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Godzilla in Hell #1 Reaction Thread

Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Thu Jul 02, 2015 3:35 am

Post your thoughts here.

The official preview for issue #1 is up:

http://www.avclub.com/article/exclusive ... odz-221345

Honestly, I'm still not completely sold on this concept, and the "greeting sign" in "hell" comes off rather hokey imho, but I'll wait to see how it's all executed before making any real judgements.
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Re: Godzilla in Hell #1 Reaction Thread

Postby klen7 » Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:36 am

The greeting sign is straight out of Dante's Inferno, except i think it was part of a larger inscription on the gate to hell. i really have no idea what to expect with this series.
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Re: Godzilla in Hell #1 Reaction Thread

Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Fri Jul 03, 2015 6:28 am

Some initial thoughts I found posted on the "other" board (so take them with a big grain of salt).

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Still not totally buying into this concept, but seeing Stokoe and Eggleton ('bout friggen' time :!: ) back to work on these comics is more than enough for me to give it a chance....
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Re: Godzilla in Hell #1 Reaction Thread

Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:19 pm

Review is up over at TK:
http://www.tohokingdom.com/comics/idw_g ... ll_01.html
Comic: Godzilla in Hell #1

...what did I just read?

This is the first entry in James Stokoe's Godzilla in Hell mini series. Stokoe should be familiar to most for his phenomenal work on the Godzilla: The Half-Century War series. I will be honest that it's my favorite comic work on the King of the Monsters, and had high hopes for this new series from the same writer/artist. To Stokoe's credit, this feels nothing like his first series on the character. Those worried he might overuse the concept that made his first story great need not worry. In the end, this is a very surreal story... one that I liked, but still not sure how to completely feel toward it.

In terms of the plot, Godzilla goes to hell.

No really, that's the whole plot. The comic opens with Godzilla falling into hell, and deals strictly with the odd things he witnesses there. The comic immediately sets the tone with a large pillar of text that emerges from the ground saying "Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here", which Godzilla blasts with his atomic ray. The story is visceral, with no dialogue or text really beyond that warning message Godzilla blasts. It's the nuclear menace in a land of strange beings. You have scenes with moons, complete with faces, stuck in the ground watching as Godzilla advances in the background.

The comic sets out to do one things, and does it quite well: it makes the normally exotic and fantastic character of Godzilla feel pedestrian. He is the normal anchor to the story as the reader sees him go through an odd, sometimes scary terrain. It's an interesting twist on Godzilla, a reverse for his dark roots.

The artwork here is top notch as well. Stokoe packs so much detail into his drawings that it's easy to get lost in them, just soaking up the details. From the human swarm, seen on the cover, to some of the other monsters in this book, Stokoe gives the art his all and the book really benefits from this. It needs to, because without dialogue this comic falls back on the visuals all the way. Not surprisingly, the book is a very, very quick read due to no text inside. The very detailed art, causing you to soak in everything, is the only thing stopping you from not quickly skimming through.

Now, this review isn't going to cover spoilers... much. Those looking to avoid them should turn back now. That said, the comic does feature one main adversary to Godzilla. I won't spoil much, other than the creature is "Orga-like"... and now I'm hoping Stokoe names it since we haven't had much in the way of unique monsters in the IDW run other than the Trilopods in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth.

In terms of the covers, this issue actually has four to choose from. There are two from Stokoe, one being a shot of Godzilla against the human swarm and a panel lifted from the comic of the "scarred Godzilla". The first is a great image, while the scarred Godzilla one is a little dull, likely on account that it was intended more as a panel. The subscription bonus cover is done by Jeff Zornow, a long contributor to IDW's work with the character, and is phenomenal. It's a play on the old horror magazines from before the superhero rush in comics and works very well, including showing a demonic King Ghidorah. The final cover is a Comic Dungeon exclusive cover by Sara Richard featuring Godzilla destroying the Space Needle in Seattle. All of the covers are good, but the winners here are the main cover by Stokoe and the subscription cover by Jeff Zornow.

Overall, this comic is enjoyable, memorable... but even with the great art feels like a bit too quick of a read. I will wait another issue before passing judgement. I'm interested where things go from here and how the concept stays fresh for the next four issues.
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Re: Godzilla in Hell #1 Reaction Thread

Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:34 pm

Another review is up at Adventures In Poor Taste:


http://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/20 ... -1-review/
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Re: Godzilla in Hell #1 Reaction Thread

Postby Shin_Edda_Robo!!!!! » Wed Jul 15, 2015 12:01 pm

1) wtf did I just read.
2) I wonder if this is what a David Lynch/Wes Craven/Cronenberg Godzilla movie would be like.

Great read, if way too fast. Curious as to where this hell leads. I wonder where King Ghidorah fits into all this.
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Re: Godzilla in Hell #1 Reaction Thread

Postby DannyBeane » Fri Jul 17, 2015 12:36 am

Too brief! I wanted more! The
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the doppelganger was creepy and very lovecraftian
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Re: Godzilla in Hell #1 Reaction Thread

Postby msweets13 » Sat Jul 18, 2015 4:53 pm

You know this is easily my favorite Godzilla comic I've ever read (which to be honest my Godzilla comic library is rather limited). Too bad it feels so short because I want more now! This is one of those concepts that you either love or hate. As such, if you don't like the idea of Godzilla taken from all familiarity (ie the city smashing anti-nuclear hero or villain) to an alien and some times horrifying landscape then you should probably stick with Rulers of Earth, but for those looking for something fresh and original then definitely check this one out.
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Re: Godzilla in Hell #1 Reaction Thread

Postby lhb412 » Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:30 pm

I loved this.

Stokoe is a brilliant cartoonist, and truly great cartooning provides a lot more entertainment value for your $3.99. I spent a whole lot of time on each panel absorbing all the tiny details or appreciating the sense of dynamism or marveling at how great Stokoe captures Godzilla's emotions and expressions without anthropomorphizing him.
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Re: Godzilla in Hell #1 Reaction Thread

Postby Dai » Fri Sep 25, 2015 4:59 pm

Loved it. This is so different from any kaiju story I've seen previously, and somehow it works--Godzilla as the silent protagonist in Dante's Inferno, a pure milieu story about taking a tour through the bizarre sights of the personal demons of the king of the monsters. The only Godzilla story this even vaguely reminds me of is that old creepypasta about the possessed Godzilla NES game.

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Lots of great ideas. The nuclear power plant that fights back. The sea of human victims that threatens to drown Godzilla. And a memorable showdown that would be truly worthy of the title Godzilla vs The Thing.
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