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Kong Of Skull Island: Volume 1 (2017)
Fiction Review by The Gravedigger

Kong Of Skull Island: Volume 1 (2017) Begins with two different tribes, the Atu and the Tagu, who have Kongs fight for them. Thousands of years of selective breeding. They believe their gods protect them through the Kongs. The trainers of the apes for each tribe are woman..the Atu use fear, the Tagu prefer mutual respect. The Tagu have huge ships, which they use to transfer their Kongs to other island feeding grounds while the Atu let their Kongs gorge on the limited resources of their island. However, in the search for one of these islands, "The Island of the Skull" they are attacked by prehistoric monsters from the sea and the massive boat, with humans and Kongs, capsizes. Some flee to the beach but are quickly eaten by land dinosaurs. The Kongs, working with humans, manage to roll the boat back over. Meanwhile, back on the main island, the volcano continues to act up. A marriage ceremony is supposed to unite the tribes but the looming disaster threatens. We learn that Tagu scholars pioneered selective breeding and developed growth stimulants to create the massive apes. Of course, just as the wedding finishes the volcano blows-but the winds haven't changed so the ships will be led back to that dangerous island. The Tagu Kongs are more controllable so they help contain and direct the Atu Kong. The surviving tribesmen end up doing back to the island because it's the way the current takes their ships-and they are greeted by the carnivorous dinosaurs from sea, land and air. While there is dissension among the people the surviving Kongs help build a wall, out of wood/trees to keep the monsters at bay. However, the people view this as a test of their gods-and they go to explore the island, protected by Kongs, where they encounter everything from giant insects to more dinosaurs. Its here they encounter the dominant ruler of this island, a conjoined twin of a colossal Tyrannosaur-like creature, which makes it look like a two head dragon. While trying to survive being slaughtered by beasts the people still squabble. However, this struggle will either end up uniting them or causing their extinction.

This is a pretty cool story, along the lines of Joe Devito's KONG: KING OF SKULL ISLAND, and it seems like it supplies the back story for the upcoming KONG movie as well. Recommended.

Written By James Assume

Illustrated By Carlos Magno

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