Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Kill Or Be Killed #8 Out Now -- and Looking Ahead to Later Issues.

The next issue of Kill Or Be Killed by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Elizabeth Breitweiser is out today:  yesterday afternoon, Image Comics posted a five-page preview of issue #8 on the official site, and Ed Brubaker sent out an email newsletter providing the same preview and MUCH more.

Everyone who visits this blog really should subscribe to Brubaker's newsletter, and you can do so by visiting -- and if you browse the online archives of the three emails sent over the last two months, you'll see a lot of in-progress work for this upcoming issue.

Between the newsletter, social media, and recent solicitations, we have even more info about this new issue as well as upcoming releases.

For issue #8, out today, the bonus essay is evidently on the 1958 film Murder by Contract, with the essay written by Kim Morgan and the accompanying illustration by Sean Phillips.

For issue #9, out in May, Brubaker just announced that Sean Phillips' son Jacob Phillips illustrated the bonus essay, also penned by Kim Morgan, this time on the 1976 film Mikey and Nicky.

(Issue #10 has already been solicited for a June release, and it's probably too soon to expect any interior-art previews or other details.)

We anticipated July to be a "skip month" without any releases, but Image proved us wrong with their July solicitations, released last week.  Kill Or Be Killed Volume 2 is scheduled for a July 26 release; the 160-page trade paperback edition collects issues #5-10, and it reuses the cover art from issue #5.  Retailing for $14.99, the book will be significantly less than the total cost for the individual issues, discounted nearly 40%.

Finally, issue #11 hasn't even been solicited yet, but yesterday Brubaker gave his newsletter subscribers an advance look at the completed cover art, which we had seen earlier as in-progress details on Sean Phillips' Twitter and Instagram feeds -- see here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Kill Or Be Killed #11 cover,
  From the Desk of Ed Brubaker

From Phillips' tags, we learn that the work was painted with acrylics, and from Brubaker's newsletter, we learn that this is the first of several connecting covers (similar to these), as all the covers for the upcoming third arc will combine to form "one long cover image of escalating violence."

Ed Brubaker also confirms our earlier guess that issue #11 will come in August.

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