Why would anyone ever bother Godzilla while he's taking a nap?
So far there’ve been 10 months of “Godzilla: Rulers of Earth,” and after reading them all in succession, I just can’t help but chuckle. Chris Mowry and Matt Frank have built a fantastical world incorporating a huge amount of the Godzilla mythos into it, whilst expertly balancing action and narrative. Delightfully skipping on the line of camp whilst delivering loads of Toho film content to appeal to die-hard fans, it’s been a massive love letter from the start.
In this issue Godzilla gets in a massive fight (as always) that spectacularly takes place underwater, and the Devonian-human plot thickens, as was teased in the last issue. You get the sense reading it that it is definitely building to a climax that’s got to be worth checking out, whilst there’s a seriously awesome battle already occuring in the book itself. Additionally, a great heap of information is given on just what the Devonians plan to do, and the resolution of the first introduction sequence sets up great potential for future issues.
Unsurprisingly, campy fun has undoubtedly been the name of the game throughout “Godzilla: Rulers of Earth”, and this issue shows no sign of stopping that at all. As always, Matt Frank delivers yet another fantastic issue, handling all the action and drama with ease. For sheer execution of vision, he deserves a lot of credit for what could easily be a confusing mess to depict. The colouring is definitely worth a mention too, as, whilst the action is badass, the tone is kept bright enough so that the human narrative seems light enough to be interwoven successfully in the story and to play a role in the action too. Priscilla Tramontano has had a great track record with this series so far and it shows, as the Mechagodzilla looks awesome and the clean but brutal action shines.
Is ‘Godzilla: Rulers of Earth’ a book that’s worth your money? If you’ve been following the previous issues then you’ll love this one. It absolutely delivers. Of course, it’s not very introductory-friendly, but it’s definitely worth catching up on if you’re into a Godzilla story that doesn’t take itself seriously, yet is very respectful and unashamedly supportive of its Toho past. Especially since it’s obvious that a prelude to the new Godzilla movie is going to happen at some point - it just won’t be this entertaining.
Written or Contributed by Alex Knight
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