Review: Godzilla in Hell #3

Godzilla In Hell #3 answers the question of how Godzilla ended up in Hell in the first place. And It turns out he took the long way around. Unlike the previous issues, Godzilla doesn’t start in Hell. Instead he is getting a nice tan in Rio de Janeiro, and also beating the shit out of the city while fighting Space Godzilla. The destruction doesn’t just expand to Rio or Brazil, the clash of these two ends life on Earth, and fucking Earth itself. From there, King Kaiju wakes up in a bright field with a monstrous (literally) mountain in front of him and flying creatures surrounding him, telling Godzilla to submit and serve peace. Well, guess what? You don’t fucking tell Godzilla what to do.

That’s a whole lot of story and this issue hasn’t hit the halfway point yet. Instead of being an issue that gives you another take on the monster battling the eternal flames, Frietas, Farinas, and Moody have decided to expand the story and show you how he ended up in the Afterlife altogether. It’s a very fresh take on what could run the risk of becoming a dull and almost regurgitating concept. Because there is a lot more story told in this issue, there wasn’t space for dull moments. In every panel, everywhere Godzilla looks, there is someone or something coming at him, while the reader can enjoy the many all the worlds Godzilla gets to destroy, along with the forces of Heaven and Hell. Seriously, this issue should be enjoyed with Black Sabbath’s Heaven and Hell.

GODZILLAHELL_03-coverAThe art if fresh and action packed. Everywhere you look there is something going on. Unlike issue one, it’s not about just appreciating Stokoe’s insane attention to detail, yet in Godzilla In Hell #3, Buster Moody gives you more in every panel that just what Godzilla is doing, from having the Christ the Redeemer shake increasingly more and more until it explodes completely from the sheer power of Godzilla and his alien nemesis, and making that a foreshadowing of what’s to come in the rest of the issue. Moody, along with the help of Ludwig Laguna Olimba give a much lighter tone to all the action with great colors that contrast well the series’ predecessors, I even had a really hard time picking between the regular cover or the great black and white variant by Ulises Farinas (if you can afford it, you should get both).

My only request for this issue was the lack of monsters, and three issues into this series, we’ve seen plenty of enemies of Godzilla, but no allies. You’d hope that Mothra and the Shobijin would have made it to Heaven, right? No one wants to see those two adorable twins battling it out in Hell.

Godzilla In Hell #3 is a great issue that re-energizes the lost excitement caused by issue two. It is good to see the difference between a solo work and the work of a collaboration. I could continue my praise of this issue, but you should go see this by yourself, because the destruction goes on, and on, and on… Heaven and Hell!

Score: 4/5

Godzilla in Hell #3 Writers: Ulises Farinas & Eric Frietas Artist: Buster Moody Color Assist: Ludwig Laguna Olimba Publisher: IDW Publishing Price: $3.99 Release Date: 9/30/15 Format: Mini-Series; Print/Digital