Writer: Rodney Barnes, Art: Jason Shawn Alexander, Color: Luis NCT, Lettering: Marshall Dillon, Editor: Greg Tumbarello.
If you were confused as to what happened to James Sangster when he laid himself to rest at the end of Sins of the Father, you weren't alone. James had a difficult time coming to terms with death and what it truly meant. Despite being a detective most of his adult life, he failed to consider the existential gravitas that surrounds the topic. As a vampire, he had to come to terms with the truth about death before he could willfully let go and settle into it.
Last month's issue #8 revealed just how it all went for James inside the coffin. Simultaneously, the living nightmare of Abigail Adams and her sinister brood terrorize the public in unfathomable ways. How Rodney Barnes can imagine this is concerning yet intriguing.
What is the newly appointed Detective Jimmy Sangster Jr. supposed to do? We're reading deeper into Jimmy, understanding he is genuinely afraid of what is stirring. These horrors are just the beginnings of a mayhem only Abigail Adams can manifest. Jimmy believes he cannot handle this without his father.
Killadelphia #9 continues with the father and son duo trying to get ahead on what the recent attacks are gearing up toward. James doesn't much care for the concerns of the living, considering who he has waiting for him on the other side. He understands the vampires will always be a problem, as they have existed for centuries and will continue to exist. A solution to eradicate the issue once and for all does not exist. This is something Jimmy will have to grasp and learn to deal with, without digging James from his grave. There is also the companion story of Jupiter, Abigail's ace in her war against humans. Here he speaks about the past pains that have led him to the present, where he acts out an ancestral tradition, to which he brings new meaning.
There is something different in Killadelphia #9 than in previous issues, when it comes to the overall design of the comic. Artist Jason Shawn Alexander is feeling very comfortable in this world of Barnes's. He's created new ways of expressing pain, despair, anger, and volatility. Luis NCT's coloring is the cherry on top. Killadelphia is truly a beautiful work of art that will have continuous praise in these reviews. There is genuine emotion behind the work, which gives the art a solemn beauty. Even with the panels laden in terror, there is something tragic within it that can hold you captive. Jason Shawn Alexander is not here to simply satisfy appetites for blood, guts, and gore. Rodney Barnes is not writing yet another vampire story. Killadelphia is nuanced and will leave you thinking long after you've read it.
Killadelphia: Burn Baby Burn, Part III The Dance of Death is published by Image Comics and is available on October 28, 2020.