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World War Kaiju

This graphic novel is fascinating and stylish.

It takes place in an alternate history where the United States develops a way of creating Godzilla-like monsters (kaiju) to wreak havoc in Japan instead of the atomic bomb to end World War II.

It is told from the point of view of a reporter conducting an interview with an ex-CIA agent who had a front row seat to the freak show.

Judging from the old style reel to reel the reporter uses and the references to Nixon and the hippie movement, it appears the story takes place in the early to mid-1970s.

So now the cold war is a race to create more and more kaiju not more nuclear weapons.

But it seems the genie is out of the bottle: more and more kaiju begin showing up perhaps because of the radiation that results from when they hatch.

The art is sleek and photographic in parts and classic comic book style in others. There are also pages at the end of reports sent to the U.S. president about the kaiju phenomenon that lend some credibility and authenticity to the story.

Get your hands on a copy - you won't regret it!

For more about "World War Kaiju," please visit here.

(posted March 9, 2016)