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Postby Benjamin Haines » Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:18 am

This comes out tomorrow.

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Postby king_ghidorah » Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:24 am

Thanks for the reminder :D
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Postby MouthForWar » Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:32 am

Even though I'm waiting to buy the trades for these comics, I might have to pick this one up due to my undying love for Titanosaurus!
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Postby king_ghidorah » Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:35 am

Fo shizzle.

As a kid Titanosaurus was my favorite kaiju hands down...then maybe Rodan...then maybe Anguius, and THEN Godzilla lol. The only two films I liked Godzilla in were 54, and 85...in everything else I thought he was an a$$ lol.

Then there was a movie that changed my life forever, Gamera vs. Guiron. Yep, only Gamera movie I saw as a kid, but damned if it didn't totally blow my mind.
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Postby MekaGojira3k » Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:15 am

Woah, I didn't know this was coming out tomorrow. I though the story sounded pretty cool.
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Postby planetxleader » Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:07 am

MekaGojira3k wrote:Woah, I didn't know this was coming out tomorrow..


Huh, same here. I haven't even picked of the latest KoM yet, either. Soon as my freelance money transfers to mah bank, I'll go snag both of 'em. Issue 3 better not disappoint (shakes fist).
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Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:59 am

A review is already up at Tohokingdom.com:

http://www.tohokingdom.com/comics/idw_g ... nd_03.html

This sounds like it's going to be a really good one...

With a changing of the guard for every issue in Godzilla Legends, you never quite know what you are going to get. While I enjoyed the first entry, I was let down by Godzilla Legends #2, but was still interested for what the others might do with their respective characters. Simply put, I was not let down by Godzilla Legends #3; in fact, it was the polar opposite as Mike Raicht's work on this issue made it my favorite of any of the IDW Publishing Godzilla comics to date. What makes it work so well is that it simply excels with its human drama, creating a compelling backdrop that hooks the reader in, if there is a monster on panel or not, while the art greatly helps to convey those emotions and bring the human cast to life, even though the inks are a little uneven at times on the monsters themselves.

For the plot, the issue opens with a young boy named Tristan being awoken by a voice in his head. He rushes to the window to find a woman, Miki Saegusa, telepathically talking to him as she approaches his house to try and convince his parents to let Tristan enroll in a program for other psychics. Tristan, while still chatting telepathically with Miki, manages to persuade his parents that this is the right choice. Once at the program, Tristan and a very select group of six others get to meet the headmaster, Mugal, who introduces them to their objective: to find any way possible to communicate and maybe stop the kaiju of the world, as Miki once did with Godzilla. During his first month of training, Tristan manages to unknowingly reach and communicate with Titanosaurus, awakening the monster who is now linked to Tristan and his emotions.

While the story might not sound that engaging in a summary, Raicht really knows how to structure the pacing of a comic and Godzilla Legends #3 just pops at getting the reader hooked. The issue makes a lot of nods to the framework of the movies that came before it, finding a new and more in-depth way to explore the Miki Saegusa character while making everything seem fresh through greatly fleshing out a concept that was under used in the films themselves. What ultimately leads this concept to be a success, though, is characterization. The story has three principal characters in the form of Tristan, Miki and Mugal. In particular, the relationship between Miki and the young boy is very well done and feels organic, leading the reader to have a vested interest in the development, while Mugal acts as the more stern figurehead who still comes across as caring but is after results in the end.

Now this is one of those issues where I feel that not being spoiled is important. So I would actually implore that those planning to get the issue stop reading this review now, as the ending is going to be given away. With that said, Raicht discussed in his interview for Toho Kingdom that he would like to continue this story someday, and that should be a slight hint that this comic does not wrap everything up. In fact, it ends on a very "to be continued..." type of sequence. First off, yes, the Black Hole Aliens factor into the plot. For those who were tipped off from page four when Mugal is first introduced, bravo. Miki and everyone else are really being tricked into working for the alien race as they look for other monsters to join, what appears to be a, fleet of Mechagodzillas they are creating. Through exploiting Tristan and his relationship with Miki, the aliens see the opportunity to have Titanosaurus as one of their war horses for their plans. The story ends on the cliff hanger, leaving the reader really wanting more. The best part about the story is that it ends up being a very smart and subtle homage to Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) in general, although this isn't clear until the final few pages where even the Black Holes Aliens are modeled after their 1975 appearance rather than the ape-like one from their debut film. Suffice to say, the ending is abrupt and that will probably turn a few readers off, although its also a testament to how engaged the audience is by the end.

As for the art, Tony Parker does a good job with the material here. His Miki Saegusa doesn't really look anything like any of the movies she has been in, but otherwise the human cast is drawn well and the emotions are conveyed expertly, especially in the few sequences where Tristan is panicking or whenever drawing Mugal who is consistently great through out. Titanosaurus also tends to look good as well, being a little loose in his intro attack on Seattle but looking superb when he confronts Tristan eye-to-eye for the first time. The two page spread of the Black Hole home world is also breath taking and creative, working as a great way to close the comic. Sadly, there is one weak panel which is during Mugal's presentation where he demos some of the monsters he is discussing. A few of them, especially Godzilla and Destoroyah, looked rush and off. Its one panel, but also a key one in terms of something the reader will focus on.

In regards to the cover art, Arthur Adams, with Peter Doherty on colors, has submitted another cover of the focus character. His work on this one isn't quite as strong as his previous two, with Titanosaurus' jaw being altogether too large and Rodan and Anguirus both creeping over into the pane so their covers can connect to this one (and its slightly odd that this one fits in between #2 and #1). The variant cover by Bob Eggleton, however, is stunning. Its a perfect rendition of Titanosaurus while the Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002) era Godzilla in the background does a nice job of filling the frame and making for an overall very interesting cover design.

Overall, I loved the issue and was real sad to see it end. I know I wanted to keep reading long after the story had finished, and really hope that Raicht is given the opportunity someday to continue the plot here. While it might not please everyone, as its light on the monster action and more heavy on the main cast interaction - kind of an anti-thesis to Godzilla Legends #1, I found it to be the most compelling read yet from the company.
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Postby planetxleader » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:11 am

Sounds promising. I kinda wanna say "screw conserving money" and go pick it up this evening. :o
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Postby MouthForWar » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:55 am

ebirahsmeg1 wrote:For the plot, the issue opens with a young boy named Tristan being awoken by a voice in his head. He rushes to the window to find a woman, Miki Saegusa, telepathically talking to him as she approaches his house to try and convince his parents to let Tristan enroll in a program for other psychics.


Miki! :shock:
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Postby Reaper G » Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:02 pm

Miki and Mugal? I like that they're including human characters now. I might finally have to pick up one of these comics.
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Postby canofhumdingers » Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:31 pm

Just read it. Holy moly was it great! I do have one complaint though...

SPOILERS


It ends on a major cliff hanger! It's like act 1 of a three act play. I'd be totally fine with that if I knew they were going to finish the story, but b/c these are all one-shot stories, I know that isn't going to happen. This is arguably the best Godzilla comic from IDW with a fantastic idea for the plot, great characters, good writing, & beautiful artwork. It's a freaking homerun. Until you get to the last page & realize you're never going to see the full potential of this story realized. It was one of those comics where I was REALLY loving it & eating up every page only to get to the end & go, "Aw @#$@$!&%#&@!!, they're never going to finish this!"

So on one hand, it's incredibly good. While on the other, it's insanely disappointing! I think they really should've held on to this idea for its own 4 or 5 issue mini-series instead of using the opening act as a one-shot to never be finished... It would've been the best story arc ever featured in a Godzilla comic.
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Postby Benjamin Haines » Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:58 pm

This issue was excellent. And I wouldn't rule out the possibility of a follow-up to this story somewhere down the line from IDW.
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Postby canofhumdingers » Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:49 pm

That's the thing. There NEEDS to be a follow-up (or two, or three...)!
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Postby MekaGojira3k » Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:30 am

I really liked this, not as much as Legends #1, but the difference is slight.
This is such a loaded series, it should have spun off its own mini-series, but at the very least, if we get a Legends 2, this has to have a follow up. Really fun comic.
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Postby Pkmatrix » Sat Jan 07, 2012 2:58 am

I LOVED this comic. Possibly the best thing IDW has produced with the Godzilla license, and a fantastic intro to a storyline with the potential to easily trump the already great Gangsters & Goliaths. I'm happy to hear Raicht wants to continue the story - it seems like a great prologue to another Mini-Series! :D
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Postby Hybrid Gojira » Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:35 am

This issue was great. It has the best ideas of any previous IDW issue...they did more in this issue alone than all of the Kingdom of Monsters series thus far. It would be nice to see a follow up issue (or more!).
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Postby planetxleader » Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:55 pm

Finally picked it up. Great issue! The art is good and Titanosaurus himself looks awesome! The people suffer slightly, and I say this only because Miki doesn't look like Miki (and in fact upon first glance I thought the panel of the kid's mom was Miki).

Some good surprises, especially seeing the aliens' home planet with hangars housing two Showa MechaGozillas!!! That was awesome.

An abrupt, "oh hells no" ending, but unlike Legends 2, I felt satisfied.

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Postby Benjamin Haines » Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:10 am

planetxleader wrote:The people suffer slightly, and I say this only because Miki doesn't look like Miki


I think that's just a matter of likeness rights, the same way that the character of Nick Tatopoulos in Godzilla: The Series didn't look like Matthew Broderick.
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Postby planetxleader » Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:34 am

Benjamin Haines wrote:
planetxleader wrote:The people suffer slightly, and I say this only because Miki doesn't look like Miki


I think that's just a matter of likeness rights, the same way that the character of Nick Tatopoulos in Godzilla: The Series didn't look like Matthew Broderick.


Ah, that makes sense.
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Postby lhb412 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:02 pm

Sound cool. Can't wait to get the tpb!
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Postby kiryugoji04 » Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:46 pm

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

I am SO SPLIT on this issue. On the one hand, yes, the story was AMAZING but on the other hand I... I really didn't like the art. With the exception of the first full page shot of Titanosaurus (and, uh, THAT two-page spread D8), none of it really impressed me - it all felt kind of vanilla to a certain extent but my biggest problem is that everyone seems to have faces made of chewing gum. There was no consistency there. Bleh.

So yeah. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO MAKE OF IT. D8
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Postby MekaGojira3k » Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:57 pm

As far as faces are concerned I mostly had a problem with the aliens.
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Postby kiryugoji04 » Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:58 pm

Miki was my biggest issue - she had a different face in every other panel. :|
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Postby MekaGojira3k » Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:01 pm

kiryugoji04 wrote:Miki was my biggest issue - she had a different face in every other panel. :|


Oh yeah. I forgot about that one.
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Re: Godzilla: Legends #3 Reaction Thread

Postby klen7 » Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:45 pm

i'm probably going to see Mike Raicht tomorrow at a local comic convention.. i'll planning to get a signature on this issue. Any questions to pass on to the author?
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