Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong #1 review

The corporate machine keeps churning and we end up with a product like Justice League vs Godzilla vs Kong. The title is very self explanatory and the comic is delivers on the idea. Nothing special if you ask me but it does entertain and remind you to consume more Detective Comics and Legendary Comics.

Brian Buccellato throws in a wedding, a couple iconic villains and a plot that has everyone fighting and you can be satisfied that the story will be just serviceable enough to not be completely vapid and uninteresting. It’s the checkbox equivalent of storytelling that feels incredibly formulaic and all of these decisions for where the plot is supposed to go can be expected by anyone that bothers to be invested. The wedding does come back in a nice way but that’s the tiniest little crumb of congratulations I can really give.

I’m also not a huge fan of the split storytelling between the heroes and villains with the banter on both sides barely making me chuckle. When you divide the story and force the audience to follow separate groups who must eventually confront each other you give the reader a lot of information that is often left unexplored. The mystery of why the bad guys are doing what they’re doing doesn’t exist and instead we get the feeling that they’re basically just rushing to commit their evil scheme because DC called them up and said “hey we need people to get their ass handed to them”.

This comic is so barebones that I have the time to bring up the debate I’ve had with many people about products like this. Of course the end goal of these is to make money and as a reminder of the corporate greed of these companies, the very existence of this story might be a tough pill to swallow. However, that’s the world we live in and artists need to make money somehow. So I don’t judge artists for taking on these projects and I don’t blame them for doing very bland things with them. I don’t think the fact that these are cash grabs means we can’t possibly have true artistic vision or whatever. The LEGO movie (and LEGO Batman movie) is a great movie that delivers lots of fun scenes and story elements despite its obvious money making motives.

I’m kind of in a love-hate relationship with Christian Duce’s art in this issue. I can easily admire the intimidating way that Godzilla is drawn and how he imposes respect by taking up so much space. The overall look of the comic looks weird to me though. It reminds me of the kind of cheap comics I would read as a kid that look too clean and neat to feel real. The outlines are wax-like and for all the great character designs and classic poses the art feels very lifeless at times. This weird feeling isn’t happening all the time, there are some pages and panels that look slick but for the most part I’m just not feeling it.

Recommended if…

  • You like the Justice League
  • You love Godzilla
  • You’re a fan of Kong


There’s nothing offensive about this issue. It’s not poorly written or ugly to look at. It just feels lifeless. Like the corporate product it was meant to be. I can’t recommend this to someone but I can’t say to avoid it like the plague. Maybe you’ve always wanted this kind of story to happen, in which case, have at it! CONSUME.

Score: 5/10

DISCLAIMER: DC Comics provided Batman-News with a copy of this comic for the purposes of this review.
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