Kill Shakespeare #2 - The Blast of War
(October 2011)

IDW, 2010 Series
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Volume
2
Price
19.99 USD
Pages
180
On-sale Date
2011-11-09
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
IDW Publishing
Brand
IDW
ISBN
978-1-61377-025-2 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9781613770252 51999
Editing
Tom Waltz (original series edits); Justin Eisinger (collection edits); Alonzo Simon (collection edits); Chris Mowry (design)

Issue Notes

Printed in Korea. Due to a printing error, one page in the first chapter appeared without word balloons. Publishers inserted a single loose sheet, one side of which bears the page as corrected, the other side of which bears an explanation.
Parts of this issue are reprinted:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Kagan McLeod (credited)
Inks
Kagan McLeod (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Feste

Chapter One (Table of Contents: 1)

Kill Shakespeare / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Conor McReery; Anthony Del Col
Pencils
Andy Belanger (credited)
Inks
Andy Belanger (credited)
Colors
Ian Herring (credited)
Letters
Chris Mowry (credited); Neil Uyetake (credited); Shawn Lee (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
What have you learned, dear Iago?
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Lady Macbeth; Iago; Feste; Lysander; Sir Toby Belch; Othello; Nerissa; Juliet; Sir John Falstaff
Synopsis
As Iago and Lady Macbeth plot covertly, Feste and the other players put on a play, including The Murder of Gonzago, which forces Hamlet to recognize the fact of his father's cruelty and rapacity. Each troubled by oppressive visions of their own past, Hamlet and Juliet each pledge themselves to the other.

Indexer Notes

One page was printed without lettering or word balloons.

Chapter Two (Table of Contents: 2)

Kill Shakespeare / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Anthony Del Col (credited); Conor McCreery
Pencils
Andy Belanger (credited)
Inks
Andy Belanger (credited)
Colors
Ian Herring (credited)
Letters
Chris Mowry (credited); Neil Uyetake (credited); Shawn Lee (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Sir!
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Hamlet; Othello; Juliet; Iago; prodigals; Sir John Falstaff; Philip the Bastard; Lady Macbeth; Richard III; Orsino; Romeo Montague
Synopsis
Even as Iago sows doubt in Othello, Hamlet begins to accept his role as the Shadow King. Juliet climbs to Hamlet's balcony, where the two pledge their love. Richard woos the Black Guard from their loyalty to Lady Macbeth, even as his own troops march on the prodigals. Hamlet, Falstaff, and Iago go in quest of Shakespeare, but are blocked by Orsino and Romeo.

Chapter Three (Table of Contents: 3)

Kill Shakespeare / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Anthony Del Col (credited); Conor McCreery
Pencils
Andy Belanger (credited)
Inks
Andy Belanger (credited)
Colors
Ian Herring (credited)
Letters
Chris Mowry (credited); Neil Uyetake (credited); Shawn Lee (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
So, you are the Shadow King?
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Hamlet; Romeo; Iago; Puck; Lady Macbeth; Sir John Falstaff; William Shakespeare
Synopsis
Hamlet goes alone into the wood called the Globe, barely reaching Shakespeare alive. It's a disappointing meeting, as drunken Shakespeare pours contempt on Hamlet, and refuses to help the prodigals. Meanwhile Iago falsely tells Lady Macbeth that Hamlet is dead. Beaten by Falstaff and Romeo, Iago sneers that Lady Macbeth's power will soon kill Hamlet and Shakespeare alike, using Hamlet's dagger.

Chapter Four (Table of Contents: 4)

Kill Shakespeare / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Anthony Del Col (credited); Conor McCreery
Pencils
Andy Belanger (credited)
Inks
Andy Belanger (credited)
Colors
Ian Herring (credited)
Letters
Chris Mowry (credited); Neil Uyetake (credited); Shawn Lee (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Lend me your swords, not your prayers.
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Hamlet; Shakespeare; Sir John Fallstaff; Romeo; Juliet; Othello; Iago; Lady Macbeth; Richard III; Demetrius; Lysander; three witches; prodigals
Synopsis
Dejected once Shakespeare rejects them, Hamlet and his party hasten to rejoin Juliet as her army faces Richard's. Richard orders Iago killed, and his army suffers heavy losses. But the power of the witches slowly turns the battle in Richard's favor, as Falstaff and Demetrius are slain.

Chapter Five (Table of Contents: 5)

Kill Shakespeare / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Anthony Del Col (credited); Conor McCreery
Pencils
Andy Belanger (credited)
Inks
Andy Belanger (credited)
Colors
Ian Herring (credited)
Letters
Chris Mowry (credited); Neil Uyetake (credited); Shawn Lee (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You mistake bravery for foolishness, Juliet.
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Hamlet; Shakespeare; Romeo; Juliet; Othello; Iago; Lady Macbeth; Richard III; Lysander; three witches; prodigals; fairies; Richard's soldiers
Synopsis
Convinced by Hamlet to join the fray, Shakespeare begs the prodigals to let him fight alongside them as a fellow soldier. The power of his quill breaks Richard's ranks, allowing Othello to lead a charge and push the enemy back. Three single combats evolve: Hamlet against Iago; Shakespeare against Richard; and Juliet against Lady Macbeth.

Chapter Six (Table of Contents: 6)

Kill Shakespeare / comic story / 34 pages (report information)

Script
Anthony Del Col (credited); Conor McCreery
Pencils
Andy Belanger (credited)
Inks
Andy Belanger (credited)
Colors
Ian Herring (credited)
Letters
Chris Mowry (credited); Neil Uyetake (credited); Shawn Lee (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Why is your cheek so pale, Shakespeare?
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Hamlet; Shakespeare; Romeo; Juliet; Othello; Iago; Lady Macbeth; Richard III; Lysander; three witches; Richard's soldiers; prodigals; Feste
Synopsis
Iago and Richard are slain, and Lady Macbeth escapes by fading into mist. Shakespeare sets forth to walk unnoticed among his people, as Juliet reaffirms her love for Hamlet. Amidst their sorrow for the dead, Shakespeare's people celebrate. Shakespeare's eyes, and Feste's sardonic smile, turn to the reader.

Here Never Shines the Sun (Table of Contents: 7)

Kill Shakespeare / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Tom Waltz (credited)
Pencils
Will Sliney (credited)
Inks
Will Sliney (credited)
Colors
Will Sliney (credited)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The sun stares down upon me.
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Tamora; Iago; three witches; Titus Andronicus; Lavinia; Alarbus; Hamlet
Synopsis
Abused by Titus, used by Iago, Tamora endures and exacts revenge.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
William Shakespeare
Pencils
Klaus Scherwinski (credited, signed)
Inks
Klaus Scherwinski (credited, signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?; typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!
Characters
Richard III

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Ian Herring (credited)
Inks
Ian Herring (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
William Shakespeare

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Allyssa Pirone
Inks
Allyssa Pirone
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Hamlet

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Kagan McLeod (credited)
Inks
Kagan McLeod (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Feste
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Kagan McLeod (credited)
Inks
Kagan McLeod (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Hamlet
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Kagan McLeod (credited)
Inks
Kagan McLeod (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Hamlet; William Shakespeare
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Although a caption lists this as a reprint of the cover to issue 9, in fact the figures of Hamler differ between this illustration and the cover as shown in the database.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Kagan McLeod (credited)
Inks
Kagan McLeod (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Hamlet; Juliet; Sir John Falstaff
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Kagan McLeod (credited)
Inks
Kagan McLeod (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Perkins
Inks
Alex Perkins
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Kagan McLeod (credited)
Inks
Kagan McLeod (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
William Shakespeare; Hamlet; Iago

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Andy Belanger (credited, signed)
Inks
Andy Belanger (credited, signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?; typeset

Characters
Hamlet; Iago; Lady Macbeth; Richard III; Romeo; Juliet; Othello; Sir John Falstaff
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19)

insert or dust jacket / 0 pages (report information)

Script
Anthony Del Col; ?; Conor McCreery
Pencils
Andy Belanger
Inks
Andy Belanger
Colors
?
Letters
?; typeset

Indexer Notes

One page in the first chapter was mistakenly left unlettered. This insert includes that page, properly lettered, along with an explanation.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. Chapter One
    Kill Shakespeare
  3. 2. Chapter Two
    Kill Shakespeare
  4. 3. Chapter Three
    Kill Shakespeare
  5. 4. Chapter Four
    Kill Shakespeare
  6. 5. Chapter Five
    Kill Shakespeare
  7. 6. Chapter Six
    Kill Shakespeare
  8. 7. Here Never Shines the Sun
    Kill Shakespeare
  9. 8. ["A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!"]
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
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