RunLoveKill #3 Review

writer: Jon Tsuei / artist: Eric Canete / Image Comics

Let’s get one thing straight off the jump – Eric Canete’s art is astounding. It’s a comic writer’s dream to have your ideas drawn on page as beautifully as RunLoveKill, and writer Jon Tsuei has to feel grateful – and challenged – by having a co-creator like him. This series is giving us some of the best artistic intros of all time, and when it’s all said and done we’ll be having conversations about which was our favorite one.

And this will be one of my favorite ones.

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RunLoveKill #3 gives us the most we’ve learned about Rain since the series began and fulfills much of the promise given us in the first issue. The pace of the issue stays true to form, beginning with a flashback of our heroine as a small piece to the puzzle of who she is. We know she’s desperate and her situation is dire, and the flashbacks slowly inform why.

Exposition in RunLoveKill is especially interesting because we were largely rooting for Rain solely because her status as the protagonist, and someone who seemed like a good person despite readers having no real evidence why. Origami was the bad guy because they were the bad guy, and Rain deserved empathy because she deserved empathy. Issue #3 gives us something substantive, and it does it in the most action-packed issue of the young series.

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Things burn in issue #3, fam. This issue is frantic in the best way, with the first big confrontation between Rain and Origami. RunLoveKill is a high intensity, fast-paced comic that moves with amazing fluidity.

And you know what else? It’s telling a story beautifully with very few words. Readers might have noticed how light this series has been with dialogue, and that’s no accident. It works well with RunLoveKill, much to the credit of Canete’s art and Tsuei’s willingness to let it often speak for itself.

Overall, this title stays on pace to be a fantastic miniseries and a book worth reading.

You can read previous reviews of RunLoveKill here, and listen to my interview with writer Jon Tsuei here.

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  • Jordan Calhoun is a writer in New York City. His forthcoming debut book "Piccolo Is Black" is a celebration of the common adaptations we made while non-diverse pop culture helped us form identities. He holds a B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice, B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Japanese, and an M.P.A. in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy. He might solve a mystery, or rewrite history. Find him on Instagram and Twitter @JordanMCalhoun

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