Martin John reviews Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #1
Credits & Solicit Info:
The biggest star in motion pictures prepares to wreak havoc once again! IDW Publishing is thrilled to announce a partnership with Toho Co., Ltd. to create all-new GODZILLA comics. Starting in 2011, Godzilla will smash his way back onto the scene with a cast of characters from his films never before seen in comics.
Written by Eric Powell & Tracy Marsh
Art by Phil Hester
Bullet Review: Don't waste your time with Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #1. Watch this instead. It is more exciting and cheaper.
Godzilla is an atomic monster. Yippee. That is a cool premise to work with. Eric Powell is the famed creator of The Goon. Yippee. That's a cool creator to have on a book about an atomic monster. Phil Hester has drawn a high profile run of Green Arrow comics with Kevin Smith. Pretty excited to see his name on the cover of this magazine about an atomic monster. Hell, the cover of the magazine about the atomic monster named Godzilla is painted by Alex Ross of Marvels' fame. Wow, that is a pretty amazing lineup. The day is sunny and walking home from the comic shop I'm pretty excited about reviewing Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #1. Too bad the comic is just spinning wheels with a story I've seen a million times.
I don't like this book and you wanna know why? I've already paid for this story before. It is the opening of every Godzilla movie ever. Godzilla rises from the ocean, starts destroying the Japanese coast, gets nuked, gets atomic breath, keeps destroying Japan. That's the story. That's all. And the ending has Obama going through a list of fake and real current events and adding Godzilla to America's woe list. I paid four dollars for this? Seriously? Can I get a refund?
Okay, I realize that Godzilla movies have a pattern, and every time Godzilla shows his face it's more of the same thing, but I'm just not into reading a comic about more of the same thing. I want to see Godzilla smashing space mechas, giant insects and other things and with Powell attached I though I might at least see something like that. Nope.
Hester's art is nice. He draws Japanese people running well.
I can't even tell you how disappointed I am in this issue. Buy it only if you are a hardcore Godzilla fan, although you are still not going to get anything you have not seen a million times before. Ack. This review is over.
Review by: Martin John