Kill or Be Killed Volume 2

Kill or Be Killed Volume 02

Storied Arcs podcast logo overlayed on cover art from Kill or Be Killed Volume 2 by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips

“I don’t believe in fate, but you can’t deny that things in life sometimes fall together like there actually is some big cosmic plan at work. Which would suck for about 95 percent of us, right?”

In Volume 2 (issues 5-10), Brubaker and Phillips begin to expand the world of Kill Or Be Killed and Mike and Alex are here to break it all down in this episode. They revisit the idea of fate and destiny vs. self determinism (something of a semi-recurring theme in the books they’ve been covering) and explore how it factors into the motivations and justifications for a vigilante killer. They look at the real-world parallels that are referenced in this volume and also discuss how the broadening of the story beyond the viewpoint of its narrator effects our understanding of how reliable what we’re being told and shown really is.

As previously stated, we won’t be spoiling anything about the story beyond the trade collection we’re coving that week because we want to preserve the experience for those those reading through the comic for the first time, just like Mike!

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