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Review: Godzilla in Hell #3-4

GODZILLAHELL_03-coverEvery issue of Godzilla in Hell has come with a change in lead artist and writer, and four issues into the series the swaps are quickly becoming both Godzilla in Hell’s biggest strength and largest stumbling point.

Issue 1 had story and art by James Stokoe, using a moody and almost surreal art style with a wide-eyed, expressive Final Wars-style Godzilla, fighting enemies out of John Carpenter’s The Thing. It was completely free of dialogue and initially made me concerned that the series would feel too experimental to gain a wider audience, though I was a massive fan of the art direction and mood.

Issue 2, with story and art by Bob Eggleton, felt like a biblical epic thanks to the painted illustrations inspired by John Martin’s The Last Judgement paintings and the works of Gustave Dore. It pitted a Godzilla 2000-style protagonist against four of his classic foes and used prose in narration boxes to make the issue feel like some ancient legend. I liked issue two much more for the gravitas it added.

As we look at issue three, which uses a much more cartoony style and the series’ first instances of spoken dialogue, I have to wonder how much communication there was between the writers. Buster Moody‘s art is bright and colorful, with very expressive kaiju in the form of Godzilla and Spacegodzilla, and the angels having Mothra wings is a brilliant touch, but the seeming new direction that Ulises Farinas and Erick Frietas add to the story is a little odd. I’m still not sure if the series is going to end up being a surreal dream Godzilla is having or if this is just a weird, experimental plot the way Toho Studios did movies like Godzilla’s Revenge or Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster, which took the series in different and unique directions. I love the idea of the angels wanting Godzilla to join their war against hell, and the demons wanting to serve Godzilla and follow him into battle against Heaven, but what I appreciate most is Godzilla’s refusal to help either side in exchange for trying to find a way out of the whole conflict. Godzilla kind of speaks for the audience here, in my opinion: he just wants to know what’s going on and when it’s going to end. Issue three has gorgeous art and if the story felt consistent, it would have worked much better. It feels more like issue three tossed a wrench into the works that later issues will either have to ignore or find a way to explain away.

GODZILLAHELL_04-coverMoving on to issue four, we see a Godzilla with a design that falls somewhere between his ghostly appearance in Giant Monsters All-Out Attack and the classic Toho designs of the Hesei-era movies, like Godzilla vs Destroyah. Written by Brandon Seifert and showcasing some gorgeous art by Ibrahim Moustafa, this one goes back to the experimental setup of the first issue, in a way: no dialogue, no exposition, just Godzilla in a fight. The surreal imagery returns as well – Godzilla’s battle against Destroyah and King Ghidorah cannot end. Each time one of the three kaiju dies, they heal their wounds and return to life. This is exactly what the Godzilla in Hell premise ought to be used for, but coming off the plot elements of issue three, it doesn’t make as much sense. Is Godzilla still being pursued by angels and demons who want him on their side? Is this his punishment for not choosing a side?

Godzilla_InHell_03-pr_page7_image12With only one issue left in the series, I have no idea how it’s going to end or if it will end in a way that feels satisfactory and explains how all of this happened in the first place. Maybe we’ll never get an explanation – which would make the existence of this series as strange and unusual as the plot itself. If Godzilla in Hell the comic book begins and ends without explanation, the way the plot of the comic appears to be heading, it would be an oddly fitting but ultimately unsatisfying way to close the series out. I’m enjoying Godzilla in Hell because I love Godzilla and the franchise he represents, with all the awesome kaiju designs and fights we’ve enjoyed for decades, and every artist has brought their A game to the series, but the story is leaving me ultimately unsatisfied. Here’s hoping that issue five lives up to the franchise and the level of storytelling Godzilla deserves. I’ll be waiting for it, but I’ll be doing so with a little more worry than I would like.

Godzilla in Hell #3

Story: Ulises Farinas, Erick Frietas Art: Buster Moody
Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Buy

Godzilla in Hell #4

Story: Brandon Seifert Art: Ibrahim Moustafa
Story: 8 Art: 9 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Godzilla in Hell #4 (of 5)

Godzilla in Hell #4 (of 5)

Brandon Seifert (w) • Ibrahim Moustafa (a & c)

Godzilla’s journey is stymied by an impenetrable wall of living flesh! Cornered, with nowhere to go, he is beset by devilish versions of his greatest foes—Destoroyah and King Ghidorah!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Godzilla Faces the Fiery Inferno of Hell Itself!

godzillaIn over six decades of battles and triumphs, Godzilla has never faced a challenge as great as what’s coming his way this July, when Godzilla goes to hell! In Godzilla in Hell, a five-issue miniseries launching in July, Godzilla will storm through the gates of hell itself, proving that the towering behemoth is King Of The Monsters both above and below!

With no warning and no sign of salvation, Godzilla is plummeted to the deepest, darkest bowels of the infernal kingdom. The mystery of what led to Godzilla’s damnation, and what it will face, will take readers on a dark and twisted journey unlike any Godzilla story before!

A rotating creative team will each take Godzilla through a new and more dangerous layer of Hell, beginning with none other than writer and artist James Stokoe, who is returning to the character for the first time since his haunting stunner of a miniseries, Godzilla: The Half Century War.

Successive issues in this five-part series will feature talents familiar to the Godzilla franchise, including the multi-talented writer/artists Bob Eggleton; and Dave Wachter; Wachter most recently wrapped up the apocalyptic take on Godzilla in Godzilla: Cataclysm.

New to the world of Godzilla will be writers Ulises Farinas, and Erick Freitas, together on issue #3 and Brandon Seifert, tackling issue #4; artists will be announced on these issues at a later time.

This explosive new series will join a number of other major debuts in July as part of the Five Featured Firsts program, which launches a brand new title each and every week in July. Additionally, the debut issue will feature an EC Comics homage variant cover by Godzilla: Rulers of Earth artist Jeff Zornow as part of EC Cover Month!

Cronenberg’s The Fly Gets an All-New Comic Sequel at IDW

The story that began in David Cronenberg‘s film update of The Fly continues here with a five-issue miniseries The Fly: Outbreak written by Brandon Seifert with painted interior and cover art by menton3. Issue one will hit in March and will boast variant covers by Jason Edmiston and Lukas Ketner.

Years ago, a scientist had a horrific accident when he tried to use his newly invented teleportation device and became a human/fly hybrid. Now his almost-human son continues to search for a cure for the mutated genes. But a breakthrough turns into a breakout, and anyone exposed risks turning into a monster as well…

Nothing spreads faster than fear… be part of the outbreak March 2015.

the fly outbreak

Preview: Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: The Dark Watch Vol. 3 TP

Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: The Dark Watch Vol. 3 TP

Authors: Clive Barker, Brandon Seifert
Artists: Tom Garcia, Janusz Ordon

The three people to serve as Pinhead—Elliott Spencer, Kirsty Cotton, and Harry D’Amour—have been thrown into various factions fighting a war between Hells that threatens to destroy all of humanity. As the divisions between dimensions dissolve, each of the Hell Popes must decide how far they are willing to go to win the war and to ensure their survival. Clive Barker and co-writer Brandon Seifert, with artist Tom Garcia, bring this epic Hellraiser saga to a thrilling conclusion. This volume also includes stories from Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Annual 2013, featuring work by Barker and Seifert, as well as Ben Meares, Jesus Hervas, and Janusz Ordon. Collects Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: The Dark Watch #9-12, and Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Annual 2013.


Preview: Enter if You Dare – a First Look at Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #2

On the heels of the first issue sell-out, Marvel is pleased to present a first look at Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #2, the next thrilling chapter from critically acclaimed creators Brandon Seifert and Karl Moline! Designed – but never built – the lost Disneyland attraction finally comes to life!

When their parents are kidnapped, teens Maxwell and Melody are thrust into a treacherous race through the mysterious Museum of the Weird! But there are darker forces lying in wait inside the museum. What lurks within the Wardens’ Library…and what is the Walking Chair? Who are the Shadow Society – and what do they want with the Coffin Clock? Questions will be answered! Maxwell and Melody’s action-packed journey takes a weird turn this February in Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #2!

FOC 1/27/14, ON-SALE 2/19/14


Preview: Hellraiser: The Dark Watch #12

Hellraiser: The Dark Watch #12

Writer(s): Clive Barker, Brandon Seifert
Artist(s): Tom Garcia
Diamond Code: NOV130876

FINAL ISSUE. The war between Hells reaches its climax, and the fates of Elliott Spencer, Kirsty Cotton, and Harry D’Amour hang in the balance.


Preview: Hellraiser: The Dark Watch #11

Hellraiser: The Dark Watch #11

Writer(s): Clive Barker, Brandon Seifert
Artist(s): Tom Garcia
Diamond Code: OCT13 1007

As the war between Hells rages, the three people to hold the title of Lead Cenobite — Elliott Spencer, Kirsty Cotton, and Harry D’Amour, each attempt to end the conflict in their favor.


Preview: Hellraiser: The Dark Watch #10

Hellraiser The Dark Watch #10

Writters: Clive Barker, Brandon Seifert
Art by Tom Garcia
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER A: Lorena Carvalho

Elliot Spencer’s last run-in with Leviathan didn’t go as planned, but the lord of the Labyrinth has no idea what his former protege has in store for him…


Preview: Hellraiser Annual 2013

Hellraiser Annual 2013 #1

Written by Brandon Seifert, Clive Barker, Ben Meares
Drawn by Janusz Ordon, Jesus Hervas
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $4.99

In this extra-large special issue, Brandon Seifert and Ben Meares go even deeper into the mysteries of Leviathan and his plans for Harry D’Amour, Kirsty Cotton, and Elliott Spencer. Brandon Seifert created and writes one of our favorite horror procedurals, WITCH DOCTOR, and truly understands what makes the Cenobites tick.


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