In Review: Killer Instinct #1

The Shadow Lord Gargos has been defeated! But the battle to save humankind from his Astral invasion has taken a terrible toll on the Earth.

Synopsis: The Shadow Lord Gargos has been defeated! But the battle to save humankind from his Astral invasion has taken a terrible toll on the Earth. Our world lies in ruin, and a sinister new power called the Coven has risen from the ashes, vying with the mega corporation Ultratech to rule the shattered nations. The heroes Kim Wu and Jago—their Astral powers weakened by their devastating war against Gargos—must band together with the scattered remnants of the Night Guard to forge a pathway into the Astral Plane. Here, in the birthplace of The Shadow Lord and The Guardians, festers the secret malevolence that threatens to destroy them all…and enslave the world forever.

Review: Based on the old video game of the same name. Killer Instinct takes us to a dystopic future wherein the earth’s energies are depleting and many live hand to mouth.

This first issue sees Kim Wu coming to the aid of a stranger in an encampment by offering her food. When the camp is attacked Kim Wu is forced to use her martial arts skills and enlist the skills of her spirit dragon Jago.

After the fight, the two are forced the leave the encampment having frightened the people living there, but both feel more depleted from the fight. So much so that it does not feel normal.

This was my first introduction to the world of Killer Instinct. I never played the video game back in the day because I was always more into my sports sims.

Writer Ian Edgington does a wonderful job of setting up the world in such a way that new people to the series like myself can still get something out of it.

The character interactions are fantastic and toward the end of the first issue, there is a heartbreaking moment that would even get a few tears from the most cynical of us.

The artwork from Cam Adams is gorgeous. I loved the way he drew the action sequences and his dragon is brilliant.

I look forward to seeing where this goes in the second issue.

Killer Instinct #1
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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