Writers: Jon Tsuei & Eric Canete
Artist: Eric Canete
RunLoveKill has been a series with a lot of promise but hasn’t yet delivered. There is a great amount of potential in this eight issue series, but so far the series has been mostly forgettable. Each issue has opened up with extravagant art making scenes full of exhilarating action, but the rest of the series has been held back generic tropes and bland storytelling. Unfortunately, RunLoveKill #3 does little to remedy this problem.
Those reading this series will find themselves feeling like they have seen this kind of plot before. Jon Tsuei uses the tropes you would see in a summer blockbuster movie, and it sometimes works. The issue opens up with a flashback in a snowy setting and big guns. From here, there is a lot of death and there are enough explosions to satisfy any fan of the genre. In the present, there are plenty of panels depicting the protagonist running from soldiers and quickly discarding those that get in her way. These moments are when the series truly shines.
Tsuei tries to add layers to the issue by forcing characters into scenarios where morality isn’t black-and-white, but for the reader, these scenes do little to provoke thought. Characters throw around phrases involving following orders and “not having a choice,” which feels cliché and makes the dialogue seem artificial. So far this issue has been full of style but is lacking in substance entirely.