Published on April 15th, 2015 | by JCDoyle


Run Love Kill #1 Review

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I don’t like to start on a negative note but as it relates to the cover it seems the best place to start because that’s where the reader starts (skip to the bottom to see what I’m talking about. I’ll wait here and muse on this better image while I wait).

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There are always discussions about whether or not covers should represent the interior narrative but the cover for issue one of RunLoveKill gives you the completely wrong impression of what you are about to read. The flat grey, computer constructed figure looks more like a model for a Tod McFarlane figure than an enticement for a new sci-fi comic. I’m not saying that the illustration is bad in any way, just that it doesn’t jump off the shelf and grab you in a way that covers need to in today’s market place. First impressions do count and the unfortunate truth is people still judge a book by its cover when it comes to picking up new reads.

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And the fact that the cover may put people off is a crime because between the covers there is an exceptional and surprisingly engaging story. It has the look and feel of late 1990’s sci-fi films such as Strange Days or the seminal German ‘alternate universes’ movie Run Lola Run.

The story is fairly simple to start with but there are depths waiting to be explored. Set in the future, Rain is looking to leave the city before the completion of the Wall. She has a dreaded feeling that everything is going to change for the worse so she decides to get out before it’s too late. Unfortunately an act of kindness sets in motion a series of events which block her exit.

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RunLoveKill is a comic about consequences and that first ill-conceived but well-meaning act starts the unravelling of Rain’s plans but there is something else going on beneath it all. A flashback/flashforward sequence contrasts scenes of Rain playing a cello and running from armoured police officials, all of which is over layered with the rhythmic tick tock of a metronome. Its monotonous swing seems to mock the future Rain as her life begins to spiral out of control, losing its timing and rhythm while the metronome continues to tick tock evenly and clearly. Already in issue one there is the feeling that her time is running out.

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The artwork is fluid and exaggerated which matches the musical undertones of the narrative. It’s impressively cinematic which is a complete contrast to the stiff, structured image on the cover. Instead of a plastic figure, the interior art is more reminiscent of Gabrial Ba’s emotional work in such titles as Daytripper. It is a fusion of Expressionism and Impressionism pasted onto a Catherine Bigelow social commentary.

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The script has an urgency to it depicted as each scene seems to intensify and desperation begins to fuel Rain’s actions. Then a clever moment of respite gives the reader a moment to breath easily before Jon Tsuei hits you with a betrayal of our heroine, throwing everything back up in the air.

This first issue makes a statement of intent for the series. Unfortunately the cover makes the wrong kind of statement but the interior makes up for it in spades. Look passed the blandness on the front and you will get swept up in the high paced, desperate life of Rain.


Title: Run Love Kill

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer: Jon Tsuei/Eric Canete

Artist: Eric Canete

Colours: Leonardo Olea



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