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Kaijumax Season One: Terror and Respect Paperback – March 8, 2016
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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.
This wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't what I was expecting. Mainly I wasn't expecting it to be as dark and depressing as it was. I mean it's a really good story and it's interesting how they've used the kaiju as a metaphor for real-life prisons [although honestly I think a lot of kaiju related references went straight over my head, suuuper casual fan over here] but the whole thing is just ...so depressing. I mean I knew it was going to be serious but I thought they would try to balance it out or something and just ...nope. So if you want to read something super depressing and you think you will get all the in-references that I feel like I missed then this is probably for you, but it just wasn't for me.
A remote island in the South Pacific serves as a supermax, or kaijumax, prison for out of control monsters. They all live here in uneasy peace. There are radioactive monsters and robotic ones and weird natural ones like giant goats and a bigfoot. The guards manage them using powered suits that help them grow to a size that helps give them an advantage. Not all the guards are clean though. Some have their own cons and blackmail going on.
I really liked the concept. I liked how it mimicked a prison story. I even liked the slang and profanity that was made up for the story. The art is pretty average, and the writing just left me wanting it to be over. I have the next volume to read, and I'm hoping that one is more interesting.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Oni Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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.
This fun story brings empathy out for giant rampaging monsters. It's a look into their side of the story. This comic book takes place in a giant prison full of these kaiju. The designs of all these characters are cool, fun and original while still referencing well known giant beasts.
I give this comic a 3/5. The book didn't keep my full attention, but that could be because I'm not very familiar with kaiju.
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