The Kill Lock

The Kill Lock

Each found guilty of an irredeemable crime, four robots find themselves banished from their home world and bound together by the Kill Lock—a programming link that means if one of them dies, they all will. Now a soldier, an addict, a murderer, and a child find themselves forced to protect each other while in search of a cure to survive.

Created, written and illustrated by Livio Ramondelli, The Kill Lock is an original comic book series published by IDW Publishing.

Excerpts from SYFY Wire article and interview:

“I began this series with a premise of what would it be like to have your life depend on protecting and being protected by your least favorite people you’ve ever met?,” Ramondelli tells SYFY WIRE. “What kind of situation could get a psychopath to protect an innocent kid? Or for a moral soldier to find himself in the company of those he would formerly have been responsible for protecting society from?

The Kill Lock is a story of four robots from very different classes of society (a guilt-stricken Soldier, an addict Laborer, a psychotic Engineer, and an innocent Kid) being sentenced to a lethal punishment where if one of them dies, they all do.” 

Breakdowns of the main cast:

THE ARTISAN: If you were used to only the finest comforts of high society, and then you got exiled to a backwater ice planet because the higher-ups didn’t appreciate you murdering your coworkers — you’d probably be pretty pissed too. And that’s where we find The Artisan at the start of The Kill Lock.

THE WRAITH: This is the big ass-kicker of the group, right at home on hellish war missions in the deepest corners of space. After centuries of noble service to a vast crusading army, he was sentenced for a lapse in obedience on the battlefield.

THE LABORER: This guy loves a drink. A worker of the least respected class of robot, sentenced for a crippling personal addiction and the horrific accident it caused.

THE KID: A true innocent, an unfinished model, sentenced for being defective in the eyes of a society demanding perfection.

The Kill Lock #1

by Livio Ramondelli (Author) , Livio Ramondelli (Artist)

Each found guilty of an irredeemable crime, four robots find themselves banished from their home world and bound together by the Kill Lock—a programming link that means if one of them dies, they all will. Now a soldier, an addict, a murderer, and a child find themselves forced to protect each other while in search of a cure to survive.

The Kill Lock #2

by Livio Ramondelli (Author) , Livio Ramondelli (Artist)

Bonded by their Kill Lock, four robots search for a cure—a way to live, and die, independently. Their only clue is a bot known as The Axial, supposed to be a creator of the Lock and keeper of its secrets. Of course, the first thing they have to do is find her… without getting themselves killed!

The Kill Lock #3

by Livio Ramondelli (Author) , Livio Ramondelli (Artist)

Continuing their search for a cure by seeking out one of the Kill Lock’s creators, the bots bound by it find themselves on a world that was decimated by one of their own. Meanwhile, the group’s most dangerous member, the Artisan, decides it’s time he takes over the education of their youngest, the Kid.

The Kill Lock #4

by Livio Ramondelli (Author) , Livio Ramondelli (Artist)

An original series by Livio Ramondelli (Transformers Galaxies: Constructicons Rising, Optimus Prime) where if one dies, they all do! If their sources are right, they’re on the World of the Cure—the one and only place to have the Kill Lock removed and for four robotic criminals to save their lives. But will this barren world provide their salvation… or their destruction?

The Kill Lock #5

by Livio Ramondelli (Author) , Livio Ramondelli (Artist)

Rundown. Beat up. On their last legs. The Linked know that this is their final chance to find a cure for The Kill Lock. Face-to-face with the last hope for salvation, will it be relief or pain? If one dies… they all do.

The Kill Lock #6

by Livio Ramondelli (Author) , Livio Ramondelli (Artist)

The Kill Lock works. An individual, or a pair, you may be able to hide and survive. Four cannot. When the Artisan, the Kid, the Wraith, and the Laborer reach the end of their journey, doom seems certain, unless… If one dies… they all do.