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"Killers' Tale" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by MakatsuQ


Written and illustrated by Capricorn
2020, 218 Pages
Graphic novel released on February 18th, 2020


What if there was a secret organization helping the world's most prolific serial killers? That's the background for Killers' Tale, a series that follows an unlikely pair of hunters as they track down serial killers from the real world like the BTK Strangler Dennis Rader and John Wayne Gacy. One is an immortal young woman named Mary Jane Kelly and the other is known as the Sleep Walk Killer.

There's definitely an interesting hook to Killers' Tale, especially since it pulls from the real world for some of its key players. It provides a different perspective for these killers and what could have connected them all. The true intentions of this shadow organization are a mystery, however it's clear that its reach is vast and it has a tremendous amount of power.

I didn't realize that even Mary Jane is pulled from real life, as she's believed to be the last victim of Jack the Ripper. It's clear that Killers' Tale is steeped in true crime. The links between all these players are slowly revealed over the course of these chapters, creating a frightening web of terror and bloodshed.

Oh, and there's quite a lot of bloodshed. Creator Capricorn pulls no punches on the gore front, although it's a controlled burst. There's a steady build to the first time violence really breaks out, however it's like a force that could spring up at any moment.

Although some characters like Mary Jane and the Sleep Walk Killer are often shown as melancholy, there's a tremendous amount of emotion at play. You can feel the rage churning just beneath the surface of Mary Jane as she ruthlessly continues her hunt. On the opposite end of the spectrum, some of the victims in Killers' Tale are understandably frantic as they see their own bodies torn apart.

While the premise for Killers' Tale is interesting, there's not a lot to grab onto from a character perspective. If you're interested in true crime and have the knowledge of some of these serial killers, you'll probably get more out of this. I didn't know the details of some of these real-life murderers, so I think some of that was lost on me. Mary Jane's tale has some promise, but takes quite a while to get going.

I'm most intrigued by the mysterious Hands of Death and what part they played in all this carnage. That's a disturbing idea that has a lot of potential. Killers' Tale is an unsettling read that showcases all the horrible things noted serial killers did over their careers, but never shows them as sympathetic or even human. These are monsters of a different sort, appearing human yet they're anything but.


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Art: fourstars
Overall: 3 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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