I've already mentioned how I don't like coming in to mini-series that have already started.  Kind of like watching a TV series that has already had a few episodes into the 1st Season, or one that already has had a complete first season.

However, I noticed that this series was being translated from another language into English. That intrigued me!

So I gave issue #3 a try to see if it would grab my attention...

Considering I was coming in on a continuing story, the splash page of #3 eased me into the storyline.  Good job by the writer / editor on easing in a new reader to series this way!

The panels were laid out so consistently that it was easy to read, and I didn't mind that I had missed what had happened so far. 

The art and colors blended well, and I found that the characters presented in this issue were ones that I could follow without knowing all the background on them.

I'm glad I had #4 on hand to read. 

The front cover is striking, and would get my attention at my LCBS's wall for new comics! The nudity is somewhat tastefully rendered, and the graphic violence does make the 'MR' rating mean what it says...

All too soon issue #4 also had those words..."to be continued".

I found that this would be a good mini-series to read, and I'm wondering about how soon at TPB compiling all six issues would be published... Personally I enjoy reading 'floppies', the single issues, but in this case giving this series as a gift to a friend who enjoys graphic novels entered my mind...

I'm suggesting that if you are into this genre of reading, that this series has a lot to give.  I'm kinda curious how the series ends, as the back cover of both issues state 'The Killer Returns'.  So possibly there was an earlier series??? 

Anyways...For Now...My comic book grade for these two issues in a six issue mini-series is a VERY FINE PLUS (VF+) 8.5 on a 10.0 comic book grading scale.

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My thanks to Archaia for bringing this series to my attention!

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Updated: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 6:32 AM PDT
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