Review: KAIJUMAX #2

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KAIJUMAX #2
Written by Zander Cannon
Art by Zander Cannon
Published by Oni Press
Release Date: May 20, 2015

In a world full of giant monsters (Kaiju) there is a need for a place to put them after they destroy cities. That place is Kaijumax, a twist on the Monster Island aspect of Godzilla and other numerous Kaiju media.

Zander Cannon’s vision for a kaiju prison is unique. Kaijumax isn’t too concerned with how this world works or an overall master scheme. Instead, Cannon chooses to focus on the characters. Which given these are giant monsters that is no small task. He manages to find motivations for every character—monster or human. The story of this issue revolves around two vastly different characters in Electrogor and Gupta.

Electrogor is concerned about protecting and providing for his children. That is something that speaks to the reader on a deeper level. This isn’t a monster that is out for destroying cities. He is only concerned with his children and their well-being. In stark contrast, we have Gupta a prison guard that looks only after himself. He is your stereotypical screw: dirty, dealing, and worst of all—a jerk. The dueling narratives between two shows that Cannon can flew some serious muscles in the writing arena. He manages to evoke emotions out of characters that are challenging. He personifies monsters and makes monsters out of the humans. It is truly delightful.

The writing would be for naught if it wasn’t for Cannon’s ability on the drawing board. He takes on every aspect of the comic (outside of some color techniques) and you can see his passion and care in every facet. The monsters are diverse and wild and the prison staff is obvious homages to the classics like Ultraman and the like.

Designs aside Zander manages to be incredibly strong at conveying emotions out of non-traditional faces. These monsters will make you feel. You will care about Electrogor’s kids because of how sad and concerned he looks when talking about it. These nuances are hard to capture let alone in an arthropodic monster.

The lettering of this comic is great. It is hand drawn and conveys personality along with each line of dialog. There is only one flaw with it, though. During the aquatic sequences the balloons take on a thought bubble appearance which is similar to the bubbles that surround Electrogor. This made it challenging to follow, but the scene is brief and not much time is lost.

Still, Kaijumax is something special and a comic everyone should be reading. It is rich in character and beautiful in design. Cannon’s passion and years of experience in comics comes together to create a world that is delightful. Kaijumax #2 (and the whole series) is for anyone that has ever enjoyed a giant monster movie. It is phenomenal in what Cannon creates.

The Verdict: 9.5/10

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