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Kong of Skull Island wraps up the first story arc in this latest issue from BOOM! Studios. ComiConverse contributor Mitch Nissen continues his coverage of this maiden voyage to Skull Island.
Review: Kong of Skull Island #6
Originally Kong of Skull Island was solicited as a six issue mini series from July 2016 through December. As issue after issue were released the book displayed extremely high quality, both in Carlos Magno’s detailed artwork and Brad Simpson’s vivid colors, but also in James Asmus’ super charged and ultra-violent story. This incredible level of quality in all aspects has persisted through all six issues. And back in September BOOM! Studios announced that Kong of Skull Island would henceforth be an ongoing series.
Based on Joe DeVito’s novel Kong: King of Skull Island from DeVito Artworks, LLC, the comic book told the tale of before any human being had set foot on Skull Island. After six issues we’ve seen an apocalypse occur, a descent into Hell, and a desperate struggle to survive amidst nightmarish bloodthirsty creatures. Bloody, intense, and incredibly well executed on all fronts. Issue six completes the first story arc as we see the Atu and Tagu people take a stand and reestablish their home on this island of monsters.
Kong of Skull Island is the best new comic book I’ve read this year.
Chaos rages across the beach of Skull Island as the Atu and Tagu people fight for their lives from man-eating monsters. Deathrunners, hyper-intelligent velociraptor-like monsters tear through the remaining Atu and Tagu. And Gaw, a giant two-headed monster similar to a tyrannosaurus, battles against the surviving kongs.
The artwork from Carlos Magno is magnificent. Incredibly detailed from the wrinkles on Kong’s skin, the fur on his body, to the fine texture of his teeth, Magno is a monster fan’s dream. The two-headed Gaw is a nightmarish wonder to behold. With this book being promoted from a six issue mini series to an ongoing series, as long as Carlos Magno continues providing the interior art I will continue purchasing. Magno imbues the characters, specifically the monsters, with unparalleled detail and raw intensity. The action set pieces are dynamic and heart pounding as the story travels along a furious pace.
Brad Simpson continues providing excellent colors further enhancing the artwork. Using a bright color pallet, Simpson expertly distinguishes all the separate elements of Magno’s pencils. When characters are being eaten or torn apart by monsters the bright reds are striking and powerful. Amidst all the chaos on the page, Simpson adds control with his colors, beautifully highlighting every detail of the landscape, creatures, and characters.
James Asmus continues ratcheting up the tension and pushing the pace. The Atu and Tagu people along with their kongs have their hands full with the constant onslaught of monsters. Then the deadly Deathrunners arrive, attacking with a level of intelligence unforeseen by any. Then the two-headed Gaw appears, the original King of Skull Island. Asmus piles on the threats and the excitement. All the plots and subplots come to a head in this originally intended “final” issue. And it is only the tip of iceberg.
What Joe DeVito and authors Brad Strickland and John Michlig created in the novel Kong: King of Skull Island was a rich history for Kong, Skull Island, and people there. The novel touches on aspects of the story the films have never explored. It told us the story of Kong and how he became king of Skull Island. The novel also introduced readers to the first king of Skull Island, a giant monster named Gaw. Gaw was the reason the wall was built in the first place.
James Asmus takes this backstory and delves even deeper by telling us the story of how the people and Kong first arrived on Skull Island. From issue one I was waiting for the appearance of the terrifying Gaw. Issue six we finally see Kong versus Gaw in an epic throw down. The Deathrunners, as they tear people to shreds, call out “Gaw! Gaw!”
This little detail may be lost on those who haven’t read Joe DeVito’s novel. However, the structure of the story is one that doesn’t require you to have read the novel to enjoy the comic book. Having read the book just enriches the experience.
When the big two comic companies continually cancel your favorite books or set them up for failure, BOOM! Studios comes in with a high quality project like Kong. And what’s more, originally a six issue mini series, BOOM! announces not a cancellation but an extension.
A new story arc begins next month. If you haven’t jumped onboard with this book yet, now is the perfect time.
I personally cannot wait for issue seven and every issue beyond, all of which a gift I never imagined I’d get. And the timing couldn’t be better. IDW just ended their Godzilla comics. And now it looks as if we’ll have a King Kong comic every month through the release of Kong’s new movie, Kong: Skull Island. There is no better way to prime for the new movie.
As long as the creative team of James Asmus, Carlos Magno, and Brad Simpson continue I will continue singing the praises of this bloody, intense, and epic comic book.
Mitch Nissen is a Contributor to ComiConverse. Follow him on Twitter: @NinjaMitche
Source: Boom Studios
James Asmus, Carlos Magno, and Brad Simpson deliver the epic finale to the first story arc of Kong of Skull Island from Boom! Studios. Fast paced, intense, and beautifully drawn and colored. Once only a six issue mini series, now ongoing, Kong of Skull Island is the comic book to read.