King Kong, world-famous and original gargantuan simian, is the progenitor of an entire genre, spawning sequels, remakes, and countless other interpretations. You know Kong. You love Kong! An original prequel story that takes place before the events of King Kong. Two fractured and combative civilizations are forced to band together as they venture into Skull Island—their new home.
From All-New Inhumans writer James Asmus and Planet of the Apes artist Carlos Magno.
This issue adds an interesting addition to the mythology behind Kong. He is usually simply portrayed as a monster locked away on a remote island without any attempt to try and explore the idea of there being more to his origin. The idea of a civilization which could not only communicate and control the Kongs, but also use them as gladiators for combat is very intriguing. This is a great concept and one which will be exciting to see explored more.
Writer James Asmus has introduced exactly what this franchise needed: he added new ideas which help flesh out the character of Kong. It would be interesting to read stories that take place before this issue and which would focus on more of these Kong fights (a prequel to a prequel, if you will). Maybe if enough people buy this series it will happen.
The art is very detailed, complete with showcasing an ancient new culture but not presenting them as barbaric. Artist Carlos Magno finds ways to add intrigue details to make different members of the civilization look unique.
The only real problem with the book is how the Kongs look very similar other than a change in the color of their fur. This is a tiny complaint in an otherwise gorgeous book.
Unlike other comics tied into movies this one is essential reading. It helps to build on the new mythology which is being created for King Kong. Hopefully the rest of the series will be just as entertaining as this first issue.