October 2, 2013

Indie Reviews: Kodoja: Terror Mountain Showdown #2 & 3

img012Kodoja: Terror Mountain Showdown #2 & 3
Publisher: Self published
Writer: Keith Foster
Artist: Rory Smith (cover by Elroy Jenkins)
Editor/art director: Lance Pilgrim

Listen up, Kaiju fans! Kodoja is back, with two more solid issues of Terror Mountain Showdown! This issue starts off with a giant monster picking up some dude like a Kit Kat, and tossing him in his mouth! Why a robot would do this, no one seems to know or isn’t telling. The President is going off the deep end, and trying to somehow stop a creature that was never meant to be used in this way. By issue’s end, it seems as though humanity has made a breakthrough, but honestly, their chances are slim!

The government having no clue as to how to stop this rampaging creature is one of the best plot points, for sure. They created it, but have no idea how to stop it, which is kind of crazy, but also true to form if you really think about it. How often has the government or some agency created something and it spun out of control? It happens more than you’d think it should.

Issue number three provided a bit of a twist, as the monster now has something to worry about in the form of some kind of snake-like creature than has appeared from a hole in the ground. Is this good or bad? On one hand, it seems like it’s slowing the beast down, but then again, if it kills Kodoja, then what? Yeah, a real predicament that the world is in, and after the snake replicates, the crap is really about to hit the fan!


More all out action in this kaiju book that really has brought something new to the table. A new angle, new creatures, and artwork that really fits the story perfectly. Artist Rory Smith has a style that sets a tone for the book by being very coarse, but not in a bad way. Some books are that way, to the point of not being able to tell characters apart from one another, but not here. Smith does a great job in rendering everything the same every time, so you know who’s who, from one page to the next.

This is one of those projects that you can see now without being hindered by preconceived notions because of a big name publisher or anything like that. It truly is an indie book with no ties, but doesn’t need to make any excuses or apologies for what it is. That is something missing in a lot of books these days, and it’s really sad. Keith Foster, Rory Smith, Lance Pilgrim, and Elroy Jenkins put it all out there, and that you’ve got to respect! Rating 4/5

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Billy Dunleavy



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