Advance Review: Dying To Get Into The Concert In `Killchella’ #2

by Tom Smithyman

If you thought Ticketmaster put you through the ringer to get Taylor Swift tickets, imagine having to kill – literally – to get into your next concert.

Those are the steps fans – fanatics really – are willing to take so they can be with the legendary singer Topanga Cornell in her famed return concert. Other would-be concert goers have been dropping like flies as the body count rises. It’s quite an affair, set aside in a private facility equipped with an LED ceiling and actual rain pouring down on the attendees.

That is an interesting enough story, but as with the first issue of this series, the focus is inexplicably on a group of beautiful people from LA. They are friends of a TV star who got them into the concert, but they’re ticket that their famous friend has left them to do junket of interviews. Writer Mario Candelaria is trying to give readers a reason to care about the fates of the music fans. But it really has the opposite effect. In reality, we’re hope that these are the first to be sacrificed to the music gods.

No such luck, though. Aside from one meathead getting axed at the beginning of the previous issue, the rest seem to be here to stay. That means most of this chapter deals with petty bickering among 20-somethings. If readers really wanted that, they could just turn on the CW network.

Lautaro Havolich takes over artist responsibilities from Serg Acuna, who drew the previous issue. Havolich does a good job of making the all the beautiful people look…well, beautiful. All the guys are ripped and there are an appropriate number of man-buns. He also depicts something rarely seen in comics – a face stabbing. So much for the beautiful people.

Halfway into this limited series, and the focus continues to be off. Instead of exploring the fresh mystery of these murders and what the killers truly hope to achieve, (it can’t just be about a good concert seat, can it?) we’re stuck with reruns of 90210.

Killchella #2 will be available for purchase on February 8, 2023.





The concert is just beginning, but will anyone be alive to listen? What’s more will anyone care? This promising series places too much emphasis on a group trite concert-goers instead of telling the story that readers are truly interested in.

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