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Shakespeare comic shakes things up

Kill O, what a noble mind is here o'erthrown! Just in time for the anniversary of William Shakespeare's life and death (April 23) comes a new sort of literary mashup featuring the Bard. No, not Troilus and Cressida and Zombies. Even better: Canadians Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col are publishing Kill Shakespeare, the first comic series that makes use of Shakespeare's greatest heroes and villains.

I'm sure purists are shuddering, but the idea makes me laugh. Apparently in issue 1, Hamlet is banished from Denmark for slaying Polonius, gets attacked by pirates and ends up at Richard III's castle. There are also apparently some shenanigans between the melancholy Dane and Juliet (hopefully before she pulls out that happy dagger.) Talk about sweet bells jangled out of time and harsh.

"Anthony and I are not re-inventing the works of the greatest writer of all time," says McCreery in a press release. "Rather, we're re-imagining his characters in provocative situations."

In that case, carry on, gents.

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