By Nolan P. Smith
(Victor Valley)– If you are looking for a great looking book with a lot of personality, I highly recommend checking out IDW’s The Kill Lock.
By Livio Ramondelli with letters by Tom B Long, this book surprised me. It seemed interesting from the solicits, the artwork on the cover looked great, but it didn’t prepare me for what I read. Four robot/droids have been marooned to a lost planet to live out their lives as a death sentence with one caveat: all four are tied to a Kill Lock- so if one dies, they all die. The group is composed of an Artisan droid with too much personality and a track record of deaths to back it up, a young droid who doesn’t remember why he’s there, a massive brute droid with a drinking problem, and a Wraith with a secret to why he has been exiled. The four go on a search for a way to bypass the kill lock, something that hasn’t been done before.
The artwork here is nothing short of amazing. I am in awe of the interior pages, the character designs, the panel layouts- everything. Visually it is incredible. The story is outstanding, too. The dialogue gives an excellent R rating to this band of misfit droids. But it also feels very natural.
I am blown away by The Kill Lock. Ramondelli has created something extraordinary here. It feels like what Transformers should have evolved into by now- a rough, dangerous droid adventure that feels more human than you could imagine. Scoop up this first issue and get ready for a wild ride.