What do you get when you throw three murderers into one prison cell together? Well, when those characters happen to be based on the likenesses of celebrities Frank Vincent (Goodfellas, Raging Bull, The Sopranos), Marky Ramone (formerly of The Ramones) and Brea Grant (Heroes, Dexter), you can bet that the outcome will be anything but ordinary. From the creator of IDW’s hit series Crawl to Me (now in development to become a feature film), comes Alan Robert’s Killogy, an off-the-wall, genre-busting mash-up of crime, dark comedy, and horror. Written and illustrated by Alan Robert, the respected musician from the hard-rock group Life of Agony
Killogy is a four issue series written by Alan Roberts, songwriter/bassist for Life of Agony. The story is a crazy mixture of dark comedy, horror, and crime story just like it says on the wrapper. You have characters based on the likenesses of Frank Vincent, Marky Ramone, and Brea Grant who are all thrown into a prison cell to work out a problem. The question- is this story with stars a hit or a gimmick?
The story opens with our three characters in a prison cell in Brooklyn trying to piece together what is happening. Frank Vincent plays Sally Sno-Cones, Marky Ramone is Cole Edwards, and Brea Grant is Summer Rhoades. Sally Sno-Cones and Cole are at each other’s throats much of this issue and Summer plays the distraught lover whose boyfriend has just died…by her hands. We don’t know a lot of what has happened or why the three are in the same cell. Something strange happens and they not only have to figure out what has happened, but how they can get out of it alive. Sally Sno-Cones was the last one brought to jail, so he has a little more knowledge than the others. Sally, as you can imagine with the Frank Vincent inspiration, is a mob guy. The majority of this issue is Sally telling us his story and what led up to where they are now, and it feels like the other two characters will have the spotlight in the subsequent issues. It’s a very straight forward mob story, but it has the added twist of zombies. When I say zombies, I mean headless zombies that are in ice cream buckets that float around and try to attack. With the gang brought up to speed on Sally’s first zombie encounter, they see the zombie horde coming their way. Cue the cliffhanger and to be continued box.
The story, art, and lettering are all done by Roberts. From hearing him talk about this book, he has changed up his art style from his other works and the hit Crawl to Me. There are about two panels that I found odd with the style and how characters were posed, but overall it the art is good. It’s an odd style and has a hint of velvet painting and A Scanner Darkly, but it works with the story. The story itself is very interesting. It’s a mix of several different genres with humor and a dash of The Evil Dead. The celebrity likenesses take you out of the story for a little while, but when you get into the story it all comes together.
Bottom Line: This is a good first issue to a really odd story. Roberts draws his celebrity muses perfectly and mixes in different genres for a unique storytelling experience. This is one to look into further, especially if you’re a fan of the character models. 4/5