What the heck is IDW doing? Don't they know you can't just announce a comic these days?
While reading through the Outhouse press email this afternoon, this reporter very nearly overlooked this release from IDW. IDW will be releasing a new Godzilla ongoing by Duane Swierczynski and Simon Gane, it seems, but what's shocking is that there does not seem to be any controversial, media-attention-seeking gimmick related to the event. Surely I've overlooked something, I thought, as I scanned the release for news of Godzilla's bisexuality or the shocking revelation that Godzilla is the first lizard transexual, but alas, there is no gimmick to be found. Godzilla is a just a cool comic coming out this summer.
This is a bold move by IDW, and one that The Outhouse supports. Godzilla #1 will hit stores and digital comic apps on May 23rd, with the previously announced James Stokoe's Godzilla: The Half-Century War #1 following in August. IDW's entire back catalog of Godzilla comics will also be available digitally with the release of Godzilla #1. Here's the press release:
GODZILLA'S ONE CRAZY SUMMER!
IDW announces digital Godzilla comics, new characters, and a new title!
May 23, 2012
San Diego, CA – Expanding what has become an explosive publishing partnership, this summer IDW Publishing and Toho Co., Ltd.are bringing even more kaiju chaos to comic fans everywhere!
May 23rd brings the launch of Duane Swierczynski and Simon Gane's new, ongoing Godzilla series, which features covers by Arthur Adams and Tony Harris! That's not all, though!
That same day, after much anticipation, Godzilla will finally hit digital platforms! Available on iOS, Android, and Nook, IDW's entire back catalog of catastrophic, giant monster destruction will be available as single issues and trades. Not only that, but the new Godzilla ongoing will launch day and date with two exclusive digital variant covers!
This bounty of crushing comics destruction comes hot on the heels of IDW's announcement of Orc Stain creator James Stokoe's Godzilla: The Half-Century War, a generation-spanning tale packed to the gills with Stokoe's trademark hyper-detailed linework and nearly-psychedelic colors. If any comics creator out there was born to draw giant monsters leveling crowded metropolitan areas, folks, it's James Stokoe.
And as if all that city-stompin' goodness wasn't enough, IDW has made the necessary space in Godzilla's monstrous world for even more of Toho's creatures, with more than 20 of Godzilla's co-stars joining the roster of licensed characters. From fan favorites such as JET JAGUAR to lesser-known greats like the gargantuas, SANDA and GAIRA, the future of Godzilla at IDW is bound to be even more action-packed than ever.
Needless to say, it's going to be a chaos-drenched summer for Godzilla fans.
Hopefully they all have insurance.
Godzilla #1• 32 pages • $3.99 • in stores May 23 • Diamond order code: MAR120364
Godzilla: The Half-Century War #1 • 32 pages • $3.99 • in stores 8/22 • Diamond order code: JUN120326
Godzilla: Legends TPB • 128 pages • $19.99 • in stores June 13 • Diamond order code: APR120372
Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters, Vol. 3 TPB • 104 pages • $17.99 • In stores now • Diamond order code: MAR120367
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro's The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount's Star Trek; HBO's True Blood; the BBC's DOCTOR WHO; Toho's Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.
IDW's original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.
Source: Press Release
Written or Contributed by: Jude Terror