Livio Ramondelli (writer and artist) blew us away with the first issue of The Kill Lock. It was magical, different, and overall captivating. I hadn’t read anything like it before and was eager to learn more about the world that the four robots had haphazardly been thrown into together.
I’m not going to say that I was disappointed, because I wasn’t. The Kill Lock #2 was still a fun read. Ramondelli still shared more about the characters and their backstories, but it just wasn’t as good as the first issue. That doesn’t make it bad by any means, especially since the first issue was perfect (probably my highest rated comic in a while). However, it just felt like a little bit of a let down after such a good first issue.
What The Kill Lock #2 Does Best: Characters
If Livio Ramondelli is the master of anything, it’s character and character design. Each character has a unique personality. I’m eager to find out more about these characters, but here’s what we know so far.
In The Kill Lock #2, we got the backstory for The Laborer. His old job was opening and closing hangar bay doors so that ships could get in and out. Apparently, one night he didn’t open one of the doors. Because of that, 923 people died and he was sentenced to The Kill Lock. If I were to place him in a role within the group, he would by far be the typical drunk character. He goes to a bar on this issue and has two drinks before abandoning The Kid completely. He wants to help out and take care of The Kid, but his drinking problem gets the best of him.
We don’t know much about The Wraith, other than the fact that he’s a warrior from The Wraith Region. His place in The Kill Lock is widely unknown, but we do know that he was disobedient on the battlefield.
The Wraith is the protector. He cares about The Kid more than anyone else and will kill anyone to protect him. Which says a lot, because he’s very anti-hurting the innocent, as he shows in The Kill Lock #2.
The Artisan is the worst character. I absolutely cannot stand him. He’s brilliantly written in a way that makes you want to pull his head off his stupid robot body. He also, in my opinion, has the coolest character design. The Artisan is the jerk older brother of this messed up family. He’s always angry at someone and doing things without thinking them through. For example, in this issue, he set a bunch of civilians on fire while stealing a ship.
The Kid is an unfinished robot, unwanted and exiled by his people. The Laborer tells him that his people exiled him because they feared he would cause problems.
He’s very innocent in all of this and doesn’t exactly know what’s going on. He has a sense of childlike wonder that surely will disappear over the course of the series.
Plot & Art In The Kill Lock #2
The characters are so well written that it’s almost a shame that not much happens in this issue. It almost feels like the great characters are a waste here. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a fun issue. They move forward with their plans to find a cure for The Kill Lock, but that’s pretty much it. I would have loved some more character-driven moments between the four. They don’t really know each other, so getting to see more of their dynamic as a team would have been great. I can’t wait to see them all come together for The Kid’s benefit.
The art in The Kill Lock #2 is good too. It’s not as great as I originally thought it was in the first issue, but it’s still good. There were a few panels here and there where the art didn’t look exactly right, but it’s easy to ignore.
Should You Read The Kill Lock #2?
I’m going to say yes, only because I’m still certain that this is going to be a great series, even if this one issue was kind of a flop. Start from #1 and watch as the world unrolls before our eyes. Because it’s a fantasy series, the beginning seems a little bit heavy with plot and explanations, but I find that to be true with a lot of fantasy comics. Even so, it’s worth giving it a shot.