Killing Pickman

 KIL8   (Archaia, 2007)

ô and © Archaia Studios Press

When a little girl goes missing, homicide detective William Zhu takes the case and tracks her to the home of Richard Pickman, who seems to be a simple, nice old man. Upon further investigation, Zhu discovers Pickmanís secretónot only is he a kidnapper and killer of children but he is also, literally, a demon. Now, helping the survivors of Pickmanís perversions isnít enough: Zhu has to find a way to kill him and end his terror forever.

If Killing Pickman sounds like a creepy book, thatís because it is, and artist Jon Reaís style amplifies this tenfoldómuch of the book looks as though itís been drawn by scraping nails across a blackboard, and the effect this produces compliments Jason Beckerís twisted and surprising script thoroughly. Although thereís plenty of tales out there about sick old men and their twisted love of children, itís very rare that those old men have real ties to the realm of hellóoddly enough, the only other example that comes to mind is Kevin Smithís run on Green Arrow, and where that was mostly whimsical, bright action, this is about as dark and disturbing as comics come.

ó Eric Garneau

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#1

  8/1/2007
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 Jason BeckerJon Rea

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  11/1/2007
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 Jason BeckerJon Rea

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Double issue #3 & 4Jason BeckerJon Rea

Book #1 Hardcover

  10/1/2011
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 Jason BeckerJon Rea