Kaijumax #1

Kaijumax #1

Writer: Zander Cannon Artist: Zander Cannon Publisher: Oni Press Release Date: April 8, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18
8.2Critic Rating
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Welcome to Kaijumax, where the worst of the worst monsters are safely locked away from the human world, whether they be villains, anti-heroes, eco-parables, or nuclear metaphors. Electrogor is ripped away from his family and struggles to determine whom to trust, which gangs to avoid, and when to take on the big man to show you aren't to be trifled with. Also: the nation of Mecha!

  • 10
    Fangoria - Svetlana Fedotov Apr 13, 2015

    Being serious while also being a bit goofy go hand-in-hand in both the movies and in KAIJUMAX, making this comic one of the truer "and much more interesting- of the kaiju comic adaptations. A unique inclusion to the growing mythos of Japanese monsters, this is definitely a work we will be seeing more of. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Jhoan Suriel Feb 3, 2017

    Come for the unique kaijus, stay for the quirky prison drama. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    IGN - Tres Dean Apr 9, 2015

    Okay, a comic about a maximum security prison island for giant monsters should not be as emotionally devastating as Zander Cannon's Kaijumax, debuting this week from Oni Press. What could easily be a light, wacky book is instead, under the deft hand of Cannon, a compelling prison story with a tremendous amount of heart. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Feb 2, 2017

    Though I still have a full "season" and a half to catch up on, Oni Press did me and others who missed out a great service with its Square One Marketing push and the $1 edition of the stellar Kaijumax #1. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White Apr 10, 2015

    "Kaijumax" is one of those really wonderful comics that needs no explanation. It's unusual; it's visually appealing; it's funny; it's hella dark. Some may find its remixing of other stories and genres derivative, but it's hard to argue with the fresh, almost breezy, execution. For anyone who's ever wondered where the monsters go once the rubble settles, "Kaijumax" is skyscraper-tall tale that's sure to please. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts Mar 10, 2015

    It's a monster book for all ages and Cannon's cartoony style doesn't slack on the action or emotion of these creatures. He's added a sympathetic tone to the monsters here, which is a nice spin instead of them assaulting the world just because they can. Kaijumax is perfect for those looking to get something for a little monster of their own, or for the kaiju fan who doesn't feel like waiting for Pacific Rim 2. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 11, 2015

    I've been in the mood for fun, colorful and original comics these days, and Kaijumax is that perfect sort of comic. It's bright and a little cartoony, but the subject matter is also the right kind of serious. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Matthew Fisher Apr 7, 2015

    This book is fantastic. My only gripe about it is that it's EXTREMELY "inside baseball". If Kand Ultraman are not your things you can still enjoy this book. However, if you're anything like me, you'll be pestered a bit by the glaring notion that you aren't getting all the jokes or fully understanding the characters because you lack a lifetime's worth of knowledge concerning a very specific niche in the nerd-verse. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    That's Not Current - Rachel Bellwoar Jan 31, 2017

    Kaijumax imagines what it would be like if humans created an island prison for kaiju movie monsters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Apr 7, 2015

    Kaijumax‘s debut was a ton of fun that didn't take itself too seriously. Yet, Zander Cannon can take such a goofy concept and make it both serious and silly. As a reader you find yourself relating more to the monsters rather than the human characters. Kaijumax is a prime example of how imaginative and entertaining the comics medium can be in the hands of the right creators, or in this case, creator. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Apr 8, 2015

    If you like Godzilla or any other Kaiju stories then this is a no-brainer to pick up. It's honestly better than 90% of the stuff IDW has done with the official Godzilla license and with just one issue has already restored my faith in the genre working as a comic. It's really freaking good and Cannon clearly has an understanding and appreciation for Kaiju even if he's not telling a traditional Kaiju story. Also don't let the prison part scare you way from sharing this with kids, it's actually surprisingly PG in the way it's handled and better for it. The bottom line is that you should check out Kaijumax #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Apr 8, 2015

    "Kaijumax" #1 is slightly silly with some strong drama. We learn that Electrogor is more than just a rampaging monster; he's someone with a real drive and backsground. Presumably, we'll learn about more of the characters over time; I'm especially looking forward to seeing more about the cringing Creature from Devil's Creek. With even little details thought through, like the creatures using "Goj" instead of "God" (once you realize why, you'll laugh), it'll make you want to learn more about the strange world of "Kaijumax" that Cannon has created. This has a ton of potential and, more importantly, it lives up to that in this first issue. I'll definitely be back for issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Matthew Mossman Apr 21, 2015

    Point blank, the characters are all fun and interesting. The art is superb and, despite going 100% digitally, Cannon keeps the silver age aesthetics alive. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Overmental - Andrew Tran Apr 8, 2015

    While the premise of man as monster and kaiju as hapless creature isn't anything new, the charm of both the art and the writing carry the new series very nicely, making this a great title to pick up if you can't wait for more Pacific Rim, or if you're looking for something lighthearted, yet not entirely fluffy. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Apr 12, 2015

    Additionally, it provides a compelling narrative underneath all the gags and visual humor, and it's all supported by a ferociously imaginative and well-crafted world that never comes off shallow or underdone. It also helpsKaijumaxhas a genuine affection for the period in monster movie history its riffing on and never comes off as dismissive or mocking towards the visual tropes its paying homage. I'm not sure people who aren't already big fans of the giant monster movies will likeKaijumaxas much as I did. I'd still recommend it for the curious or the diehard Kaiju fans in the audience. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Apr 11, 2015

    Kaijumax puts a unique and fun spin on the prison genre by adding giant monsters.  Electrogar's story is heartwrenching.  He's going to have to toughen up fast if he hopes to survive behind bars and get back to his kids.  If Cannon follows the next phase of your typical prison story, the monster will insult the cook or try to dig a tunnel out of here like Steve McQueen. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Outright Geekery - A-Ku Apr 6, 2015

    A light, fun read that I did in fact enjoy. If you are a fan of kaiju based comics and movies, most definitely pick this up because flaws and all, it is a fun and quite unique little comic and I still see potential for it to get better as it goes along. For others, it's fun, it's a change and it's something new and different. It's what attracted someone like me who likes to dabble and if you feel you are an open-minded sort who likes to do that, it's a better choice than many new comics that you might come across. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - Chris Jobson Apr 8, 2015

    This being said, however, I still liked Zander Cannons basic premise. Capitalising on the recent popularity and rise in interest in the aforementioned franchises, he is throwing out a rather simple idea, what if Kaiju werent killed off, just sentenced to a jail term?”  Honestly though, I think this is aimed towards a more teen demographic and while it will undoubtedly be someones cup of tea, it unfortunately is definitely not mine. Read Full Review

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