Godzilla in Hell Catch­ing Fire

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Usu­ally con­fined to ram­pag­ing across Earth, the King of Mon­sters will soon be de­scend­ing to the fiery depths of Hades it­self. De­vised by edi­tor Bobby Curnow, Godzilla In Hell sees a re­volv­ing team of cre­ators guiding Toho’s fa­mous daikaiju, start­ing with writer/ artist James Stokoe, who makes his first re­turn to the char­ac­ter since 2011’ s Half- Cen­tury War.

“I’d done a straight Godzilla story with that book, so get­ting a chance to work on some­thing dif­fer­ent and on a stranger slant was re­ally ex­cit­ing,” says Stokoe.

De­scribed as “new ter­ri­tory” for him, the Big Grey Gecko ini­tially finds him­self out of his nat­u­ral el­e­ment. “Godzilla’s al­ways go­ing to be Godzilla no mat­ter where he is,” says Stokoe. “Things might get a lit­tle more bizarre… but I think his re­ac­tions will be recog­nis­able for any­one who has seen a Godzilla movie.”

Com­par­ing it to “writ­ing a Liam Nee­son ac­tion movie with all the shreds of hu­man­ity sucked out of it,” Stokoe in­sists he found no dif­fi­culty in pen­ning a story with no recog­nis­able hu­man pro­tag­o­nists. “Godzilla doesn’t need to steam­roll from point A to point B be­cause his daugh­ter is taken,” says Stokoe, who will be fol­lowed on the five- parter by fel­low Godzilla vet­er­ans Dave Wachter and Bob Eggleton plus new­com­ers such as Bran­don Seifert. “He does it be­cause he’s Godzilla and stuff ex­plodes when it’s in his way!”

“Some days, all I re­ally want is a de­cent wash­ing ma­chine.”

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