After what felt like five years, the second installment to the intriguing mini-epic Godzilla in Hell has come upon us. How does it continue this interesting story? Let’s take a look.
Here’s the official description from IDW:
Godzilla descends further into the pit! Godzilla navigates a city that can never be destroyed as demonic versions of his greatest foes wait for the perfect moment to strike!
If it’s one thing the first issue of Godzilla in Hell proved is that despite tight restrictions on the character from TOHO, very unique and completely brand new concepts can be told. It was a silent story, and as a longtime G fan it was definitely one of the most different things I’ve ever read/seen with the character. With very little to go on about what exactly is going on, issue two was highly anticipated. It does answer at least one question, ans is a fantastic read due to the setting, narration, and artwork. It does however feel very short and despite being normal length it feels like there should be at least ten additional pages.
One of the most interesting things about this book is that every issue a different creative team tackles the story. Last time James Stokoe delivered a quality comic with no dialogue needed to convey what was happening. This time, Bob Eggleton tackles the writing and art. He has done beautiful variant covers for a lot of the comics, so to see him do interiors for the first time was truly a treat. It’s much like when Alex Ross does the interiors to a story, such as Kingdom Come, where every panel is a treat for the eyes. But, let’s save the art talk for later. Unlike the previous issue, this one features narration boxes detailing in vague terms what’s happening as Godzilla enters new areas of Hell.
There’s a certain level of thematic quality the narration brings. It reads like a classic epic from the Homer days. The vagueness is a little unfortunate for those who were hoping for concrete answers. For example, the narration states Godzilla is being tested, then later on states the reason for him being there was due to another monster. It will make sense in a few issues I’m sure, but for just this one it still isn’t clear why Big G is here. The fights in the different sections of Hell were great. The first one against Rodan was immensely satisfying as Eggleton draws a fantastic representation of the 1956 design. G’s battle against Anguirus and Varan were also very good. Though, they go by way too fast. If the issue had dedicated a few additional pages to those battles, it would have felt a lot less short.
As already stated, the art is incredible. Really, it’s worth price alone just to look it over. Every page offers fantastic visuals of the millennium Godzilla, the surroundings, and the other monsters. This could be the first and last painted G comic for awhile, so even if you haven’t been reading any comics from IDW and like the character, this is worth picking up for that aspect. The main cover by Eggleton features a stunning portrait of G2000 amidst the fire backdrop. The subscription variant by Matt Frank features Godzilla plummeting with Anguirus, Rodan, and Varan looming down on him. It’s not a bad cover, but doesn’t quite represent the story as well as Eggleton’s.
Overall, Godzilla’s second issue into Hell is an engaging read from beginning to end. If Alex Ross is the painter of superheroes, Eggleton is the painter of giant monsters. Every page is fantastic to look at. Truly, the art is a masterpiece. The issue still presents the story in rather vague terms, and feels like we’re almost getting something half the price of $4 since the issue can literally be read in less than eight minutes. Still, as a Godzilla fan, this is a must-have.