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Kaijumax Season 5

Kaijumax Season 5 issue #1
Oni Press
Writer: Zander Cannon
Artist: Zander Cannon
FC, 32 pgs, $3.99 US

Zander Cannon’s Kaijumax is unlike anything I’ve read in comics and with so many comics being published these days I think that is a high compliment. Giant monsters (kaiju) incarcerated on a prison island run by Ultraman / Power Rangers / Voltron style guards. Cannon has said it’s HBO’s prison drama Oz with monsters and I can think of no better way to describe it in so few words. It is as unsettling, uncompromising, and socially relevant as that show…but with monsters.

Season 5 begins with Pokemon style creatures running an illegal fight tournament where kidnapped children are forced to battle each other. A raid breaks up the illegal activity and its “don”, a green, Pikachu-like badass named Pikadon is sent to the prison island, thus exciting the hopes of a class of inmates that have all escaped from a capsule, ball or watch at sometime in the past. You see, they’ve never had a leader to organize them and they now see Pikadon as a way to gain some territory and respect.

I think the heart of this particular “season” is going to be Sharkmon, a recovering addict who runs the prison barbershop. He is beaten and robbed by other inmates, teased about homosexual tendencies, and is currently den mother to a devil/goat/man that was turned into a regular goat in a previous “season”. That goat’s soulful, sad eyes is a constant reminder of Cannon’s talent, by the way.

I’ve managed to hook at least five other people on Kaijumax in trade paperback form. Now, if only I had the same success with Eric Powell’s The Goon. (Chad Boudreau)

Top 10: Season Two Special #1

Top 10: Season Two Special #1 apr09-top10
DC Comics / ABC Comics
(w) Zander Cannon & Kevin Cannon
(a) Daxiong & Zander Cannon

FC, 32 pgs w/ ads $2.99 US

This special wraps up Zander Cannon’s attempt to revitalize Alan Moore and Gene Ha’s Top 10 comic. After the events of the four issue Season Two mini-series, this special focuses on what has happened with Girl Two, who has apparently become a lawyer after failing to replace the late Girl One as an officer at the Top 10 Precinct.

The issue focuses on a case that she’s working on where an accused criminal may or may not have killed another criminal. There’s nothing really outstanding about this issue. I’m sure it’s been used in at least a half dozen cop / lawyer stories. The subtle humour is there, but it has even less in-jokes than Alan Moore’s original series had. Zander Cannon is an extremely talented comic book creator and he should really be working on something better – he was one of the originals on the Moore’s series – inks and layouts for Gene Ha and all the art in the Smax mini-series but it’s for him to move on. His efforts were certainly better than Paul Di Filippo and Jerry Ordway’s work on Top 10: Beyond the Furthest Precinct, but I rather see more of his own stuff like Replacement God or something new. (Shane Hnetka)