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Kill Shakespeare is a 12-issue comic book series created by Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col with the purpose of helping a large audience better appreciate Shakespeare and to learn more about humanity through Shakespeare's characters.
In the series, all of Shakespeare's characters live in a kingdom ruled by Shakespeare as their creator-god. Good and evil characters battle each other to obtain Shakespeare's "mythical quill," which, as Darwyn Cooke, author of the forward to the series, describes is "the source of all power and life."
The first novel opens with Hamlet having already killed Polonius and being shipped off to England with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Prior to boarding the ship, Hamlet is surrounded by a mist that tells him to kill his uncle, King Claudius. Thinking it is a second appearance of the spirit of his dead father, Hamlet begs for forgiveness and continues to wrestle with the choice between committing murder and pleasing his father. However, on board the ship, Hamlet is again approached by the mist, which calls Hamlet the "Shadow King" and says Hamlet will "pass into the forbidden place" and "tread upon the globe's floor." The ship is then attacked by pirates, and after escaping the ship, Hamlet wakes up in the bedroom of King Richard III. Richard asks Hamlet to steal Shakespeare's quill in exchange for Richard bringing King Hamlet back to life. And, so begins a journey involving Hamlet, Iago, Falstaff, Richard, and Macbeth to find Shakespeare. Along the way, as Hamlet becomes entangled in misadventures, he also encounters other Shakespearean characters, who all join the quest to rebel against Shakespeare.
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