Launching today on Kickstarter, KILLTOPIA from writer Dave Cook and artist Craig Paton is quite possible the best post-apocalyptic mega-robot ultra-violent social commentary that’s ever made your eyes bleed at its unholy CMYK beauty.
Reading like Spider Jerusalem wiping his arse with a copy of the Hunger Games whilst pleasuring himself to a complete 2000AD back catalogue, it’s funny, brutal, sweary and bloody (Bloody) good stuff.
This is really impressive. Kickstarter is an unpredictable mistress for comics sometimes, and can sometimes feel like the ultimate vanity project, buut this by far one of the juiciest I’ve seen.
The colouring channels a strange 80s vibe that’s at once nostalgic and thrilling, with elements of Rollerball and 8-bit gaming, and an angularity to the art that sits comfortably between Ezquerra and McMahon.
I think perhaps the main reason that Killtopia excites me so much is the fact that it absolutely feels like it could have come from the pages of the Galaxy’s Greatest, but the gloves are off and the entirely adult content is in – it’s like the difference between Stallone and Urban’s Dredd.
And, you know, there’s the fact that story itself is just spot on. Satirising sport, media culture and young adult dystopic fiction in the first couple of pages alone, this tale of an underdog bot Hunter taking on the future’s finest could feel a little generic if it wasn’t so well-executed before we even meet the protagonist.
The tone of irreverence is set so effectively that you are perfectly willing to accept what might otherwise seem a bit staid. It bodes well – long may it continue!
You can feast your eyeballs the first five pages below, and make sure to check out (and back!) the Kickstarter itself by CLICKING HERE.