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“Stories within stories about stories... it's easy to get that recipe wrong, but McCreery and Del Col get it gloriously right.� -Mike Carey (Lucifer, The Unwritten)


“Brilliant in concept. Worthy in execution.” -Bryan J.L. Glass (The Mice Templar)


An epic new series that will change the way you look at Shakespeare forever. KILL SHAKESPEARE pits the Bard,s greatest heroes against his most menacing villains in a dark saga that is Fables meets League of Extraordinary Gentlemen with a dash of

Northlanders. In this issue Hamlet begins his quest to resurrect his dead father. The only catch? He needs to kill a reclusive wizard named William Shakespeare to do so.

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A Sea of Troubles KILL SHAKESPEARE #1:

Conor McCreery WRITTEN BY

and

Anthony Del Col Andy Belanger ART BY

Ian Herring COLORS BY

Robbie Robbins LETTERING BY

Tom Waltz

Cover Checklist:

EDITS BY

Cover A Kagan McLeod

Cover B Andy Belanger

RI Sketch Cover Kagan McLeod

Convention Edition Cover Kagan McLeod

www.KI LLS HAKE S PEAR E.com Special Thanks to Tom Waltz, Chris Ryall and everyone at I DW, Kuo-Yu Liang and everyone at Diamond, Ty Templeton, Dave Elliott, Ramon Perez, Scott Hepburn, Kent Allen and Martha Cornog. www.I DWPU B LI S H I NG.com KILL SHAKESPEARE #1. APRIL 2010. FIRST PRINTING. Kill Shakespeare © 2010 Kill Shakespeare Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. © 2010 Idea and Design Works, LLC. IDW Publishing, a division of Idea and Design Works, LLC. Editorial offices: 5080 Santa Fe Street, San Diego, CA 92109. The IDW logo is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Any similarities to persons living or dead are purely coincidental. With the exception of artwork used for review purposes, none of the contents of this publication may be reprinted without the permission of Idea and Design Works, LLC. Printed in Korea. IDW Publishing does not read or accept unsolicited submissions of ideas, stories, or artwork.

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The eyes of the Father shine in the night.

His fury, a tempest, raging in the bloody light,

carrying a Shadowed King from beyond the seas.

What he seeks he shall not seize

The Father%s gates shall open swing,

a welcome only, to this Shadowed King.

The two shall clash and blood will pour, and things that were shall be no more. The Wizard shall return to all;

The unjust Lord will flee and fall;

Humbled will the Lady be;

And a man once bound will be set free.

King and Father shall meet their ends, to make way for the true King%s rise where Shadow did bend.


Kill Shakespeare #1  

Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col (w) • Andy Belanger (a) • Kagan McLeod, Belanger (c) What Fables does for fairy tales, Kill Shakespeare does...