Kong of Skull Island #9 is a comic book by BOOM! Studios. It was released in March 2017.
Outside the city wall, an Atu man fights a Deathrunner until Ewata notices and has a Kong crush the threat before scolding him heavily for his lunacy. Aguul then uses this as leverage to further his plight of painting the Kong as monsters and threats that cannot be trusted, as there was no Kong at the gate when the Deathrunner surfaced. Aguul was part of the hunting party that fought with The god of the Deathrunners, and Ewata reminds him of this when she reminds him that the Kong protect the Tagu-Atu from those horrors while he tries to send people into the madness to build what she considers to be a foolish preoccupation with building a fortress and going to war. Aguul then appeals to K'vanni, who is now a child, that she grow to understand that the only way to live in peace and safety is to destroy all of the monsters outside of their wall. Ewata then takes K'vanni away to attend to her lessons. Aguul then grieves to his followers that if Ewata continues to shelter K'vanni she will become more ignorant to the people's needs than her mother. Eesa, the engineer of the Citadel in the jungle then suggests that in order to shape K'vanni's ruling strategies they should force her to relive an early traumatic experience with the Deathrunners. They then begin to speak against Ewata for her disapproval of building the Citadel, and they resolve that she is more the Queen of the Kong than of the Tagu-Atu, and that in order for progress to be made they must eliminate every monster on the island, beginning with the Kong. One of the party, who had been saved by Kong in his past disagrees, and on the grounds that forcing him to comply would lower them to Ewata's level, Aguul allows him to leave. On the way back, he is killed by the Feral Kong. Elsewhere, Ewata awakes to find her lover Gret absent. She finds him going over training records of his days as a Kong trainer, and he reveals to her that some of the council members had asked to see them. As he goes to deliver them to the Citadel, where Aguul and his followers are continuing construction, Valla, who had been sleeping when a Deathrunner invaded her cave, came crashing through the jungle doing battle with it. He then attempts to ask Valla if she is responsible for the dead Deathrunners found around the Citadel, and wonders why she protects those who banished her, but she does not try to respond, and lumbers away. After K'vanni returns from her lessons and asks her mother why if their ancestors could build a sturdy Kong arena, then shouldn't they be able to build a Citadel to contain the Deathrunners, which she believes in time could be tamed like the Kong, who were also violent when first discovered. Ewata refuses to humor her daughter and warns her that people cannot control nature, but only better themselves to live among it. Disturbed by the fighting, K'in awakens, and K'vanni runs to the shore to be alone and to watch a gargantuan marine reptile breach from the depths. There she meets the Citadel's engineer Eesa, whom she asks to take her to see the Citadel, and Eesa arranges for her to be taken to it the next day. Ewata then goes to see Sani, who was K'vanni's teacher, but she does not see her daughter in the class. She then learns that K'vanni was seen with Aguul that morning, and goes off to find her daughter. At the Citadel, Aguul oversees the creation of a new aromatic trigger, and decides to use traditional ropes rather than chains in the Citadel's sacrificial altar, just as K'vanni and K'in arrive.
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