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Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #6 Reaction Thread

Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:20 am

Post your thoughts here.

Here's a review from TK:

http://www.tohokingdom.com/comics/idw_g ... th_06.html

Issue six in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth and the tradition of offbeat battles with good actions continues, carried along thanks to great art by Matt Frank, although this issue also continues the trend of being light on plot, especially for the human cast which isn't given much to do.

For the story the comic picks up with Godzilla approaching the new Gigan in Las Vegas, who earlier had freed the Millennian UFO that is flying nearby. The cyborg monster proves quite formidable, easily defeating Godzilla and allowing the UFO to absorb his genetic makeup. However, the humans send in backup for the King of the Monsters as Moguera arrives to wage a war with Gigan.

The pacing in this issue is pretty good, thanks to the abundant supply of action, although it makes for a relatively quick read. Steven Woods does appear, helping in the evacuation of Las Vegas, but otherwise just provides brief scenes of commentary and interaction with the Moguera crew, who oddly enough hardly even speak at all. Lucy Casprell and her coworkers, who featured so prominently in Godzilla Rulers of Earth #5, are nowhere to be found here as the story now seems to be rotating between the human cast without really developing either side of the coin.

Looking past complaints with the human side of things, the comic does deliver with the battles. I'm a big fan of the new mix of combatants the comics keep using, with this one having a nice tussle between Gigan and Moguera. The two are pretty evenly matched, making for an interesting fight and despite what many assume for the mech, since it waged mostly long distance strikes in Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994), the machine goes mostly for melee range attacks. The art by Matt Frank is spot on here as well, and great to have him back after an issue vacation. All four of the main monsters look stellar, with Matt infusing a bit of personality in each like the priceless expression Gigan has when accidentally hitting the UFO; however, sadly Matt seems to draw Gigan's beam weapon as a single ray rather than the unique cluster blast he had in Godzilla Final Wars (2004). Small complaints aside, the art is definitely the highlight of the issue.

Now I have avoided spoilers so far, and would recommend reading the issue first before completing the review. That out of the way, its no shocker that Orga does appear in this comic given the cover, but he is presented as an out of control big bad, which is rather unexpected. I'll save full spoilers, but this is probably the best Orga has ever been represented. Sadly, the issue ends on an overly long cliffhanger with Jet Jaguar, as the comic spends just enough time showing him off that it kind of overshadows the more interesting conflict with the four monsters while at the same time transitioning away from it to stifle a sense of satisfying closure.

In terms of the covers, there are two solid ones to pick from for this issue. The main one is done by interior artist Matt Frank and features a close up, split view of Gigan and Orga as Moguera and Godzilla sit below. The alternate cover is done by Jeff Zornow and is a little more dynamic, having Gigan and Orga attacking Moguera. While both covers are great, in this instance I would give the edge to the Frank version as all of the monsters look spot on while Godzilla looks little strange in the Zornow cover.

Overall, an okay issue, with energetic battles and great art saving what is a quick read otherwise. The plot being light and the lack of progress in the arching story, with the Devonian aliens feeling more like TV show villains who just move from one failed plan to the next without building toward an ultimate goal, make these books fun for the popcorn entertainment but don't feel like they are firing on all cylinders.

As a side note, there seems to be a conflict in who did the coloring for this issue. The front cover credits long time colorist Ronda Pattison, while the interior credits Priscilla Tramontano, who started doing the colors with Godzilla Rulers of Earth #3.
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #6 Reaction Thread

Postby Zack Metoyer » Wed Nov 27, 2013 8:15 pm

It was t-e-h s-u-c-k, except for JJ, who is the BEST.
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #6 Reaction Thread

Postby MekaGojira3k » Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:49 pm

I dunno, I really enjoyed it. I went in expecting no humans from the sounds of things, but there's plenty given all of the other stuff going on.
I dug the fact that Orga was the Roswell Incident. :D
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #6 Reaction Thread

Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:58 am

Zack Metoyer wrote:It was t-e-h s-u-c-k, except for JJ, who is the BEST.


Care to elaborate?
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #6 Reaction Thread

Postby Zack Metoyer » Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:18 am

I won't elaborate on JJ since it's sort of a surprise. As for the suckiness, it is mostly due to the fact that there is zero character development in the issue except for Steven Woods yelling into a microphone.
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #6 Reaction Thread

Postby Shin_Edda_Robo!!!!! » Thu Nov 28, 2013 11:35 am

Zack Metoyer wrote:I won't elaborate on JJ since it's sort of a surprise. As for the suckiness, it is mostly due to the fact that there is zero character development in the issue except for Steven Woods yelling into a microphone.


I can be okay with one issue without character development, since that fight was friggin awesome.
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #6 Reaction Thread

Postby O.Supreme » Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:19 pm

Since the human characters are pretty much inconsequential to me, I thought the issue was great. The fight scenes were really awesome, until the end...I dunno... I really have a soft spot for Jet Jaguar, but I'm sorry he just looked goofy & out of place. With any of the kaiju, you can add detail to them without changing their identity, but Jet Jaguar looks like he stepped right out of 1973, especially with G-Force Moguera (which they just called Moguera for obvious reasons) in the same issue. But to be honest I dont know how it could be fixed. If any attempt is made to modernize his look, then he ceases to be Jet Jaguar. I dont regret his appeaerance, as I believe every Toho creation should be included. Perhaps the next issue will provide a plausible explanation as to why such a throwback would be used since it will no doubt be a "talkie" and the fight between Godzilla & Jet Jauguar will be secondary.
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #6 Reaction Thread

Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Fri Nov 29, 2013 10:06 pm

Zack Metoyer wrote:I won't elaborate on JJ since it's sort of a surprise. As for the suckiness, it is mostly due to the fact that there is zero character development in the issue except for Steven Woods yelling into a microphone.



Believe me, no one was a bigger critic of Kingdom of Monsters than myself in regards to the dismal lack of character development. However, this is Godzilla, not Shakespeare, and I don't think it's worth complaining about not having "super duper developed, in-depth human characters that shows their inner souls, subconscious motives, and tortured pasts" in every single issue on every single page of a G comic...I think ROE, although rocky at times, is doing a fairly decent job overall of building characters over time while also focusing on the kaijus' character developments (yes, they are characters themselves, and in the first two ongoings, they were very poorly developed, with most of them lacking any personality and just being treated as big, dumb, interchangeable monsters... Not really sure why this aspect is always overlooked, for I think it's just as important as good human characters)....
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #6 Reaction Thread

Postby Shin_Edda_Robo!!!!! » Sat Nov 30, 2013 4:24 am

O.Supreme wrote:Since the human characters are pretty much inconsequential to me, I thought the issue was great. The fight scenes were really awesome, until the end...I dunno... I really have a soft spot for Jet Jaguar, but I'm sorry he just looked goofy & out of place. With any of the kaiju, you can add detail to them without changing their identity, but Jet Jaguar looks like he stepped right out of 1973, especially with G-Force Moguera (which they just called Moguera for obvious reasons) in the same issue. But to be honest I dont know how it could be fixed. If any attempt is made to modernize his look, then he ceases to be Jet Jaguar. I dont regret his appeaerance, as I believe every Toho creation should be included. Perhaps the next issue will provide a plausible explanation as to why such a throwback would be used since it will no doubt be a "talkie" and the fight between Godzilla & Jet Jauguar will be secondary.



Best explanation I can think up is that a Superhero or Wrestling otaku made him up. It would explain his moveset, that's for sure.
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #6 Reaction Thread

Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:50 pm

Online fan review of ROE #6 (contains spoilers):

http://youtu.be/wrjUjzjAx7w
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #6 Reaction Thread

Postby Destroyer D » Sat Dec 07, 2013 1:22 am

I do not give a darn about character development. I WANT MONSTER FIGHTS!! This series is perfect to me. I'm finally getting want I want in a Godzilla comic series. :D
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #6 Reaction Thread

Postby klen7 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 3:43 pm

Issue 6 sold 6,653 copies which unfortunately didnt continue issue 5's trend of increased sales, but overall the series has had fairly consistent numbers, so thats something. Maybe the new trailer drop will drive numbers up ::crosses fingers::
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