An evil king steals children from a neighboring city to fight his monstrous son in Kill The Minotaur #1.
This is a comic adaptation of Theseus and the Labyrinth, but I will not spoil the story if readers are unfamiliar with the it.
The king of Crete, King Minos, has a son who is some kind monster who lives in a giant maze called the Labyrinth. The Cretans and the Athenians had a war and Athens lost. Athens must now bow down to Crete. When Minos needs tributes to be sacrificed he has his army take the strongest, most beautiful and healthiest Athens has to offer.
On this raiding trip seven boys and seven girls were taken by force to Crete. The prince of Athens, Theseus, has become fed up with these tributes. He and his friend Pirithous go to Crete as tributes after Minos’ inventor, Daedalus, asks them to kill Minos.
I am a huge fan of Greek mythology so when I saw a comic about a Greek myth I jumped at the opportunity to read it. I was surprised how competently the comic was done. The story is staying true to the original story so far. All the major characters have been introduced and they seem to be the same as they are in the myth.
An added addition to the story is how the characters speak. Theseus drops an F bomb at one point. A few different characters talk about greasing asses. I like these added touches to make it feel more modern, but it doesn’t take away from the story.
This comic does a really good job at introducing who Theseus is and his personality. He comes across as arrogant, but is a good fighter and has empathy. Minos is also made a villain and shown to be a real bad guy right away. It is really easy to hate him and wish for his death.
It was also a wise choice to not show Minos’ son and what exactly he is. I look forward to that reveal in an upcoming issue.
The art is also done very well. Lukas Ketner and Jean-Francois Beaulieu took their time and made all the faces unique and portray emotion. There are some very graphic scenes of violence and they get very detailed with it. I also like the more muted color palette Beaulieu uses.
This comic could have gone in and gave minimal effort and said “who cares it is an educational type of comic.” However, they didn’t and everyone came together to really show off their skills.
I hope they continue to with this series. Theseus is a great character and would make a fantastic superhero. I also hope more Greek myths get made into comics so more people can experience how well these ancient stories hold up.
I am giving the issue a ⅘ only because it is so early on in the story and nothing has really happened yet.
Written by: Christian Cantamessa and Chris Pasetto
Art by: Lukas Ketner and Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Cover by: Lukas Ketner and Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Publisher: Image Comics