Kong of Skull Island #1

Kong of Skull Island #1

Writer: James Asmus Artist: Carlos Magno Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: July 13, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 4
7.4Critic Rating
6.9User Rating

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King Kong, world-famous and original gargantuan ape, is the progenitor of an entire genre, spawning sequels, remakes, and countless other interpretations. You know Kong. You love Kong!
King Kong was created by Merian C. Cooper, and Kong of Skull Island is grounded in artist/author Joe DeVito's ground-breaking literary property Skull Island. This story is exclusively authorized and endorsed by the Cooper family as their official King Kong/Skull Island prequel and sequel origin story.
Two fractured and combative civilizations are forced to band together as they venture onto Skull Island-their new home.
From All-New Inhumans writer James Asmus and Planet of the Apes artist Carlos Magno.

  • 10
    ComiConverse - Mitch Nissen Aug 26, 2016

    The 1933 film King Kong is arguably one of the most influential films of all time and perhaps the most important film in regards to cinema special effects and genre films. And the king of Skull Island himself is one of the most well known icons the world over. Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    Slackjaw Punks - Duff Jul 13, 2016

    Writer James Asmus(All-New Inhumans) and artist Carlos Mango (Planet of the Apes)craft a comic so strong Kong creator Merian C. Cooper would personal hand them a victory cigar. Can't recommend it enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jul 16, 2016

    Outstanding reading for fans of monsters, action, and the original giant of cinema. I was floored by every page and am eagerly awaiting to see what follows. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Anthony Wendel Jul 13, 2016

    Unlike other comics tied into movies this one is essential reading. It helps to build on the new mythology which is being created for King Kog. Hopefully, the rest of the series will be just as entertaining as this first issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 14, 2016

    Carlos Magno delivers what might be the best work of his career. He brings the island and its literally larger-than-life inhabitants to life thanks to his intricate line-work and dynamic camera angles. If a King Kong story needs scope in its visuals, this book has plenty to spare. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Matthew Strackbein Jul 14, 2016

    Seriously, if your local shop doesnt have this book on the shelf, make them order it. If the shipment is delayed, dont give up and make sure to go back for this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Project-Nerd - Erica Jul 27, 2016

    As of right now, it is hard to say whether or not Kong of Skull Island will deliver a praise-worthy comic adventure. This first issue's conflict did not grab me. Personally, it had a predictable quality to it; of course, it is difficult to have much else when you are working with twenty-five pages and need a reason for people to set foot upon a notoriously dangerous island. That said, I do think it deserves a chance to develop its story further. After all, there are six issues in the series, and I know for a fact readers will enjoy the artwork. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Flickering Myth - Tony Black Jul 15, 2016

    By the climax, Skull Island begins to hover into view and after a scene-setting beginning, we are promised some adventure and mystery mixed with mythology, given how supernatural beasts appear to hover around the island itself, a place already peppered with legend. Kong and Skull Island looks gorgeous and while it tries to pack a lot into this opening issue, laying lots of threads on the table, it's an enjoyable beginning with the promise of an engaging story to come. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Jul 13, 2016

    Kong of Skull Island #1 isn't quite what I imagined it would be, but nevertheless it did more than enough to leave me wanting to read more. Despite having little in the way of depth or focus, the creative team did show plenty of promise, with Skull Island being more mysterious than ever before. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    AiPT! - Nick Nafpliotis Jul 12, 2016

    There's also a really cool framework being set up for the mythology of King Kong and Skull Island. Combine that with the great art (and the character of Ewata), and Kong of Skull Island is good enough to give a chance for at least one more issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Multiversity Comics - Liam Budd Jul 14, 2016

    An overall chaotic and confusing start to the story of King Kongs origins. Thankfully the art is as spectacular as it should be. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - Mike Annernio Jul 14, 2016

    At the end of the day, is this book a total waste of time? No, not really. There are interesting ideas and a pretty cool set up for future issues, but its just not enough to make it anything special. It may not be a waste of your time, but is it worth your money? Is it worth going out of your way to pick up? No, not really. Its a lot of wasted potential, but thankfully this is only the first issue and they have 5 more to flesh out the world and story. Hopefully they can improve along the way and flesh out this lore to its full potential, because there really is potential for an interesting series here. I just hope that the 6-issue restraint isnt forcing them to rush a story that needs more room to breath. Only time will tell where this series will go, and Ill certainly be picking up next months issue, but as of right now this isnt exactly a Must Read title. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gizmo Jul 29, 2016

    I'm surprised at how good this was. Comics based on old movies often fall short, but this one adds and extra level to the mythology that never occurred to me. Of course Kong was never the only giant gorilla! So what happened to the others and how do they tie in with the indigenous people of the island? Genius! Plus, it's always a pleasure to see Carlos Magno's artwork, I loved his work on the Planet of the Apes comics, he's probably the best artist on Boom's roster!

  • 7.5
    JAC8285 Aug 6, 2016

  • 6.5
    Houdini Aug 13, 2016

  • 5.5
    DXO Aug 10, 2016

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