Serial Killer as Misread Hero?

Posted: Wednesday, September 6, 2006
By: Darren Schroeder

Winnipeg, Manitoba—After a two year odyssey, Winnipeg firm releases killer graphic novel.

Two years ago Canadian press Coscom Entertainment enlisted writer Kieran Murphy and artist Marco Tarditti to create a five-part comic series entitled, Burnt Soul. At first the story was meant to be released as five separate comic books but instead the creative team of Murphy, Tarditti, Jocson, Fuchs and Larem decided to release the story collected into a single graphic novel.

Created by Murphy, Burnt Soul follows the story a sadistic killer running rampant in the Dublin suburb of Ballyrunner, a timely comic given the resurfacing of the famous JonBenet Ramsey murder in recent headlines and the tragedy of that case.

It starts with a letter pinned to a lifeless body, promising more victims and more bloodshed. It declares that those responsible for a heinous crime will be hunted down and will finally face justice. And the writer vows that he will not stop until the job is done.

Sergeant Sean McGrath faces the onerous task of bringing the city's first serial killer to justice. At first glance, the task appears to be simple.

Leads are followed, searches conducted and arrests made, and all the while the bodies keep piling up as Burnt Soul works his way through the criminal fraternity of Ballyrunner, killing without mercy, compassion or feeling.

The gangsters become jumpy, the drug dealers edgy, everyone holds their breath to see who is next. McGrath must lead the chase to find and capture the monster before he claims more lives, perhaps even those who don't deserve justice.

Following in the footsteps of Sin City, Burnt Soul seeks to bring the same sensibility to the comic book medium and it creators see it as hopefully appealing to fans of Frank Miller’s acclaimed series.

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