"Kill the Minotaur #6" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Image Comics / Skybound
Written by Chris Pasetto and Christian Cantamessa
Illustrated by Lukas Ketner
Colored by Jean-Francois Beaulieu
2017, 40 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on November 15th, 2017
You have never heard the story of Theseus and the Minotaur like this. The fabled Prince has seen friends and allies mercilessly slaughtered by the beast in the Labyrinth. Now he prepares for a final showdown at the center with Ariadne by his side, both poised for combat. It's up to them to stop this creature in its tracks. If it escapes, the entire world is doomed.
The Minotaur is an unholy abomination. I'm convinced artist Lukas Ketner pulled this creature out of a nightmare because there is no other explanation for its existence. It's bears only the most basic resemblance to the Minotaur of legend, which was a man with a bull's head. This is a twisted aberration of flesh, bone, and muscle. Its face is somewhat human-like and that might be the scariest thing about it, as if deep down there's a person in there. It's covered in rough, sinewy skin, almost like a dinosaur. The limbs are distorted and unnatural. Everything about this is disturbing.
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A large portion of this oversized finale to Kill the Minotaur is spent with the battle between the monster and the survivors. Each is pulling out all the stops for this fight and it is absolutely brutal. The gore is on full display. There are some definite cringeworthy scenes, as limbs are ripped off and bodies are stabbed repeatedly.
Jean-Francois Beaulieu's colors cast a dark cloud over the entire showdown. The characters are within the Labyrinth and you can feel the walls closing in around them. The only way out is represented as a literal ray of light, the one shining beacon of hope in an otherwise dreary structure of foreboding.
The entire series has built up to this and it pays off in spades. It's more than just the fight though. We get a truly satisfying conclusion that will leave your jaw on the floor. There are still some unanswered questions and that's totally fine. Some things are best left open-ended. It adds to the allure of the mystery. If too much time was spent chronicling the history of the Minotaur, it would have taken away from the story.
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Theseus' journey as a character is fitting of the legend this tale has carried for centuries. We see him transform from a petulant, arrogant man-child to a hero willing to risk everything to save the world. At this point, we are fully behind him as he rallies against the monster for one last time. There are still shades of his old self, as he's able to crack a joke here and there in the face of such terror.
Kill the Minotaur will have you rethinking Ancient Greek Myths. It puts a unique and terrifying spin on this legend. At its heart, it's a monster story and it nails everything that makes for a great one. It's currently being adapted into a movie and I cannot wait to see it on the big screen because it's definitely worth it.