“Love And Redemption” (Killadelphia #11 Comic Review)
Killadelphia #11 Comic Review
Writer: Rodney Barnes
Artist: Jason Shawn Alexander
Colorist: Luis Nct
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover: Jason Shawn Alexander & Luis Nct
Variant Cover: Duncan Fegredo
Burn Baby Burn Part V
Changing The Story
“Love And Redemption”
What You Need to Know
Flaws in Abigail Adams’ plan are starting to show. Her flock of bloodsuckers doesn’t all approve of her methods or her master plan. Meanwhile, the resistance is beginning to fell hope. The Sangers are mending their relationship. Tevin is back on the scene and looks to gain an unlikely ally. Will the calvary arrive in time to stop Abigail’s reign of terror?
What Just Happened
The issue begins with John Adams looking back on his life while in purgatory. Adams is then visited by a familiar face, Tevin. Meanwhile, In the land of the living, Jupiter beings his assault on Abigail by mowing through her guard.
James Sr. and James Jr. bond over knowing that Jr’s mother is at peace. James Sr. struggles with knowing that he is now a monster.
Tevin talks with Adams about why his plan was flawed and how he can make it right. Tevin states he still needs Adams help to be “free”.
Abigail flashes back to a time where she meets a slave named Sally Hemings and falls in love. Abigail turns Sally and contemplates leaving Adams in his tomb
James Sr. and Jr. decide to put aside their differences and figure out how to save the city.
Adams accepts Tevin’s offer to make right on his past mistakes. Tevin is able to travel between heaven, hell and purgatory. Tevin visits his grandmother in heaven.
Sally leaves Abigail, once Adams returns from his tomb. In the present, before Jupiter can strike, Abigail attacks and kills him.
The backup story continues this issue. The immortals bring their leader up to speed on the systematic racism that plagues America. They also attend a funeral that Malcolm X is speaking at. The group decides to use their werewolf curse to strike back at the system by attacking the police.
This issue moves at a brisk pace while setting the seeds for the next conflict between Abigail’s band of anarchist vampires, and the Sangster family. We also get to see some characters who have been off the board for a few issues now. Seeing James Adams relive his presidential career in purgatory was jarring, especially thanks to Jason Shawn Alexander’s always incredible art. Tevin makes a welcome return this issue and shows that he still has mastered the book of magic that Adams failed to. Tevin’s ability to seemingly move between the land of the living and dead seems to be key to turning the tide against Abigail. Not to mention that Tevin has plans for James Adams to redeem himself.
It was good to see James Sr. and James Jr. mend their relationship. They will have to stick together if they want to survive. Rodney Barnes does a great job with James Sr’s dialogue in this issue. James Sr. is coming to terms with being the darkness that he was used to fighting when he was living.
I was disappointed in how easily Jupiter was dispatched in this issue. He was built up in previous issues as a monster with a centuries old grudge, and to see him get killed so quickly seems like a wasted opportunity. Abigail does have her backstory fleshed out more in this issue and learning about the woman she truly loved was fascinating. I feel like we haven’t seen the last of Sally. I do feel this issue is kind of spinning its wheels and would like to see the story advance to the next conflict in the next issue.
The backup story was short and sweet this week. I continue to enjoy the supernatural being mixed with our country’s ugly history when it comes to race relations. I can’t wait to see how these immortal freedom fighters use their curse (gift?) to fight for social justice.
Jason Shawn Alexander continues to knock it out of the park with his artwork. He draws a picture-perfect Malcolm X. Alexander’s fight scenes continue to be visceral and gory. His depiction of Heaven and Hell being seemingly across the street from each other continues to amuse me.
Summary The momentum slows down a little bit this issue. The Sangsters reflect on what their family means to them. Abigail battles dissension within her ranks while reflecting on lost love. John Adams pays his penance in purgatory, while Tevin uses his newfound abilities to recruit Adams for a redemptive mission. Here’s hoping that the Sangsters and company are ready for what Abigail is about to unleash.