Birth, Drug Addiction, And Compassion In Kaijumax Season 4 #6

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Jin-Wook Jeong’s wife, Chisato, is hurt and in labor. He calls an ambulance, but they send a small (both in size and number) crew of dino-bots to help her. Due to the damage, they can’t apply painkillers…unless Jeong shrinks down and applies them directly. Back at Kaijumax, Goat’s ooze has turned the prison inside out, and the warden is trying to deal with problem directly while her crew turn on her one by one. Zhang wants to help a friend, but she’s trapped in her crater.

Kaijumax Season 4 #6 cover by Zander Cannon
Kaijumax Season 4 #6 cover by Zander Cannon

Kaijumax Season 4 #6 brings this volume of the comic to a close. Goat’s power trip, Jeong’s corruption, and Zhang’s troubles all come home to roost in a string of chaos that threatens destroy the prison and their lives.

In true Kaijumax form, the story straddles the line between ridiculous and straight-for-the-heart sincere. The humorous introduction of the dino-bot paramedics is quickly matched by the fact that it’s very possible that Jeong may watch his wife and child die. Other stories would suffer tonal whiplash from the combination, but Zander Cannon presents it with such unwavering confidence that it all just clicks.

The Goat story also shows how cleverly the book can avoid a straight morality play. While Goat’s actions are reprehensible, it’s not like the other creatures in Kaijumax, whether they’re prison guards or inmates, are pure or straight victims. When someone rises to challenge Goat, it’s not like they’re definitive heroes themselves. It’s all just individuals and personalities coming into collision to tease out some degree of joy and (metaphorical) humanity in this prison.

Kaijumax Season 4 #6 art by Zander Cannon with color assists from Jason Fischer
Kaijumax Season 4 #6 art by Zander Cannon with color assists from Jason Fischer

And, of course, Zander Cannon’s artwork continues to rock. It’s cartoonish and serious, over-the-top and grounded, gorgeous and macabre. It’s the perfect balance of all these qualities wrapped in an explosive color palette (with assists from Jason Fischer) that would be too much for other comics to handle but Kaijumax pulls off perfectly.

Kaijumax Season 4 #6 closes out the volume with a photo finish. The drama, humor, and action all reach a fever pitch, and you read on the edge of your seat, waiting to see who makes it out alive and happy. This one gets a recommendation. Give it a read.

Kaijumax Season 4 #6 comes to us from writer, artist, letterer, and cover artist Zander Cannon with color assists from Jason Fischer.

Final Score: 9/10

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