Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Volume 2
This is the tale of one big lizard, and all the jerks that keep trying to ruin his trek to... wherever the hell seems to be wandering off to. Godzilla is one of those massive icons, the likes of which needs little to no introduction. This is another story, where he smashes things. Other monsters show up to help him smash things.
Not a whole review? Fine... let us search for a bit of depth.
Rulers of Earth Volume 2 gives is a bit of background, in an attempt to explain the Saga of Big Green up til this point. Writer Chris Mowry and Matt Frank desperately try to weave a story here, which is an uphill battle, because in the history of the Godzilla franchise, all anyone has ever wanted was building smashing. To their credit, the writers drop monster combat down upon us in droves. And they are equal oppotunists when it comes to the terrain our big bad gruesomes tear up! North America? Heck yeah we wreck America! Asia? Heck yeah we tear Asia on up! And... well, the monsters really seem to just always hate on the same two continents.
There is a weaving story, something about aliens, and manipulating the great monsters of the earth. It is honestly very fuzzy, and I know volumes are all supposed to be hopping on points in a story, but it was utterly confusing. Does that stop us from plowing forward? Nope! Seriously, this book is jam packed with monsters on a vast scale of bizarre and fantastic. There is a robot grinning like a drunk idiot body slamming giant reptiles! But honestly, if you are looking for a story that has some depth and flesh to it, in spite of Mowry and Frank's efforts, the background machinations are drowned out by the sheer mayhem Godzilla demands. It feels like a noble effort, but its lost in the sound of crumbling buildings.
The art duties undertaken by Matt Frank and Jeff Zornow are immense. It is a visual work with fluctuating returns. Where the duo is more than capable of crafting vast scenes of mayhem, and somehow giving Big G facial nuance, the flow seems to taper off when dealing with human characters. Yes, no scene worth boring scientists, or the meat fodder of every nation's military, will ever measure up to the Kaiju running rampant, but the scenes with human dialogue seem glossed over in an effort to run back to the epic monster brawling. It feels as if care was weighed, and the creative team knew their biggest return lie in the monster brawls.
In summation, in spite of the efforts of the creative team all around, we have ourselves a fairly hollow story. It is not entirely their fault. Godzilla has always seemed to require a sort of vapidness. That aside, Rulers of Earth is a fantastic bit of monster brawling mayhem, and really, do you need any other reason to pick up anything affiliated with Godzilla?
3 1/2 out of 5.