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REVIEW: Killadelphia #17


REVIEW: Killadelphia #17

Book Title: Killadelphia #17

Book Description: In Killadelphia #17 we see the desperate struggle to bring John Sangster, Jr. back to the light. We see how the Sangsters passed on the upbringing of their sons from one generation to the next…. and how each generation grew to hate their fathers. Will Sangster, Jr. give in to that hate, or will be able to make peace with his past and move forward?

We also get to sit in on the strategy meeting between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail Adams. Thomas is planning how to take all of Philadelphia. Abigail is thinking of global domination, as well a place atop this new world order.

Book Author: Rodney Barnes

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: Image Comics

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Illustrator: Jason Shawn Alexander

  • Story
  • Interior Art
  • Cover Art
  • Dialogue
  • Mechanics
  • Editing


It’s been over a year and a half since I started reading Killadelphia. When I first discovered it was a vampire story I gave it a very short leash. Vampire/horror stories weren’t really my thing. I truly expected to say, “Thanks for playing” within a couple of issues.

As the issues kept coming the leash got longer. Here we are on #17 and it beat out G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero for the first book to be read from my pull list for the week. Those of you that are familiar with where my interests lie can appreciate what an accomplishment this is.

Mr. Barnes continues to find ways to bring the characters to life. His explanation of how John Sangster, Sr. was raised allows the reader to see that he truly loves his son. He’s just not good at properly showing it.

The war room meeting was eye opening. Abigail had already been established as being very ambitious. In this issue she makes her intentions perfectly clear. Thomas Jefferson seems oblivious to the fact that even if they win, he loses.

I liked how we get to see the past and present in the cover art. It was sweet seeing Thomas and Jupiter as children frolicking in the fields. I was somewhat disappointed that Jupiter didn’t seem to have much of a presence in the issue. I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of him though.

It took a couple of issues to adjust to Mr. Alexander’s artistic style. After reading Killadelphia this long. I couldn’t imagine anyone else taking over illustration duties. His artwork meshes with Mr. Barnes’s work so seamlessly that they push one another to higher levels. There are few team ups amongst creators that have this chemistry.

As a geek on a budget I am still singing from the rooftops to anyone that will listen about how great Killadelphia is. It has an intensity that pulls the reader in and refuses to let go. Give it a fair chance and you’ll love it too!

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I grew up loving all things geek. I started reading and collecting comics when I was 8. My personal collection has roughly 8,000 books in it. When I’m not doing something geek-related I love spending time with my amazing wife and kids, gaming, and working on cross stitch projects.

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