Published: March 8th, 2016
Written by: Zander Cannon
Art by: Zander Cannon
Oni Press, 168 Pages
I love kaiju. I love comics. So how about a comic about kaiju?
I’ve heard good things about Zander Cannon’s past work and I laso heard good things about this series.
Unfortunately, and I am just as surprised as anyone, but this just didn’t resonate with me. It was very childlike in its art, which is fine but it just wasn’t my cup of tea. It was also very humorous and while I appreciate all the subtle references to other things within the kaiju genre, it wasn’t my sort of comedy.
I liked the concept, I liked the ideas, I even liked some of the characters but the story just doesn’t seem to stay on the rails very well.
This is more of an homage to the Ultraman pocket of the kaiju universe than say Godzilla or Gamera. I liked that too, as everyone wants to milk Godzilla to death and Ultraman is pretty underappreciated in Western culture. But ultimately, I’d rather just read an Ultraman story with a style of humor similar to what I like about that franchise’s comedic side.
Kaijumax was still a worthwhile experience because I love kaiju. This does resonate with others from what I’ve seen online, as far as reviews and reactions to it. I’m probably the odd man out and other kaiju fans will disagree with me.
Pairs well with: Other releases in this series and also the IDW Godzilla comics, although those aren’t nearly as comedic.