Kill or Be Killed Volume 01
“It’s so easy for the guys in those old vigilante movies to find their targets… they just walk around waiting to get mugged. Or they listen for screams and arrive just in time. In real life, it’s not like that.”
In the first episode of Storied Arcs Season 4, Mike and Alex take a peak inside the mind of a vigilante killer as they dive into Volume 1 (issues 1-4) of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillip’s modern crime noir classic, Kill Or Be Killed. They discuss what the book has to say about the state of the world and the systems that govern it and what that has to say about the nature of vigilantism and who is empowered to enact justice if those systems are inherently unjust. Oh, and something about a demon that may or may not be real. Who can say.
Like our previous seasons, we aren’t spoiling anything about the story beyond the trade collection we’re covering that week. This is particularly notable this season because Mike is reading through Kill Or Be Killed *for the first time* as we are recording so he has no other choice in the matter!