THIS WEEK: The world’s greatest heroes collide with the greatest icons of the Monsterverse in Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong #1.

Note: the review below contains spoilers. If you want a quick, spoiler-free buy/pass recommendation on the comics in question, check out the bottom of the article for our final verdict.

Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong #1

Writer: Brian Buccellato
Artist: Christian Duce
Colorist: Luis Guerrero
Letterers: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Cover Artists: Drew Johnson & Romulo Fajardo Jr.

DC and Legendary’s much-hyped crossover event series, Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong, at long last launches this week. The debut issue of the series serves primarily as setup for the main event, creating the conditions for the denizens of the Monsterverse to cross over into the DC Universe.

Writer Brian Buccellato is relying on the most iconic versions of DC’s heroes and villains in this book. The emotional heart of the issue is Superman’s upcoming proposal to Lois Lane, which Buccellato utilizes to great effect in displaying the relationships between the various members of the Justice League.

The main antagonists here are neither Godzilla nor Kong, but rather the Legion of Doom, which Buccellato and artists Christian Duce and Luis Guerrero amalgamate from the cartoon and comic book versions of the characters to come up with a group that’s at once extremely dangerous and cartoonishly inept. The Legion of Doom are the first DC characters to encounter the Monsterverse, and Grodd’s reaction to Kong is by far the highlight of the interaction.

Duce and Guerrero’s artwork is decent throughout the issue, if occasionally a little static. One imagines Duce was probably brought onto this series for his ability to draw screen-accurate versions of Godzilla and Kong, and from our glimpses of the two of them in this issue he definitely has those two down. Duce and Guerrero’s storytelling is straightforward and enjoyable, not flashy but also not always super-exciting. One imagines the visuals will kick into high gear once the punches start flying between superheroes and super-monsters.

Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong #1 is light on the titular throwdown, but does a nice job putting the pieces in place for the eventual confrontation, and having a lot of fun in the process. If you’re just here for the punchy-punch you might be a little disappointed in this first chapter, but as establishing pretense for a crossover goes, you could do a lot worse.

Final Verdict: BROWSE.


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