10.17.12 Reviews (Part 2)
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Godzilla: Half Century War #3 (IDW): It’s not often that you decide you love a book because of the very first image on the very first page, but it happens here with that map of Ghana. The map puts us in context for the recounting of the tragedy at Accra that follows, and the level of detail in that image is something I’ve just never seen before. Not from Paul Pope, not from Rafael Grampa, not from Nathan Fox, not from Juan Jose Ryp, hell probably not even from Geoff Darrow, or any of the other creators I generally consider the “masters of detail.” The astonishment had me just shaking my head wondering how the fuck does James Stokoe do that? Here we basically see that throwing the AMF at Godzilla and his monstrous brethren is like throwing stones into a hurricane force of nature. Stokoe does the smartest thing and makes this story not just about atomic age paranoia and rampaging monsters (cool in itself, thanks to his art), but about the human impact, and showing off his equally remarkable writing ability in the process. The basics of human nature demand that greed will ultimately kick in, backfire disastrously, and draw more monsters into the melee. Stokoe gives us a sort of impromptu field guide for the monsters and the various specialized AMF teams that fight them, which totally made me smile from ear to ear. On one hand, it reminded of Dan Brereton’s old work in the terrific GiantKiller, but on the other more important hand, it reminded me that stories like this which are fun, have a heart, and incredibly slick art are basically why I started reading comics in the first place. Grade A+.