Marvel; November 1973
Cover by Herb Trimpe

Title: “The Mutant Slayers!”
With the help of the duplicitous Carmilla Frost, Killraven and his freeman escape – again – and battle their way to freedom.

Writer: Don McGregor
Penciler: Herb Trimpe
Yolande Pijcke

Review: Don McGregor, the writer most associated with Killraven, debuts with this action-packed issue. Like many Bronze Age writers, McGregor tends to overwrite, but give him credit for attempting to develop the supporting cast. Sadly, Herb Trimpe’s art suffers a major decline compared to the previous issue. His storytelling here is at times muddled and lacking in dramatic flair. Worse, his creature design is subpar, which is unfortunate for a series filled with post-apocalyptic mutants and monsters. And the inking, by Yolande Pijcke (who?), is an ugly, cross-hatched-laden mess. This book desperately needs an art team upgrade.

Grade: C+

Second opinion: “2-1/2 out of 4 stars.” – Comics Buyer’s Guide #1655 (July 2009)

Cool factor: Hmm. Yeah. Not so much.
Not-so-cool factor: Man, those creature designs are bad.

Notable: First appearance of Carmilla Frost and Grok. … First full appearance of Old Skull.
Collector’s note:
According to the Grand Comics Database, there is a 6p British variant of this issue. … According to MyComicShop.com, there is also a Mark Jewelers variant.

Character quotable: “I don’t know who you are, siren or vixen, but Killraven doesn’t need any female to tell him his place.” – Killraven, manly man

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