Skull Island: The Birth of Kong #1
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"The People Who Came from the Sky" is the first issue of Skull Island: The Birth of Kong. It was released on April 12, 2017.
On June 24, 2012, the Australian Navy finds a bizarre package bearing the Monarch logo floating in the South Pacific. Two weeks later, on July 9, a man named Singh visits Houston Brooks, who is one day away from retirement after 40 years working for Monarch, at Monarch Field Office Sigma. Singh presents Brooks with the item recovered by the Australian Navy, which is a recording device that belonged to Brooks' son Aaron, who had disappeared on an expedition to Antarctica in 1995. Brooks accesses the recorder using the password "GJALLARHORN," referring to the horn of Heimdall from Norse mythology, which Brooks would often read to his son as a child. While driving home, Brooks listens to the recording, which contains an account from Aaron regarding what really happened 17 years ago.
In a flashback to 1995, Aaron gets into an argument with his father regarding Skull Island. Aaron is outraged that his father and Monarch allowed Skull Island to remain a secret, and that they entrusted a MUTO, the giant ape known as Kong, to guard over the island. Brooks explains that Kong was capable of keeping the island under control by himself, and that many of his colleagues died on the island in 1973, believing that it was worth maintaining the secret. Aaron storms off, as his father calls out after him.
Aaron and a team of Monarch operatives arrive in the airspace above Skull Island aboard an Osprey sometime afterward, under the guise of visiting a MUTO fossil bed in Antarctica. Accompanying Aaron to the island are Evgenij Medov, a cryptobiologist, Evelyn Matemavi, whom Houston Brooks personally recruited into Monarch, Helen Karsten, a survival instructor with experience in the U.S. Navy, Cejudo, the pilot, and Walter R. Riccio, a mythographer. As soon as the Osprey penetrates the storm cell around the island, it is attacked by a flock of Psychovultures, who damage the craft and send it crashing to the island below. All the team members except Cejudo parachute out of the Osprey, landing on a cliff overlooking the island. From there, they see a flock of Leafwings flying past. The Osprey crashes to the west, and Brooks and his team decide to head that direction to try and rescue Cejudo, despite Riccio's protests. Almost immediately, they are set upon by a pack of Death Jackals, which kill and dismember Karsten while the others retreat to a cave. The Death Jackals pursue the team to the cave, but before they can finish them off, a huge fist comes crashing down just outside the cave. The hand reaches into the cave, crushing several Death Jackals. A few run out of the cave, only to be crushed underneath the beast's foot. The colossal ape stares at the cave entrance before walking away. Matemavi tends to Medov, who was mauled by the Death Jackals. She says that Medov is stable, but that they need to recover the medical supplies aboard the Osprey. Aaron is still amazed at the giant ape that rescued them, recognizing it as Kong, the creature his father had seen in 1973. Riccio alerts Aaron that they are not alone, as several Iwi, natives of Skull Island, enter the cave. A young Iwi boy who introduces himself as Ato welcomes Aaron and the others, who he addresses as "Awati." Riccio asks Ato what Awati means, to which he replies "the people who come from the sky."
- King Kong
- Death Jackals
- Godzilla (photographs)
- MUTO (photograph)
- Mothra (painting)
Weapons, vehicles, races, and organizations
- Houston Brooks
- Aaron Brooks
- Evgenij Medov
- Evelyn Matemavi
- Helen Karsten
- Walter R. Riccio
- Lin San (photograph)
- Ishiro Serizawa (mentioned)
- The map in Houston Brooks' office has two photographs of Godzilla, along with a photograph of the male MUTO inside of its chrysalis and what appears to be a painting of Mothra, pinned to it.
- This comic introduces monsters that were conceptualized for Kong: Skull Island but did not make appearances in the film, these being the Psychovultures and Death Jackals.
- Aaron Brooks makes a passing reference to the character Ishiro Serizawa from Godzilla when arguing with his father, accusing him of being just like Serizawa and entrusting a giant monster to keep balance.
- Early in the issue, the character Singh mentions that the NSA is tracing the "Janjira leak." This is no doubt referring to Janjira, the city in Japan containing the nuclear power plant that the male MUTO attacked in Godzilla.
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