REVIEW: 'The Giant Kokju' #2 by Gerry Duggan, Scott Koblish, and Hi-Fi



Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Scott Koblish, Hi-Fi
Letterer: Joe Sabino
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: May 17, 2023
Cover Price: $3.99

The writer and artist behind the bestest Deadpool comics in existence reunite to tell the hella screwed-up story of a giant monster...with very physical needs.

San Francisco is under threat from King Dong, if you will. Our entire world is threatened by this monster and its gross needs. Frank Gray foretold this monster's coming, and now it's up to him to bring matters to a climax...with the help of a mothballed mecha from the Disco Era. It's a giant monster attack like you've never seen before, or ever will again.


★★★★☆ (4/5)

'The Giant Kokju' #2 by Gerry Duggan, Scott Koblish, and Hi-Fi is unabashedly absurd, silly, and entertaining. It's the kind of funny spoof that we don't often see in comics as much nowadays. So, in reading reviews for it, people either like it or hate it. This is fair but this genre of comedic buffoonery is underappreciated and perhaps lost on some people. This is basically "National Lampoon's Godzilla" for all intents and purposes and it's just a sophomoric joyride.

Issue two picks up where the first left off with the giant kaiju rampaging San Francisco while in heat and laying waste to whatever building he can lay his enormous boner through. Meanwhile, Frank Gray knew this could happen and has to restart countermeasures that have long been dormant but might be humanity's only chance. It's another fast-paced issue with tons of destruction, chaos, panic, and funny bits. It's all captured with the genuine expertise of talented artists, Scott Koblish and Hi-Fi.

Koblish's designs and pacing are legitimately thrilling for such a wacky comic. You take out the boinking of a hollowed-out train car and this is a Michael Bay film. Full of life and color the threat of danger is constant. Koblish's detailed line work and Hi-Fi's bright vibrant colors have a lot to offer visually. 

'The Giant Kokju' is an acquired taste for its unapologetic parody of a monster movie. It's an entertaining read that knows exactly what it is, an unpretentious fun ride. Turn off your brain and just sit back and enjoy the story of a horny monster wreaking havoc in a major US city.