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4LN Comic Review: Godzilla in Hell #1

Series: Godzilla in Hell
Writer & Artist: James Stokoe
Publisher: IDW Publishing

Summary from Comixology: “Godzilla meets his greatest adversary of all time–the impossible tortures of Hell! Each issue of this special miniseries will see Godzilla enter a new level of the underworld to do battle with the impossible.”

Godzilla In Hell #1

Godzilla is a bad ass. Let’s not pretend like there’s some deep, complex philosophy that we have to analyze in order to understand him. Arguably though, he could be seen as an antihero. I mean, in as much as a creature or monster can make conscience decisions like that. It’s not like The Punisher where there’s obvious moral ambiguity, and sometimes just flat-out premeditated murder. But he’s killing bad guys so…

Anyway, Godzilla isn’t like that. He doesn’t sit down and think about all the moral or immoral implications of his actions. Dude just fights other big monsters because that’s what he does. It’s his nature. Sure, maybe a few entire cites are destroyed in the process, and countless lives are lost. What matters is that he’s there to fight… and shoot blue fire out of his mouth.

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There have been a handful Godzilla comic series’ in the past few years, and the last one I started reading disappointed me. I think I only read the first 2 issues and dropped it. It was just boring and I had essentially sworn off of reading anymore Godzilla books because of it. But then… I heard about Godzilla in Hell. Talk about a title that grabs you. I had absolutely no idea what to expect but I was very intrigued. I finally decided to pick it up and I am so f***ing glad I did because not only is this my favorite Godzilla book I’ve ever read, this is my favorite #1 issue of the year!

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This issue came out on 06/15. If you follow our reviews at all (you know, the 3 of you that do) you would have noticed that we pretty much never run a review of a comic that’s over a week old. The farthest we usually go is the Tuesday after it cam out, because new stuff is gonna hit the stands on Wednesday. But I loved this book so much that I felt like I just had to tell you guys about it!

There’s no dialogue or narration. ZERO. And it’s amazing! There’s no need for talking because it’s Godzilla in Hell. He’s just fighting, like, hell-monsters. They don’t need to talk. Maybe in the next few issues there will be some wording, but I kind of hope not. I know what you’re thinking… “If there’s no words then you didn’t READ it.” You are correct in your defense of the word “read”, but the lack of wording doesn’t make the plot any less understandable. The way that James Stokoe tells the story through his art is brilliant. And his art…? Magnificent! It’s detailed but not polished and I loved every single panel. Stokoe previously wrote a graphic novel called “Godzilla: Half Century War”, which I haven’t read but am going to track down immediately now.

click for super-sized previews of Godzilla In Hell #1

Now, I know that wordless comics isn’t a new concept, but’s rare in today’s comic landscape. Honestly, I can’t compare this book to anything I’ve ever read. I feel like it’s the most unique and creative comic I’ve seen in years. Very few writers and artists are so talented that they can write and entire issue with no dialogue or narration and still pull off telling a great story. For me, this is the apex of comic book storytelling. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes Godzilla because it skips the bulls**t and just tells a great story all about the big guy, but I also highly recommend it to anyone who just likes to see comics with innovative ideas.

If you’re planning to stop into your local comic shop, I urge to grab an issue of Godzilla in Hell #1, and if you’re even remotely interested in this at all you may consider making a special trip to your local shop just to grab one. You won’t be sorry you did!


Music Paring –
What band could you possibly partner reading a Godzilla comic with? Why, Godzilla of course! I’m sorry, I mean, GOJIRA, the best metal band to come out of France in… well, ever! Taking their name from the original Japanese pronunciation of the word, Gojira pummel your ears with technical, progressive death metal that makes the perfect soundtrack to watching Godzilla slay some demon monsters.

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Stephen Andrew

Stephen has spent most of his life reading comics, watching horror movies, listening to death metal music, and speaking in the third person. His favorite comic book character is The Punisher, and he believes that the Punisher: War Zone movie is criminally underrated. His favorite film of all-time is National Lampoon's Vacation, and his favorite album is Pantera's "The Great Southern Trendkill".

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