Published: March 1st, 2016
Written by: James Stokoe, Bob Eggleton, Ulises Farinas, Erick Freitas, Dave Wachter, Brandon Seifert
Art by: James Stokoe, Bob Eggleton, Dave Wachter, Buster Moody, Ibrahim Moustafa
Based on: Godzilla by Toho Co. Ltd.
IDW Publishing, 120 Pages
I’ve only read one other Godzilla comic book series and that was Rulers of Earth. This was put out by IDW Publishing, just as Rulers was and frankly, seeing the “King of Monsters” take on whatever Hell has in store for him, was worth checking out.
Sadly, I was pretty underwhelmed by this.
As you can imagine, with a story that just features Godzilla rampaging through Hell, there really isn’t any dialogue. Well, there’s some narrative bits and a Moth angel thing talks, as does a demon for a second, but for the most part, this is just Godzilla rampaging through Hell and that’s about it.
You’d think that the premise would create an awesome and epic story and while Godzilla does encounter some of his toughest foes, he actually fights King Ghidorah and Destoroyah at the same time, the narrative plays out like a disjointed, surreal dream sequence. It jumps around from bit to bit and all the battles end up being interrupted by Godzilla falling into a deeper layer of Hell or getting whisked away to some other place, geographically.
Also, the art is a mixture of good and bad. It is mostly pretty decent but there are some panels that look pretty hokey and outdated by decades.
This was an interesting and quick read, which flew by even quicker with barely any dialogue in the story. It’s certainly not a must read but if you are a massive Godzilla fan, it’s worth checking out if you can find a free copy or borrow it from someone. I read it for free because I have ComiXology Unlimited.
Pairs well with: It’s pretty unique but I guess I’d pair it with the other Godzilla offerings by IDW Publishing.