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Kill Your Darlings #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 17 critic ratings.


Eight-year-old Rose loves nothing more than to play pretend in a magical land of her own creation. To her, that world is as real as our own—from her fluffy friends to the terrible evil that lurks at the center of it all. In one night, the line between fantasy and reality will disappear, an ancient hunger will feed again, and Rose will be pulled into a gruesome saga that began centuries before her birth.

A new epic begins from debut writers ETHAN S. PARKER and GRIFFIN SHERIDAN, and superstar art team BOB QUINN (Knights of X) and JOHN J. HILL (VANISH)!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
36 pages
Amazon ASIN

17 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Kill Your Darlings #1 is an absolute trip. What starts off as capturing the imagination of young child quickly devolves into something dark and ethereal, yet somehow familiar. Plenty of comics have dealt with trauma and how a child’s imagination can carry them through the darkest chapters of their life, but the book takes things a step further by having the horrors carry over into our protagonist’s world of imagination. The twist is jaw-dropping and gruesome, but never fails to be captivating. Consider this a must-read.

  • 100


    Kill Your Darlings #1 delivers a dark fantasy wrapped in bright colors, which should hook readers from start to finish. There’s no doubt on my end: between this, Vanish, and The Schlub, KLC Press is proving to be the place to be when it comes to comic imprints. More than that, it’s a reminder of why I love comics, and proof that even if you grow up you don’t have to shed your creative spirit.

  • 100

    Capes & Tights

    The outstanding artwork from Bob Quinn, the engaging story from Ethan S. Parker and Griffin Sheridan, and the unpredictable plot will keep you on edge and wanting more of Kill Your Darlings. This comic book has everything you could ever want in a story, and the way it blends fantasy and horror elements is simply amazing.

  • 100


    Kill Your Darlings is a story for all of those who never lost their sense of wonder in the face of whatever the world throws at them. It’s both fantastical and deeply grounded with art that serves the storytelling in a way that reminds me of just how powerful comics as a means of storytelling can be. This is one of those special books that comes along every once in a while, and I can say with certainty the audience for it is universal, the story is hauntingly timeless, and the emotions are raw and real.

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    The opening issue has enough mystery to keep everything rolling into issue, too. However, 1 girl’s fantasy world being affected by reality and unforeseen consequences in a coming-of-age story feels way too familiar. Or things could really become very tired and clichéd if Parker and Sheridan aren’t careful. Rose seems like a really cool little person. And that’s a good enough start for what could be a really, really powerful series.

  • 90

    Major Spoilers

    The upshot of Kill Your Darlings #1 is the feeling that the creators have invested a great deal of time and care into making Rose’s story familiar and fresh all at once, with art that manages to transition from fantasy to reality while supporting both. There’s an expert-level moment in these pages that references The Wizard of Oz, clearly honoring a story influence without breaking the spell of this story, which by itself will bring me back for more.

  • 90

    Lotusland Comics

    ‘Kill Your Darlings’ starts off as a dreamy child’s fantasy with the little girl as the fierce leader of her own army against impending forces only to have the story unfold into a heartbreaking dark fantasy. Writers Ethan S. Parker and Griffin Sheridan alternate her story between her imagination and her real life with great skill and pacing. In stories like this, the examination of trauma through fantasy can feel bleak and distant, but here, the lines between what’s real and imagined become blurred invoking real dread and tension. Artist Bob Quinn’s versatility in capturing the colorful make-believe of a child’s imagination, the starker real world, and the eventual twist is a remarkable achievement. This is one of the best first issues to drop this year and is guaranteed to get readers hooked.

  • 90

    First Comics News

    What a compelling read that will amaze you but also leave you frightened. A young girl named Rose enjoys her fantasy world of fluffy creatures and whimsical settings but when her imaginary world comes in contact with the real world due to the evil entity that dwells in her world is when things come crashing down for Rose. This is a great concept that not only deals with trauma but also how powerful a child’s imagination can be and how it can affect them as well; the ending will leave you shocked (**NO SPOILERS**); I can honestly say that this is a series that’s basically “Calvin & Hobbes” if it was reimaged by Stephen King. This is a series should be on anyone’s radar.

  • 90

    Nerd Initiative

    For fans of fantasy mixed with a touch of horror, the latest series coming out of KLC Press and Image Comics is one to check out. Excellent writing and creative imagery usher in a story that will question the line between dreams and nightmares.

  • 90

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: An intense and thoroughly enjoyable first issue that delivers great characters, interesting backstory and a final shock that is both satisfying and compelling. I love the character of Rose and how she moves back and forth within the world she’s created. I love the dark turn the story takes and how it manages to be both endearing and dark at the same time. You feel for Rose immediately and connect with her character in a way that makes me excited to see what her next adventure will be.

    The Art: Quinn and Hill deliver some great art in the issue. I love the visual contrast between Rose’s bright and highly detailed fantasy world and the stark style and colors of the real one.

  • 90


    The alternate cover drew my attention to Kill Your Darlings, a wonderfully constructed bloody mess. The original cover made it clear this is not the safe and comfortable yellow brick road. This is everything I want from a comic, dark and tragic. The story is impressive and complex leaving you wanting more. If the creative team can continue at this pace it should rival some of the horror standouts of the year. A brilliant comic leaving you wanting more.

  • 90

    Comic Watch

    Kill Your Darlings #1 is definitely the most well-paced book on the stands this week. The creators clearly have a lot of love for this story, with a perfect marrying of art, letters, and plot that maintains the essence of childlike innocence.

  • 90

    Comical Opinions

    KILL YOUR DARLINGS #1 is a dark, tragic fairy tale about a girl whose imaginary world is invaded by an ancient evil. Parker and Sheridan lay out a pitch-perfect setup for Rose’s Tale of Horror, and the art team’s visuals are excellent. If you like fairytale stories that get (very) dark, you’re in for a treat.

  • 87

    Multiversity Comics

    “Kill Your Darlings” #1 is an intriguing first issue that captures the spirit of childhood imagination in all its glory and terror. It’s fun, whimsical, and filled with imagination while dealing with some heavy and scary stuff. It all comes to a head at the end with some legitimately disturbing moments and creates a mystery that will leave you wanting to come back just to find out what happens next.

  • 87

    Indie Comix Dispatch

    Kill Your Darlings isn’t for the faint hearted. There are panels where things get very real when you have that lightbulb moment. If you can handle that this geek on a budget believes that you might be in store for one of the best titles to come out this year.

  • 85

    Comic Book Revolution

    Kill Your Darling #1 is one of the best series debuts of the year. The creative team does a phenomenal job blending fantasy and reality in an immersive way. The shocking twist leaves you wanting to find out what will happen in this story next.

  • 40

    First Comics News

    This looks like it will be a comic filled with drama and heartache with a child who uses her imagination to escape from it. It would be nice to see more from this comic and have it spring a surprise on us but probably not.

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