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The Giant Kokju #2 (of 3)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 3 critic ratings.

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.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
21 pages
Amazon ASIN

Cover Artist
Variant Cover Artist

3 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    It’s hard to imagine Duggan’s story remaining appealing as it crawls its way over to its third and final issue. Honestly, though, there’s really no reason why this thing should have been anything other than tedious by the time it hit its second issue (or even…the second half of its first). Duggan is a clever enough satirist that he’s probably going to make the comedy work right through the end of the third and final issue. It’s going to be kind of a close finish, though.

  • 80

    Lotusland Comics

    ‘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.

  • 80

    Get Your Comic On

    It’s certainly not the most hard hitting story I’ve read but The Giant Kokju definitely hits the mark for me, it’s tongue in cheek trashy comedy makes me smile throughout. Some great visuals really do highlight the struggles of a modern monster, although probably not the best book to be reading on the bus.

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About the Author: Gerry Duggan

Gerry Duggan‘s extensive career in the comic book industry is marked by a unique blend of humor, action, and heartfelt storytelling. With a diverse portfolio that includes some of the most beloved characters and teams in the Marvel Universe, Duggan has established himself as a dynamic storyteller capable of navigating the complex worlds of antiheroes, cosmic adventurers, and, notably, mutants.

Duggan’s significant contributions to Marvel’s mutant narratives stand out as a key aspect of his career. His work with the X-Men and their extended universe, particularly through the series “Marauders,” has been pivotal in exploring new dimensions of the mutant experience. In “Marauders,” Duggan brings a fresh perspective to the mutant saga, focusing on themes of freedom, identity, and societal acceptance. This series not only highlights Duggan’s skill in balancing ensemble casts and intricate plotlines but also underscores his ability to inject new life into established mythos, making the stories accessible and engaging for a broad audience.

Before venturing into the world of mutants, Gerry Duggan made a name for himself with his work on “Deadpool,” where he masterfully balanced the character’s trademark humor with unexpected depth and vulnerability. This approach revitalized Deadpool’s character for a new generation of readers and demonstrated Duggan’s versatility as a writer.

Beyond the realm of humor and the intricacies of mutant politics, Duggan has showcased his range through various genres and characters. His contributions to “Hawkeye” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” highlight his adeptness at both ground-level storytelling and cosmic adventures, respectively. Each narrative, whether set on the bustling streets of New York or the far reaches of space, is infused with Duggan’s distinctive voice and keen narrative insight.

Duggan’s creator-owned projects, such as “Analog” and “The Infinite Horizon,” further illustrate his storytelling range, exploring dystopian futures and retellings of classic tales with a modern twist. These works, characterized by their thought-provoking themes and complex characters, offer readers a glimpse into Duggan’s broader literary interests and his proficiency outside the superhero genre.

Collaborations with top artists have been a hallmark of Duggan’s career, resulting in visually stunning and narratively rich projects. His respect for the comic book medium as a collaborative art form is evident in the seamless integration of story and art, enhancing the overall impact of his narratives.

As a key player in the comic book industry, Gerry Duggan continues to leave an indelible mark on the characters and worlds he touches. From the humorous escapades of Deadpool to the societal struggles of the X-Men, Duggan’s work resonates with fans for its emotional depth, humor, and inventive storytelling. For enthusiasts and newcomers alike, Gerry Duggan’s body of work represents the vast potential of comic books to entertain, challenge, and inspire.

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