Godzilla in Hell Catching Fire
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.”