Kill the Minotaur #1 (Image Comics)
The Greek myths have always been used to inspire many of our modern heroes and stories, but there’s been a lack of Greek Mythology tales in comics. Whether it’s because there’s no market for them or because they are so widely known, there’s definitely a major hole on the comic shelves when it comes to sweeping mythical epics. However, Kill The Minotaur by Chris Pasetto, Christian Cantamessa, and Lukas Ketner could be just the thing to usher in a new batch of Greek stories in comics.
As you can probably guess from the title, Kill The Minotaur is a new telling of the story of Theseus and the Minotaur. It’s not exactly new ground for anyone who took Latin in high school, but the real draw here is Pasetto and Cantamessa’s take on the story, and the character of Theseus. Both writers do a fantastic job of getting us into the mindset of Theseus, who in this story is brash and unaware of why his subjects would ever hate him and his family. When he’s told of a way to stop King Minos from abducting more of his people for his mysterious sacrifices, Theseus jumps at the chance to help his people. But of course, it doesn’t go exactly as planned.
Even if the script wasn’t compelling, the art from Lukas Ketner would make Minotaur a must buy. Though we don’t see the mighty creature in this issue, judging by Ketner’s art in this opening issue we’re going to be in for a real treat when we finally do. Ketner is able to fill Minotaur with so much excitement that even the panels where characters are just talking and planning seem alive with motion. I can’t wait to see what he does next.
It’s safe to say that Kill The Minotaur is one of the best debut issues of the year. It may be covering well tread ground, but this book is very much worth your time. There’s plenty of interesting ideas to be mined from this story, and it’ll be really interesting to see what these creators do next. Here’s hoping they plan to take on some other Greek myths when this is wrapped up.