Let’s face it, there’s just some entertainment where you turn your brain off and enjoy the ride. Disaster films is an entire genre of that as you just sit in the awe of the scale of destruction before you. Often, kaiju films fall into this concept where how and what gets destroyed is the fun. It’s popcorn popculture, made to fill you up on the joy of the insanity of it all. Let’s face it, Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong #1 kicks off exactly that. And it’s it’s a hell of a lot of fun.
While we don’t get into the battle royale that we all want, Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong #1 sets things up as Clark Kent is attempting to have a very important dinner with Lois when Godzilla rises from Metropolis’ shore. How did things get to this point? That’s the comic, setting up the Justice League attempting to help Clark have a vacation and the Legion of Doom causing mayhem in all their dysfunction.
Writer Brian Buccellato seems to be having fun with it all as it feels like the comic mines more of a B-movie vibe and a Legion of Doom that’s more silly like we’ve seen in their animated form in the classic animated series Super Friends. They squabble and screw up and it all leads to the main event. It’s the exact camp you’d expect and want, never taking itself seriously and just having fun with the concept.
The art by Christian Duce is solid. With color by Luis Guerrero and lettering by Richard Starkings and Jimmy Bentacourt, the comic handles its genre smashing well and the art quickly shows off the concept of a giant gorilla fighting superheroes isn’t as silly as it might seem. But what’s interesting to me is that the art, like the comic itself, doesn’t take itself too seriously. The characters’ body language and facial expressions show a loose nature about it all. Like the comic’s concept, they’re just having fun and going with the flow. This is the more joking, smiley Justice League, not the seen some shit beat down version.
Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong #1 is exactly what you’d expect and want and is great because of that. It begs you to just sit back and enjoy the ride, taking you on an adventure that can only happen in comics. I have no doubt what’s to come will be predictable with the Justice League teaming up with Godzilla and Kong to fight the Legion of Doom but who cares, this is a wild journey to just sit back, enjoy, and not think too much about.
Story: Brian Buccellato Art: Christian Duce
Color: Luis Guerrero Letterer: Richard Starkings, Jimmy Bentacourt
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
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