Finally, an answer to the question, “What would happen if James Bond was a bad guy?” The Killer: Modus Vivendi is the latest in a series of books that follows the exploits of a hitman known only as “The Killer.” The series was started in 1998 and is written by French writer Matz, with art by Luc Jacamon. It was originally published in French but was later translated into English.
Having never read the earlier series, I don’t think I got the full effect of this issue, but it was by no means hard to follow. The action starts almost right away, although it’s not the usual kind of action that I’m used to seeing. No, this killer’s methods are much more cool and planned, and don’t involve the usual fist-flying, rain-of-bullets brawls that I’ve come to associate with assassin stories. The story focuses more on the killer’s reflection of his actions rather than the act of killing itself.