It’s a battle of the Titans as… Superman asks Lois Lane to marry him? That’s the kick-off to Justice League Vs. Godzilla Vs. Kong #1 from DC Comics. It promises monster fights and brings on monster emotions.
We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!
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Justice League Vs. Godzilla Vs. Kong #1 Review:
Written by Brian Buccellato, with art by Christian Duce, the first issue of this monster mash-up sends the Injustice League to another Earth… Leading to Godzilla’s (and other Titans) emergence in the DCU. But in the meantime, Superman is getting ready to ask Lois Lane to marry him with the encouragement of the Justice League.
“I was so surprised by this,” host Justin Tyler said of the issue.
Alex Zalben was also surprised because “you are expecting a knock-down, drag-out fight.” However, he added that’s not how the Monsterverse movies are structured. “Let’s set up the humans, find their emotional reality. And then we bring on the monsters. That’s what they do here. And I love the fact that they do it with Superman… Wanting to propose to Lois.”
He added that the emotional gravity of the situation actually leads to real stakes once the monster attack begins, and wondered, “Oh my god, is something actually going to happen to Superman?”
Tyler liked the focus on the villains as well, calling it, “one of the more candid casual studies of the Injustice League.”
However, after Tyler questioned the inclusion of Kong as a little much — saying you really only need Justice League vs. Godzilla, Zalben did say, “it is weird that they have an entirely different giant monkey.” And in fact, not only is there Kong and an entirely different giant ape who fights the Justice League but there’s also Gorilla Grodd in the book. “That’s too many monkeys,” Zalben joked.
Pete LePage thought the book was a “ton of fun” and “epic, there’s so much much going on.”
Zalben also recalled one of his favorite parts of the book as when Kong, confused, is transported to the DCU. “That’s the sort of fun I want from the rest of this thing… I want it to be ludicrous and over the top. But I don’t think that’s going to happen because the Legendary movies are very serious to a fault.”
Wrapping up, Zalben said that Christian Duce’s art is “perfect for this… Godzilla looks great. Kong looks great. The other monsters look great.”
Justice League Vs. Godzilla Vs. Kong #1 Official Synopsis:
The cataclysmic crossover event of the year is here as the DC Universe clashes with Legendary’s Monsterverse in Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong.
Clark Kent is enjoying a night off with a very important dinner planned with his girlfriend, Lois Lane… When the entire city shudders under the weight of the monstrous Godzilla, who emerges from the bay!
What started as a routine clash between the Justice League and the Legion of Doom takes a dangerous turn when the wall between worlds is breached…with Godzilla, Kong, and the Monsterverse emerging on DC’s Earth! What ensues will be a brawl of unprecedented scale and destruction from acclaimed writer Brian Buccellato (Injustice) and bestselling artist Christian Duce (Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point)!