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Posted - 07/14/2016 :  3:29:23 PM  Show Profile  Visit Richv1's Homepage  Reply with Quote Bookmark and Share

Title: Kong of Skull Island # 1
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Written by: James Asmus
Illustrated by: Carlos Magno
Colors by: Brad Simpson
Letters by: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Felipe Massafera
Variant Covers: Nick Robles, Eric Powell, Ryan Sook, Paul Pope/Colors by Jason Wordie, Carlos Magno
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.boom-studios.com
Comments: Here we see there is more than one Kong. There are quite a few actually. They are part of a human society of natives.
The Kong's are drawn with a degree of furiousness.
Watching two Kong's battle is an awesome sight. They are huge and take up the whole page.
One group of Kong handlers find Skull Island and once there things heat up.
The comic moves along fairly slowly most of the time. Yes there are dinosaurs and giant gorillas but they need to be shown in more action.
The art is great but again it needs better poses and more action in it.
Having more than one Kong is a novel idea. The way they are treated almost as pets is strange to see. They should be shown more wild.


Title: Kong of Skull Island # 2
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Written by: James Asmus
Illustrated by: Carlos Magno
Colors by: Brad Simpson
Letters by: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Nick Robles
Variant Cover: Stan Sakai with Colors by Tom Luth
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Website: www.boom-studios.com
Comments: A huge battle is taking place dinosaurs vs kongs and humans. Yes kongs plural. The art shows off the creatures with a ferociousness that does fit the characters.
The kongs here are like pets used to service and fight for their masters. Although some do really care for them.
Politics play a part in this tribe's way of life. It can bring heartache to some.
The apes are illustrated amazingly. The story needs work. This is a different take on the Kong mythology. Here it is presented as something entirely new.
The story has kongs but focuses on the people of the tribe as much as anything. There is no King Kong at least not yet.


Title: Kong of Skull Island # 3
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Written by: James Asmus
Illustrated by: Carlos Magno
Colors by: Brad Simpson
Letters by: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Nick Robles
Variant Cover: Tadd Galusha
Based on Kong of Skull Island Created by: Joe DeVito
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Website: www.boom-studios.com
Comments: The Kongs are on a rampage. Ewata uses her more controlled Kongs to help control the more wild ones.
The tribe of people are fleeing their Island. Exactly what is going on is hard to figure out.
The Kongs are drawn great. They have a savage look to them. They can also be gentle.
There are politics being played here. They are not that interesting.
As the tribes people and their Kongs reach Skull Island they are armed and ready to fight. They are all looking savage and ready to battle to the death.


Title: Kong of Skull Island # 4
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Written by: James Asmus
Illustrated by: Carlos Magno
Colors by: Brad Simpson
Letters by: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Nick Robles
Variant Cover: Chris Brunner
Based on Kong of Skull Island Created by: Joe DeVito
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.boom-studios.com
Comments: On Skull Island all Hell breaks loose as the native and their Kongs make their way inland. Things get real intense real fast.
The action quickly subdues as well. We get into the politic side of the tribe as to who is leading them.
Most of the tribe and the Kongs are just trying to survive.
The art on the Kongs and the dinosaurs looks great. The wild setting for this series does come through. Now a surprise is in how the dinosaurs are acting. There is more to them than you might first suspect.
This as an origin as to how Kong came to be seems to be working out good so far.


Title: Kong of Skull Island # 5
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Written by: James Asmus
Illustrated by: Carlos Magno
Colors by: Brad Simpson
Letters by: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Nick Robles
Variant Cover: George Caltsoudas
Based on Kong of Skull Island Created by: Joe DeVito
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.boom-studios.com
Comments: On Skull Island the natives and the Kongs fight to survive. The natives are hard pressed to stay alive. They take the fight to the dinosaurs killing them off. It is a savage battle. It is ape vs dinosaur in this primative land.
There is way to much politics within the tribe. Some are more concerned about who is in charge than they are with staying alive.
The natives make a trek inward on the Island. Meanwhile the Shaman, the Queen, the Mistress and others talk and plan politics. None of them seem to realize it should all be about staying alive. Why? Plus the politics are hard to follow.
The Kong are illustrated nicely to show their savage side and the same for the dinosaurs. The people look like natives.
The Kong do look awesome in battle.


Title: Kong of Skull Island # 6
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Written by: James Asmus
Illustrated by: Carlos Magno
Colors by: Brad Simpson
Letters by: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Nick Robles
Variant Cover: Artyom Trakhanov
Based on Kong of Skull Island Created by: Joe DeVito
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.boom-studios.com
Comments: Natives, kongs and dinosaurs are involved in one savage battle to see who rules. As the battle for life and death continues so to does the battle to rule these people with plans to murder a member of the tribe.
This comic has the first ever conjoined twin dinosaur. This creature is a fierce killing machine.
The art is to crowded. To undefined. It works on the big monsters but not on the smaller drawings.
The tribe does survive after a hard won victory. Valla a kong survives as well.
The tribe goes on and this is the beginning of how King Kong comes to be. It is a great back ground filler on his legend.


Title: Kong of Skull Island # 7
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Written by: James Asmus
Illustrated by: Carlos Magno
Colors by: Jeremy Lawson
Letters by: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Nick Robles
Based on Kong of Skull Island Created by: Joe DeVito
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.boom-studios.com
Comments: The Untamed Kong Valla is an imposing sight. She is big and powerful and also intelligent.
The art is primitive. The jungles of this Island with its creatures is a savage place. The Kong do fit in. We see Valla battling dinosaurs here and it is a bloody savage sight.
As we see another Kong from the jungle you will realize just how hard they have fought just to survive. They have however not only survived but started to thrive.
The Kong's are more than just wild savage beasts. They feel and care not only about their former masters but about each other.
This is the original take of King Kong and it is one of savage beauty.


Title: Kong of Skull Island # 8
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Written by: James Asmus
Illustrated by: Carlos Magno
Colors by: Jeremy Lawson
Letters by: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Nick Robles
Based on Kong of Skull Island Created by: Joe DeVito
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.boom-studios.com
Comments: This Island is a violent place. The Kong that have survived are illustrated as savage beasts. They have adopted to their surroundings.
The Kong's are illustrated in a savage knock down drag out fight. These beasts will captivate you as they fight. All the while a baby Kong somehow manages to stay safe in the middle of it.
The tribe well they are there but we do not get into them much. It would be nice to learn more about who is who and what their agendas are. Building a safe place and distrusting the exiled Kong are the only things made known.
The baby Kong is drawn cute. You know though who he will grow up to be and here you see his start in life. From humble beginnings come great things and great beasts.


Title: Kong of Skull Island # 9
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Written by: James Asmus
Illustrated by: Carlos Magno
Colors by: Jeremy Lawson
Letters by: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Nick Robles
Based on Kong of Skull Island Created by: Joe DeVito
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.boom-studios.com
Comments: There are politics going on within the tribe. Ewata controls the Kong and with them the tribe. Others though would prefer there was no kongs.
The kong Valla is shown briefly in battle with a dinosaur. It is a violent fight.
The primitive scenes are a delight to see. The tribe members look just as you would expect.
More action would be a nice addition to this story.
Princess K'Vanni is in the center of things. She is a little girl but her position makes her of value as a playing piece. She can change the way things go.




Title: Kong of Skull Island # 10
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Written by: James Asmus
Illustrated by: Carlos Magno
Colors by: Jeremy Lawson
Letters by: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Nick Robles
Based on Kong of Skull Island Created by: Joe DeVito
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.boom-studios.com
Comments: The Queen's daughter has bee kidnapped. Also the baby Kong has been taken. It is drawn with expressive expressions.
The natives fight among themselves. There are two factions one for the Kongs and one against.
The Deathrunners, small deadly dinosaurs are drawn to leave no doubt they are evil and hungry. The different coloring on them gives them variety.
The Queen's daughter faces a horror she was not expecting. Will her mother be able to save her in time?
The politics of infighting in this divided tribe have run on to long.
The Queen is a strong woman and mother willing to take on anyone or thing to save her daughter. She is shown as an amazing woman.


Title: Kong of Skull Island # 11
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Written by: James Asmus
Illustrated by: Carlos Magno
Colors by: Jeremy Lawson
Letters by: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Kim Myatt
Based on Kong of Skull Island Created by: Joe DeVito
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.boom-studios.com
Comments: The creature art is gorgeously done with a fierceness to it that is primordial. Among the creatures is the Feral Kong.
Various factions are fighting over the Kong's. They want to either use them or kill them. The humans, Kong's and other monsters all run free on this Island.
The ruler of one faction wants her daughter and the future Queen safe. The other leader wants the daughter dead. A mother will do anything to protect her child.
The story itself is not all that interesting. Plus it is hard to follow parts of it. The characters are not played up enough to make them memorable.
All hell breaks loose on the Island as dinosaurs and Kong's alike go on a killer rampage. The art does bring out the ferocity of these beasts.


Title: Kong of Skull Island # 12
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Written by: James Asmus
Illustrated by: Carlos Magno
Colors by: Jeremy Lawson
Letters by: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Kim Myatt
Based on Kong of Skull Island Created by: Joe DeVito
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.boom-studios.com
Comments: Here we start out with utter chaos the dinosaur monsters are in a berserker rage. The Kong as well have been driven mad. Through it all a mother searches and finds her daughter. The daughter is strong and forgiving. She shows the signs of a Queen.
The people are drawn flat looking. The monsters though especially Kong looks awesome. Kong is drawn as a fearsome beast. He stands tall above all others.
The tribe after much infighting and plotting join together. They live on Skull Island and so does Kong. Kong is treated, feared and protected like a God.

Richard Vasseur
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