Godzilla in Hell #1

Godzilla in Hell #1

Writer: James Stokoe Artist: James Stokoe Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: July 15, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 5
8.4Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

Godzilla meets his greatest adversary of all time-the impossible tortures of Hell! Each issue of this special miniseries will see Godzilla enter a new level of the underworld to do battle with the impossible.

  • 10
    Villain Smash - Torin Chambers Jul 15, 2015

    Thats just a taste of the first few pages, later Godzilla faces off against something thatll remind people of that storm from Mad Max Road Fury, only with bodies instead of sand. Honestly its all fucking fantastic. Its like reading an amazing fanfiction you created in your head while playing with action figures when you were 8, if you were raised on equal parts catholicism and Godzilla films. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jul 20, 2015

    If there's one complaint I have with this book, it's that it's just too short. I'd love to have a whole series that maintains Stokoe's vision of Hell, rather than a different creator each time. Although some of the creator's work I love, like Dave Wachter closing out the series with issue five, seeing Stokoe draw the different levels of hell would be an amazing treat that would make for an even better oversized hardcover to enjoy each intricate line. That being said, I'm still a fan of the creators ahead and I'm curious to see their take on Godzilla and their unique visions of Hell. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Unleash The Fanboy - Daniel Alvarez Jul 15, 2015

    “GODZILLA IN HELL” is off to an intriguing start. We're not given any reason why G has entered the Lake of Fire, and I suppose that's the mystery which will be looked at in coming issues. So I won't count this unanswered question a negative. No human characters offers a fresh change of pace, since I think everyone has wondered what a Godzilla moviewould be like with no humans. Stokoe's art easily engages the reader from start to finish. What we have could very well go down as the most unique Godzilla tale of them all. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comix I Read - Kyle Pitman Jul 17, 2015

    Godzilla in Hell #1 was absolutely one of the best books of the week and if I'm not tongue-tied after reading the second one, you can bet I'll be reviewing it for the site. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Brett I Jul 16, 2015

    It goes without saying that I loved every aspect of this. James Stokoe and IDW has one of the best issues on the year on here, and you best not miss out. Even though next issue is from a different creator (Bob Eggleton, who has beautiful work), I cant imagine this comic losing much momentum. Why are you still reading this, GO GET IT! Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Jul 15, 2015

    Godzilla in Hell #1 delivers on exactly what is promised in the title. It's big, dynamic, violent, and oddly soulful. Stokoe is a consummate cartoonist of spectacle, paying exacting attention to every panel and consistently delivering big moments. This comic is a delight to read and read again. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Jul 14, 2015

    Between Godzooky and the much-maligned 1998 movie, Godzilla has always been a popular if poorly utilized character in the west. Godzilla in Hell #1 marks the most successful integration of Godzilla into western cultural canon, leaning heavily on the Christian concept of hell. Restrained in narrative but expertly realised in artwork, Godzilla in Hell #1 is a perfectly pitched single issue. Each instalment of Godzilla in Hell will be helmed by a different creative team, needless to say, the next team has quite an act to follow. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Fanboys Inc - Jeff Ayers Jul 16, 2015

    Whatever may happen after this issue is irrelevant. The amazing artwork that created such a feeling within these pages without the use of prose is mesmerizing and wonderful. This issue can stand alone as truly something magical within the realm of Godzilla, as well as comic books in general. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dana Keels Jul 21, 2015

    Once again, the book is extremely light on plot, and has more in common with a classic Samurai Jack episode or Heavy Metal album cover, if anything. And the result is nothing less than stellar. It may take you less than a minute to get through the book, but as soon as youre done youll want to take that plunge into hell again and again thanks to the beautifully nightmarish visions of hell. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - AD Boorman Jul 15, 2015

    In Dante's INFERNO, the reader takes a tour through Hell.  As show in the first issue of GODZILLA IN HELL, the King of Monsters will not be a passive observer.  This will definitely be an interesting ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Nick Nafpliotis Jul 13, 2015

    If you're any sort of Godzilla fan, you absolutely need to make sure this book is on your pull list. Otherwise, you can go straight to"well, you know". Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Garcia Jul 17, 2015

    "Godzilla in Hell" #1 kicks off IDW's latest kaiju series and each issue will supposedly feature a different creative team handling Gojira's journey into the underworld. It's bombastic and entertaining, exploding with memorable imagery and clever staging. Stokoe has set the bar high for the rest of this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 15, 2015

    But for now, it works. Stokoe's art makes sure of that. He was pretty much born to draw a Godzilla comic. His style is slightly cartoonish (capturing that campy Godzilla charm) but also amazingly detailed and intricate. The sheer amount of effort put into rendering all the scales and ridges and individual tiny figures in these panels is practically mind-boggling. Equally impressive is the sense of motion and energy in his panels. This comic plays very much like a classic Godzilla movie, albeit it with monsters on a far bigger and more elaborate scale. Even if this comic never develops a deeper conflict than what we see in this first issue, it'll be worth following just to see what new and twisted designs Stokoe can conjure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jul 20, 2015

    Reminiscent of the William Stout's style or Ricardo Delgado's work with "Age of Reptiles," the mostly silent "Godzilla in Hell" #1 is a thing of beauty. It's not meant for all readers, but any Godzilla fan that reads this is certain to find something to enjoy and revel in, right up to the final page. With "Godzilla in Hell" #1, IDW proves that there is no such thing as a bad idea and even the oddest pairings have potential for entertaining stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - David Gladman Jul 14, 2015

    Simply put, for all the brilliantly captured and well thought out action, Godzilla in Hell is the equivalent of a weekend spa break for the eyes; enjoyable, fun and refreshing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Pablo Arriaga Jul 15, 2015

    As a Stokoe fan, this is a fantastic pick up for a one-shot comic. As a Godzilla fan, Godzilla in Hell is off to a great start, with different creative teams taking over each issue. If Stokoe was to set the stage, he seems to have picked Madison Square Garden, or The Nippon Budokan. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - RobertJCross Jul 15, 2015

    I enjoyed it, but it's a fast read. Check it out if you're a fan. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Jul 15, 2015

    If I'm honest, this is the first time Godzilla has ever managed to bore me. There's just something lacking here, and I don't think anyone but the most die-hard ‘Zilla fan will be able to justify owning it. A few panels are amazing artistically, and the Hellzilla looks cool as can be, but there's just nothing else here. A fall, a nice stroll, another fall. I'm not sure how that's supposed to be entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Jul 15, 2015

    I am not a big fan of the comic book version of Godzilla.Taking out of the natural element of trampling cities, Godzilla becomes just a monster book. A well done, high quality monster book, but still just a monster book which may only appeal to hard-core fans. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 1, 2015

    The setting does allow for any number of bizarrely-designed threats Godzilla might encounter. Although I like the look of Godzilla here, his desolate surroundings and nightmarish antagonists don't do much for me. Readers more geared to horror comics are likely to get far more out of both the first issue and ongoing series than I will. Still, despite not explaining how he got there, Stokoe delivers a brand-new type of Godzilla story fans of the creature may appreciate. For fans. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jul 18, 2015

    "Godzilla In Hell" serves up a silent issue. Godzilla finds a creature to fight shortly after arriving in Hell. The comic doesn't provide too many details in the hows and whys but the battle is definitely something that is enjoyable. Stokoe provides some nice detailed pencil work and a decent, but limited color scheme. Rather than a lot of close-ups, we seem to get a bunch of distance shots that prevents the details from shining through. The comic is a decent read but nothing memorable. Give it a shot. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Jul 14, 2015

    This is no doubt an amazing idea, but unfortunately this debut issue doesnt deliver. Godzilla has three obstacles in this book, but there is no real sense of danger or stakes. Yes, this is Godzilla, but he usually doesnt come out of his fights unscathed. Perhaps, Stokoe is saving that for later issues, but one needs something to maintain readers for the follow-up. It's recommended that fans give this one a chance and issue two as well. Fingers crossed that when he actually enters the first circle that things start to heat up! Read Full Review

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