Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kill Shakespeare Comics

I recently read a comic series called "Kill Shakespeare". I would now like to give my opinion on this comic, I'll let you be the judge on whether you want to read it or not.
I enjoyed that it had all characters from the Shakespeare plays fit on one plain. I'm actually writing something about this, but it goes into more depth than the comic books does.
Adapting Shakespeare's work into a comic book series is an interesting move. I don't believe it's been done before, so I give it props on that.
Getting the idea straight from the movie "Kill Bill" for the title and story is also interesting. However, I would've chosen something else.
Now switching gears. I understand that the comics are "loosely" based on Shakespeare's works, but with what they've chosen to do with their story has made me think that they have successfully "Killed Shakespeare"!
 Here are some of the holes that I have found in the comics:
They mention that the main character, Hamlet, is part of a prophecy. It fails to explain who made the prophecy. You just have to assume that the prophecy has been there for years. Yeah, like that's gonna fly! I need details!

In the prophecy Hamlet is referred to as the "Shadow King". There is no mention of Hamlet being called that at all in his play. The only reference I could find was in "A Midsummer Night's Dream". Puck AKA Robin Goodfellow, was the one who said it, but he was referring to Oberon, the fairy king AKA the "King of Shadows"(I might even write something about that).
Going back to Puck, they made him into a shape-shifting fairy/monster hybrid. I mean really... c'mon? That's not what he is, if you read closely, in the actual play, you find out that "Puck" isn't even his name, it's Robin Goodfellow, and even his name has a double meaning(I mentioned earlier in my blog "What the Puck!").
They made Lady Macbeth into a villain. First off, the Macbeth's weren't necessary villains, the witches were more of the villains in the play. They gave them both a "push" with their prophecy to fulfill their tragic fate.
They made Hamlet into a whinny socially awkward guy, especially in front of women? That's not Hamlet! Not cool! Yes Hamlet can be a bit rough around the edges, but he is power driven to avenge his father's death!
They have people that praise William Shakespeare as their "god", because he created them, but you find that Shakespeare didn't even want to have tragedies to happen in his play. Really!?! That kinda defeats the purpose of his plays! That's not Shakespeare! He loved his work, and darn it! So do I! These followers are called "Prodigals". I don't know why, they just are. I'm wondering if it is some Bible reference that the followers have to "return" to Shakespeare, their father/creator?

There were a number of other problems, but these were the ones that have made me cringe the most!

So if you're afraid of reading Shakespeare plays, and want to read something fast paced that resembles his work, then go on ahead and read it.

But If you've read or seen the majority of his plays and have even studied it. I can promise you this. You "Will" not like it! See what I did there? ;)

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