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Godzilla in Hell #5 Reaction Thread

PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:38 pm
by ebirahsmeg1
You know the drill. Post your thoughts here.


Preview is up on SciFi Japan:

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http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2015 ... e-preview/

Re: Godzilla in Hell #5 Reaction Thread

PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:53 am
by ebirahsmeg1
Review is up at TK:

http://www.tohokingdom.com/comics/idw_g ... ll_05.html

It's the final issue of IDW's Godzilla in Hell mini-series. To close out the run, Godzilla: Cataclysm artist Dave Watcher is brought back for art duties. He does more than just draw the comic, though, but also crafts the story and is an overall one man show on producing comic. The end result, while not reaching the heights of the first two issues, does stand above the previous two thanks to its stellar art.

For the comic's plot, the issue starts out with Godzilla traversing across a feature-less plain. This gives away to a fridged terrain, followed quickly by a burning enviornment. The ground eventually gives away, and Godzilla falls to a lower plain, one where his final challenge awaits...

Godzilla in Hell has come full circle. The first issue started off with an otherwordly tale before going into the realm approach where Godzilla fought off demon versions of other kaiju. This comic feels more otherworldly than others that followed the promising series debut, but borrows a slight realm motif. The issue is very light on any sort of text, not kicking in toward the end of the book. Godzilla's rival in the book is a Cthuhlu-like visage, but is never seen in full form. The finale to the series is bizarre as any, but leaves a lasting impact.

Story aside, the real show stopper for this issue is the incredible art by Watcher. The intro shot of the Cthuhlu-like beast at the top of its mountain is breath taking, as are many of the images of Godzilla. The detail placed is top notch and really sells the book. Outside of a few panels, Godzilla almost looks consistently great, and is very movie faithful with how the character looked in Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002).
For the covers, there are two to choose from. The first is from comic artist/writer Dave Watcher and shows a red-tinted Millennium Godzilla wasting away. The alternative, a subscriber bonus, is from Alberto Ponticelli. The cover showcases the Millennium Godzilla surrounded by flames. Ponticelli was one of the early creative forces behind IDW's titles on the King of the Monsters, but hasn't been seen since WAY back in 2011 for Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths. For the two covers benched against each other, the main cover by Watcher is the clear winner, showing a more visually stunning image. The subscription version feels a bit too mundane, more like interior art than a cover, and the snout on Godzilla looks a little off.

Overall, it will be interesting to see how others take the issue, since the last three all featured other Toho kaiju. Regardless of any loss of marquee value, this issue is satisfying. It contains some fantastic artwork on the King of the Monsters in an otherworldly terrain, feeling at home with the title concept.

Re: Godzilla in Hell #5 Reaction Thread

PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 4:16 pm
by DannyBeane
Today I picked up both cover variants at my local comic book shops.
ImageFirst impressions are that it has solid art. Some really cool scenes such as Godzilla being reduced to bones. You really feel bad for Godzilla in this issue. Its a shame the series is over as I loved the different takes on Godzilla fighting in truly unique with new Lovecraftian villains. Just wish it was longer.

This was my favorite bit of artwork btw
Spoiler Below:
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Re: Godzilla in Hell #5 Reaction Thread

PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:11 am
by klen7
This issue is what i pictured when they announced the series. I'd put it neck and neck with the Stokoe issue.

Re: Godzilla in Hell #5 Reaction Thread

PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2015 11:24 pm
by lhb412
Thought it was great. It made just enough literal sense for an ending, but was still opaque enough to feel right for such a weird, metaphysical idea for a Godzilla comic.

After Half-Century War, this is the Godzilla comic to recommend when anyone asks "Hey, are any of those Godzilla comics good?"

Re: Godzilla in Hell #5 Reaction Thread

PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:58 am
by O.Supreme
I dunno...I guess my prism is just a bit too narrow when it comes to Godzilla. I found the ending to be quite anti-climactic, and kind of pointless. I'm kind of sad that this is how Godzilla ends for IDW for now. Sure I know there is something in the works for next year, but I kind of wish this series had been released earlier in the year, or RoE had kept going at least until December.

Re: Godzilla in Hell #5 Reaction Thread

PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 10:35 am
by ebirahsmeg1
Youtube review w/spoilers:

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Re: Godzilla in Hell #5 Reaction Thread

PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 11:56 am
by O.Supreme
Maybe, again, this is just an issue of me not "getting it", seeing as I have never heard any of this persons reviews, but is he supposed to sound like an emotionless British robot? Am I supposed to be an emotionless British robot to have understood the comic? I guess I'm not very good at interpretation because what this person "got" from the images in the comic is way different than what I got. Though again, the artwork was well done, if I had been listening to this as an audio book (granted with someone who can tell the story way better), it would have sounded way better than what we actually saw in pictures. Again...this is probably just me.