A couple of weekends ago, at Comikaze 2012, I happened upon Keith Foster’s table in artist alley where he was selling Kodoja: Terror Mountain Showdown and the music that went along with it. Yep, he had music to go with his comic book. But against my buy-it-now-cause-you-might-never-see-it-again judgment, I only bought the comic. Part of it though, was that he did not have CDs so I’ll have to see if he has digital downloads. I seem to remember him saying that the music was funk which is not really my thing but it’s about a Godzilla-sized monster and Foster was wearing a Meshuggah shirt so so how bad can it be.
But I did by the Kodoja: Terror Mountain Showdown and after reading it, I’m glad that I did (if eve more let down with myself that I did not buy the music). So, I want to start off by saying that Rory Smith’s art inside and outside book is beautiful. The cover and other various color images I’ve seen have a wonderful sense of design and the interior black and white pages have a beautiful sense of action that makes the book read very quickly. But there’s also something about Foster’s writing that makes Kodoja a page turner.
Kodoja is all about the characters. I mean, how much dialogue can you really get out of a rampaging 80 story (I have no clue if that size is right or how big that is) genetically created monster? You don’t need any diatribes from raging giants if you have developed characters to talk about that are engaged in interesting actions. And Foster really pulls that off. He also establishes an off-center reality that is just off enough from what we know to make it unique. I look forward to reading the rest of Kodoja and listening to the music that should accompany it.