The King of Monsters roars.
I like Godzilla. While I’m not overly versed in the near sixty year history of the kaiju (Japanese giant monster) icon, I am familiar with the movies; I have many in my collection that I enjoy on a regular basis.
I’ve been aware of the previous books that IDW had been putting out and had some curiosity, but I never bit until now. The title for this new series alone is pretty irresistible; Godzilla: Rulers of Earth. So, this has been my first foray into Godzilla comics since the Marvel issues of the 70’s and I didn’t know quite what to expect. I also don’t know how much this series is tied into continuity (previous IDW series or the movies) but even only armed with the basics, I was able to jump in and go for the ride.
A possible Godzilla sighting by a submarine launches the story as we are set in a world were big monsters roam the world. We’re give some background on where the other monsters residing on earth are and even see a rumble between Gigan and Kumonga that also serves as some foreshadowing. In Honolulu, a Megazoology conference takes place and is where we meet some of the human characters of the story. A giant monster arrives and begins to wreak havoc on the island. The story ends on a real nice cliffhanger; Godzilla shows up and is about to throw down with the other recognizable kaiju.
Monstar Likes: The art in this comic was awesome. Matt Frank really knows how to go big. If this were a movie it would be pretty damn incredible. His Godzilla is spot-on. Chris Mowry keeps the story nice and tight, building up suspense as well as having fun it. There really isn’t a dull moment. The parts of Godzilla movies that kinda derailed my attention were the humans at ground level. But the characters crafted in this book are pretty damn interesting in their own right and I want to know what happens to them.
Monstar Dislikes: You know, I really didn’t find anything to dislike. Maybe a “story so far” paragraph on the splash page to get an indication where this fits, continuity-wise; in case I wanted to get some more background. But to be honest, it’s not a real necessity.
Monstar Verdict: After checking out this issue, I was very pleased. It’s a solid read. Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #1 is a really fun book and I look forward to the next issue. You don’t have to be a hardcore fan to dig this read, just know giant monsters are about to go head to head and you have a ring-side seat.
Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #1 is available now.
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