The Killer: Modus Vivendi 1 & 2
Written by Matz
Art and Covors by Luc Jacamon
Letters by Scott Newman
Release Date: May 05 & June 03, 2010
Price: $3.95 each
The Killer is a French book translated to English and published by Archaia. There are two previous volumes already collected in trade, which while not essential to understanding the new series, are must-reads. Matz and Luc Jacamon have created one of the best comics being published anywhere in the world. This holds true for both of the first two issues of the new series Modus Vivendi.
The basic premise of The Killer is fairly simple. You follow a hit-man and see what kind of person he is. You see his thoughts on life and the world. Not just that but with his perspective you delve into topics that normally define a person like religion, parenting, and love. It is both simple and complex at the same time. The killer gets paid to do a job and he does it. But the real story is why he does it and how he does it.
Matz captures the essence of his characters in every word he writes. It’s amazing how much development can happen in just a few pages of each issue. With the new issues, Matz is using a new device to characterize Killer, his new son. This is very interesting and I can’t wait to see how he continues to use the child’s upbringing to develop his father’s story as well. Using parenting and religion in these two issues completely blew me away.
Luc Jacamon continues to capture the feeling of the story with every panel. Every page completely and totally blows me away. Like the story, Jacamon’s art is also simple yet complex. The clean simple lines bring out such complexity in character and emotion. Not only that but the backgrounds really make me feel like I am there and the detail in them astonishes me. I can’t imagine how much work goes into each page. The coloring is the best coloring I have ever seen and does a great job of conveying setting and mood. I love the art in this book as you can obviously tell and want everyone to check it out because it is like no other book out there.
Overall this is one of my favorite series and both of the first two issues kept up the high level of expectation I have for this book. I entreat you all to go pick up these issues, or even better go back and grab the volume 1 trade. I promise you won’t regret it. This book is also great to hand to people who aren’t into comics, I know because I have done it and now they read comics.