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Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #5 Reaction Thread

Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:07 am

Post your thoughts here. A review is up at TOHO Kingdom:

http://www.tohokingdom.com/comics/idw_g ... th_05.html

Round five for Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, which feels like a total gear shift after the last issue from a mostly Godzilla-less adventure staring Varan and Rodan. The art is also done, for the first time, solely by Jeff Zornow while story duties are still under Chris Mowry's pen. The result is an interesting issue, but one that feels notably detached from the four before it.

The plot kicks off where the last ended in China with Varan attacking kaiju enthusiast Lucy Casprell and her coworkers. The military put up a struggle, but ultimately its Rodan who flies to the rescue and does battle with Varan. Their skirmish sends Lucy and the group into escape mode thanks to intervention from the Chinese military, as Lucy gets inadvertently knocked into one of the Chinese bases and stumbles upon a dark secret within.

Unless the military turn out to be related to the aliens, this issue is totally devoid of the alien and even Steven Woods plots that had been running up to this point. Instead, the focus here is on Varan, mostly, along with Rodan and a rather seedy Chinese military, run by general with a scar on his face who keeps grimacing to give off a Kato from Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis (1988)/M. Bison from Street Fighter II type of vibe. Speaking of, this is the first full Godzilla issue from IDW with art from Jeff Zornow and he does a good job. The previously mentioned general is given a nice level of detail, while Varan and Rodan both look stellar through out. While the art is pretty solid, there are some panels which are slight misfires, such as the professor in Lucy's group who is drawn oddly at times while the last panel with Godzilla is a little embarrassing, as there is no detail at all in the background making it disorienting.

Sadly, it's a little unfortunate to see Matt Frank off the issue primarily as the cast of coworkers for Lucy are still under developed and the shift in art style makes it even harder to try and pinpoint them. One would hope that a whole issue dedicated to them would allow for them to be fleshed out a little... but this is the issue's biggest weakness as Lucy still feels vapid and the whole middle section with her and the professor, where she blurts out a military secret in the open, comes off as cartoony and makes all of the characters seem a little bipolar. About the only one explored a bit is Jeremy, and is the only one besides Lucy that is mentioned by name, who cements his status as an all around douche for pushing one of his coworkers behind him as he tries to escape. How that does not become a major issue of contention in the group is beyond me.

Now I have avoided spoilers so far, but would implore anyone who hasn't read the issue yet to stop reading this review as I'm going to dive into them, plus feel this comic is better read with a few surprises. That said, looking at the character icons on the second page, it should be apparent that this issue is the grand debut of Gaira and Sanda from The War of the Gargantuas (1966). Gaira has a pretty substantial role as well, and in fact the highlight of the issue is his battle with Varan. The much smaller Gaira is brutal and the fight packs a lot of energy into the panels thanks to Zornow's art. Plus, as a Toho fan, its pretty refreshing to see him in new media, since its not often the monster gets a highlight like this.

As for the covers, the main one is done by interior artist Jeff Zornow and boasts Varan and Rodan fighting over the Great Wall of China. The alternate, for a change, is by Matt Frank and has an outline of Godzilla, with Varan inside, against a backdrop with Rodan in the sky. Both covers are great, but the Zornow one has the more dynamic pose and is the more eye catching of the two.

Overall, an okay issue that gets bonus points for featuring the Gargantuas and very enjoyable to read battles. One-off stories like the one in this book, which hark back to the days of comics before they were written for trades, are enjoyable but the series needs to start fleshing out the characters to give the reader something to latch onto if more plots of this nature are introduced going forward.


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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #5 Reaction Thread

Postby MekaGojira3k » Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:28 pm

So, I liked the issue, but it starts out as one of the most mundane things to come out of this series thus far, LUCKILY an interesting debut for Gaira and Sanda has enough of a mystery to bring it closer to par with the quality of previous issues. I guess this will be the plot of issues 5-8. I will say I think this is my least favorite issue of the series thus far but that it is still leagues better than ANY of the last ongoing. :D
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #5 Reaction Thread

Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Sat Nov 02, 2013 4:19 am

Can't really agree with the above sentiment when taking issue #2
into account, which was an absolute waste of time and panel space. However, with the exception issue #2, this has been a surprisingly good series thus far.


Anyways, here is a review from a YouTube user:
http://youtu.be/oMM2zeSHRAw

Honestly, this guy definitely doesn't seem like the most articulate guy out there (he says "things are happening!" in every single one of his damn reviews), but it's one of the few(only) YouTube reviews of these books out there, and at least he seems honest and not full of himself.
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #5 Reaction Thread

Postby MekaGojira3k » Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:24 am

Well I don't hate GINO (the design/character as he has become since the initial film appearance) as much as some. So that's probably why I have no problem with 2.
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #5 Reaction Thread

Postby Shin_Edda_Robo!!!!! » Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:43 am

Woah. Sounds like I gotta get hunting for this issue.

I wasn't bothered at all with issue two either. I really don't care for Zilla, but I don't hate him enough for his appearance to ruin a decent story.
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #5 Reaction Thread

Postby Hybrid Gojira » Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:08 pm

I haven't been disappointed with any issue so far in this series. Issue 5 is great, especially the action scenes we are treated to.

If only IDW had launched their Godzilla comics with something like Rulers of Earth..
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #5 Reaction Thread

Postby klen7 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:46 pm

Issue 5 sold 6,920 copies, which is decent especially considering the hemorrhaging reader loss between each of the previous ongoings issues.
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #5 Reaction Thread

Postby MekaGojira3k » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:00 pm

klen7 wrote:Issue 5 sold 6,920 copies, which is decent especially considering the hemorrhaging reader loss between each of the previous ongoings issues.


Wow, that's great :D
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #5 Reaction Thread

Postby Silver Kamen » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:05 pm

klen7 wrote:Issue 5 sold 6,920 copies, which is decent especially considering the hemorrhaging reader loss between each of the previous ongoings issues.


That is really good.... I can't say that it shocks me though.
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