The Kill Screen (2014)

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Written By: Mike Garley
The Kill Screen

The Kill Screen is a new graphic novel from the creator of zombie anthology Dead Roots and introduces us to a new apocalypse; not zombies, not vampires, not global warming and not some monkey-borne rage virus. This apocalypse is a computer virus…

In the near future Humanity reaches it’s very own kill screen. If anyone played an arcade game back in the 80’s / 90’s you’ll remember the phrase ‘kill screen’ with a flurry of frustration and horror – it’s when the game becomes unplayable due to massive errors appearing on the screen. It sucked. But luckily the comic doesn’t.

The Kill Screen is a vastly unique take on the inevitable decimation of mankind, but this time with 8-bit hell. When digital errors transcended into the ‘real’ world and infected people, the world fell apart.

Issue #1 introduces us to that world – two years after the “Kill Screen Event” – and follows survivor Jill as she wanders through the broken landscape of our digitally-buggered world. Needless to say, it’s pretty weird. The infected’s blood explodes in an 8-bit splatter and errors roll up their faces like a busted computer screen. “Error 404” was horrifying enough when it wasn’t trying to smash your face in…

Written by Mike Garley, with artwork by Josh Sherwell and letters by Mike Stock, The Kill Screen is a thoroughly enjoyable, very well made comic and – most importantly – startlingly original. The concept alone makes it worth checking out.

Special mention has to go to artist Josh Sherwell as the ‘computer errors’ are genuinely well created, to the point I thought my PDF copy had stalled (stupid swirling circle of dots!!). The 8-bit effects are excellent and it adds a new dimension that elevates the comic significantly.

For more info on The Kill Screen, including artwork and other work by Mike Garley, check out his website –

Issue #1 of The Kill Screen (titled ILOVEYOU) will be premiering at the MCM London Comic Con on the 24th of May and will cost £3.50 for 28 pages (which is roughly $6 for all you American folks out there). Worth it.

Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

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