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Cannon's story might seem to be a joke at first, aimed at fans of “kaiju” films such as Godzilla, especially as illustrated in his candy-colored, cartoonish style. But the pain and horror of prison life is no laughing matter and readers will ache with sympathy for some characters, while seething with frustration or anger over others. Death, rape, and violence are all prevalent, as are corruption, greed, and short-sightedness. Though the various subplots are a bit confusing at first, especially as readers learn to understand the prison slang, liberally sprinkled with kaiju references, Cannon is a top-notch writer and illustrator, and readers will be sucked into his unique, yet familiar, world.
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You need to read Kaijumax. It's a prison story set on the island where captured kaiju go to serve their sentences, guarded by hacks that have Ultraman style suits that turn them into giants. Of course, it's prison, so there are all the prison problems - inter-species rivalry, prison messiahs preaching religion, substance abuse ("Yo 'zilla, you need some smog? Some U? Some Dioxin?") all the trappings of a prison drama. Corrupt guards! Kaiju rap battles! Monster sex!
It's gripping, funny, and very, very smart. Read it.
To be honest, it took me a while to differentiate between the various monsters. The early potion of the book jumps around a bit. Once it gains some more focus, the story starts to shine. It can be ridiculous at times, which is fine given the subject matter. I think it is easier to set aside some of the strange events because of the subject of the book. Yet, it addresses some real issues with prisons at the same time.
That is one of the strengths of the book. It gives the reader much more than they would expect going in. Yes there are some clichés that pop up. Cannon seems to include those more as homages to the things he loves more than anything else.
The art left me with mixed feelings. The styling is more like manga or anime. It fits the theme appropriately, but it didn't do a whole lot for me. I loved the color work though. It is flashy and bright in contrast to the dark events of the story.
This book is so far afield from what I would normally read and it's great. Definitely recommended for anyone that likes Godzilla (or other monsters), science fiction, or prison stories a la Orange is the New Black.
Both I and my girlfriend really wanted to read this because we're fans of the Ultraman and Godzilla franchises, but we were both unprepared for just how mature the content was. Although it has lots of nods to kaiju films (like a character named Ape-whale), but it's not really geared toward kaiju fans--it's more of a comic for "Orange is the New Black" fans. In this book are murder, prison rape, police brutality, abortion, drug abuse, and more, and it can get very disturbing despite everything happening to cartoon monsters. If you're into that sort of thing, this book is absolutely worth your money (although I am not a fan of the artwork), but if you were attracted to the kaiju theme because you wanted to read an Ultraman episode in comic form, this book is not for you.
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