Last Friday, I went to the Godzilla in Hell #4 release party at Bridge City Comics.
This was my first time at Bride City Comics. My home store is Floating World Comics so I don’t often go to other shops. Bridge City is a great shop in a very hip and fun part of Portland. I picked up a few back issues to add to my collection along with Godzilla in Hell #4.
I also ran into my friend Matt who was purchasing blank cover comics to use for commissions. He actually showed me his large collection of original cover sketches. You can see them here on his Tumblr. Matt is in the process of getting a multi Marvel character cover done by several artists, including Moustafa, who drew Hulk and the Thing beautifully. I wish I had a picture to show you.
It was a lot of fun listening to the All-Portland team talk about their process behind putting the issue together. I am no Godzilla specialist, I actually have never seen any Godzilla movies except the most recent American one (I know, blasphemy!) but I still enjoyed the issue immensely.
In the story, Godzilla is stuck in a city with two of his most relentless arch-enemies: Ghidorah and Destoroyah (Gosh, I hope I got their names right). They are stuck fighting each other and, when they die, they keep coming back to life. Being stuck fighting forever is Hell for Godzilla. The entire issue has not dialogue but the team does a great job of conveying the action and Godzilla’s “thinking” with dynamic layouts and pacing.
Kyle Yount from the Kaijucast Podcast was there to conduct a short Q&A with the team. It was fascinating listening to Brandon Seifert talk about his google map research on Tokyo or how he and Ibrahim Moustafa came up with the concept of “Hide, Seek, and Destroy”: Godzilla is not as tall as some of the buildings in Tokyo so he can hide behind them.
I highly recommend reading the limited series and will purchase it when it comes out in TPB. I also encourage you to check out Bridge City Comics for its laid back atmosphere and friendly staff.