Four Colour Thoughts – Kong: Gods of Skull Island #1

The Creators – Phillip Kennedy Johnson – Writer, Chad Lewis – Artist, Dee Cunniffe – Colours, Ed Dukeshire – Letters

The Players – Kong, Various Humans

The Story – James is dying and when he flies off to parts unknown, he discovers an uncharted island which gives him the will to live just a while longer. Taking a team there, they encounter the natives that live there, the strange flora and fauna and if any of them make it out alive, it will only be thanks to Kong.

The Take – Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Gods of Skull Island somewhat follows a similar chain of events as portrayed in the movie Skull Island, but things of course, take a different turn. James is a proud man and he wants to make a name for himself, he wants to be remembered before he dies and more importantly, after and he will do what it takes to make it so. As such, even when things start to go south, he will not give up until he is finally forced to do so by the villagers who call Skull Island home. What once was a robust crew becomes few and James has nobody to blame but himself. The overall story, while a little familiar, is a good one and even better, it delves into the history of the Kongs for a bit, detailing a couple of stories from their past, namely one where the great Kong went into the bowels of the Earth to defeat the great wyrms that lived there, to rescue his son and create a legend that would be passed down for decades to come. Johnson fills the book with great characterization, especially when it comes to James and to Mary whom he loves, fleshing them out so the reader cares about them and the crew. It is hard not to feel sorry for the man and not only because James is dying, but because a part of him thinks he knows what he is doing is right, only failing to realize that it simply is not. Kong, the erstwhile subject of the book’s title appears sparingly throughout and that is for the best because while he might be on everyone’s minds, the book is not essentially about him, but about the people who have come to the island. As it is, he is kept off-screen so to speak, for the majority of it, but when he does appear, it is made to matter when he does. The artwork by Chad Lewis is stupendous and though it seems a little cartoonish at times, it is actually perfectly suited for the tale, the man doing an incredible job. Overall, Boom’s Kong output has been exceedingly great and this one-shot continues that greatness.

Worth It? Yes

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