The Horror Honeys: Godzilla in Hell: Even Kaiju need Consent!

Godzilla in Hell: Even Kaiju need Consent!

A Comics Honey Review by Shannon
Title: Godzilla in Hell #1 of 5
Author: James Stokoe
Artist: James Stokoe
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Released: July 2015

Artwork 5/5
Layout 5/5
Writing 4/5
Characters 3/5
Entertainment 5/5

Total: 4 1/2 Lusty Winds out of 5!  

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 review is issue #1 out of 5

As you might have heard from one of our Honey Radio Podcasts, I was talking about a weird mini-series from IDW called Godzilla in Hell. The premise is simple: Godzilla is tossed into the inferno and he has to figure out why he is down there... oh, and fight other demonic Kaiju along the way.
If you think that sounds like fun- yeah, you'd be right!

Artwork & Layout
The interesting thing about this book is that this is the first in a long time where a mainstream comic book is produced entirely by one person. James Stokoe is the writer, artist and colorist of this first issue, and man is it ever pretty!

No caption needed... just absorb it.

James Stokoe is a Canadian comic artist, who is known for his illustrations that feature fine rendering of texture, shadow, intricate details and excellent use of scope. All of the panels in this issue help to depict the feeling of vast emptiness in the desert realm of Lust.

His layouts are another thing to commend as well, as the action flows really well, backgrounds are utilized when they need to be, and panels are arrange so you can gaze at them for sometime and enjoy all the details placed into the artwork. The panel with the Storm of Souls is so beautiful, I want a large print of it and hang it on my wall!

Even the his humorous use of color depicts the world of Lust, color palettes made with the sexual hues of red, purple and pink.

I need this outside my bedroom door. 

Writing
Now, its kinda hard to really guage the writing and characters of this short because the premise is really goddamn simple: Godzilla goes to Hell, fights Kaiju in each circle, and then finds his way out. 

However, I can still give good points for his writing because the comic is written in such a way so that you don't need dialogue, or exposition dumps to understand what is happening in this issue. Godzilla does not talk, but you can understand when he is thinking, when he is shocked and when he is angry. The action is well paced and barely needs lettering/SFX for you to understand the amount of destruction going on.

People tend to forget that sequential artwork in comics IS a form of writing, its just with pictures instead of words.

Characters
Again, I can't say much about character development there really isn't any (but still makes for an entertaining read) Godzilla wanders around the circle of Lust, is attacked by soul swarms, sexually harrassed by a pile of viscera, finally faces off with his doppleganger and- 

...tentacles? Damn, even Godzilla isn't safe from the Urotsukidoji.

No means NO!

Basically, the primary plot of this issue is Godzilla fighting off a tentacle rape monster (this is the first time I get to say that- let's hope it's the only time!) kicking its ass and heading to the next level. Cue fanfare music!

Conclusion
The first issue of Godzilla in Hell is a wonderful example of simplicity in story driven by visual storytelling. My only problem (and it's not really a problem) is that I found the book to be way too damn short! However, it's worth saying that the most delicious bonbon can outweigh a bloated tasteless cake.

And Godzilla in Hell #1 is a delicious meaty morsel to chew on as you wait for the next issue.



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