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Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #23 - Reaction Thread

Postby Benjamin Haines » Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:37 pm

I haven't had a chance to read this yet but it came out this week.

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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #23 - Reaction Thread

Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 2:22 am

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http://www.tohokingdom.com/comics/idw_g ... th_23.html
With just a few issues to go, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #23 continues the Trilopods' invasion as humanity turns toward King Caesar as a savior. This issue largely focuses on the appearance of the Okinawa deity, featuring good artwork by Matt Frank and some additional story development from writer Chris Mowry.

In terms of the story, the issue opens with a flashback of the psychic twins Minette and Mallory in their youth. Together with their mom, they are attacked by a Kamacuras. Mothra arrives to save them and inadvertently kills their mom while assaulting the Kamacuras. Present day, the twins wake the fallen Battra, hoping to once more direct his fury toward the remnants of Mothra. This takes them to Okinawa where the Shobijin are helping to awake King Caesar. Battra assaults the group, attempting to destroy the humans and Shobijin, until King Caesar is awoken...

The comic gives some much needed backstory to the psychic twins, who have been shrouded in total mystery ever since they came onto the scene WAY back in Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #3. Their backstory does feel like shades of Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999), but adds a nice air of tragedy to them and helps explain their hatred for Mothra. This is followed by a brief attempt to wake King Caesar until Battra arrives and the Okinawa deity emerges to face him.

This series has been excellent in the popcorn entertainment department, and this issue continues that trend. A few spoilers are contained here after, so please use this as a jump off point if its a concern. Now King Caesar comes off as a very formidable fighter in this issue. While his reflective eyes, seen on the cover, are never actually used in the comic, he does well against Battra showing both strength and agility like he has in the movies.

In terms of the art, the issue is good but not one of the better performances in the series. On the plus side, Matt Frank draws an incredible King Caesar. His face is very animated through out all of this and his eyes show a great deal of personality. On the flip side, Battra is drawn weaker here, which is odd as Frank has done an incredible Battra in issues past. In this comic he is drawn with a more chunky midsection and smaller wings than other appearances. Regardless, the issue as a whole has solid artwork, even if its at an A level versus the A+ level of some past comics in this run.

For the covers, the clear winner this time is the Matt Frank one that showcases Battra fighting King Caesar. While Battra was drawn weaker inside the comic, he looks awe inspiring on the cover. The dynamic action shot of both monsters locked in combat is great as well. The alternate cover is done by Jeff Zornow and shows a fallen Godzilla as a SpaceGodzilla fused Trilopod stands in the distance. It's a good image, although isn't exactly tied much with this comic as Godzilla is only on the final page in this issue.

Overall, there are better issues in the run, but it's nice to see King Caesar get a highlight issue like this and to see so much focus on an original confrontation with Battra. One thing to note is that the issue doesn't feel like it's wrapping up the climax, and with only a couple issues left it will be interesting to see how this whole thing comes to a resolution.
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #23 - Reaction Thread

Postby Gentleman » Sat Apr 25, 2015 3:22 pm

Caesar has long been one of my favorite kaiju. I was thrilled to see his starring role in this ish.
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #23 - Reaction Thread

Postby MekaGojira3k » Sat Apr 25, 2015 6:42 pm

I like how they're playing up Caesar, but I would have liked it to have the prophecy from GvsMG to summon him.
Although, I think Toho probably would have nixed that because they're crazy.

2 (but basically 3 because od the double sized issue) more issues to go! I may not be as crazy HYPERBOLE EVERY RELEASE as I was at the beginning, but there are a couple of reasons for that. 1st, I felt like the pacing was more satisfying for the first 12 issues or so, and 2nd, even with my minor issues the comics were all maintaining such a great quality it's hard to gush each release.

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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #23 - Reaction Thread

Postby Benjamin Haines » Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:21 pm

This issue was pretty good. King Seesar takes center stage here and his battle with Battra is great.

This detour focusing on the psychic twins has felt really out of place so late into Rulers of Earth's run. Those leftover characters from Kingdom of Monsters were utilized to decent effect in the RoE #13-16 arc (basically an excuse to feature Mecha King Ghidorah) but suddenly turning them into lingering antagonists for Lucy and the others feels pointless and uninteresting.
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Hopefully King Seesar smashed them thoroughly.

I've got to say, Rhizon and Emperor Karkaro are the two most interesting characters in this whole series. The interplay between them is terrific.
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #23 - Reaction Thread

Postby MekaGojira3k » Mon Apr 27, 2015 11:17 am

Benjamin Haines wrote:This issue was pretty good. King Seesar takes center stage here and his battle with Battra is great.

This detour focusing on the psychic twins has felt really out of place so late into Rulers of Earth's run. Those leftover characters from Kingdom of Monsters were utilized to decent effect in the RoE #13-16 arc (basically an excuse to feature Mecha King Ghidorah) but suddenly turning them into lingering antagonists for Lucy and the others feels pointless and uninteresting.
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I've got to say, Rhizon and Emperor Karkaro are the two most interesting characters in this whole series. The interplay between them is terrific.


I feel like it was to give them some kind of origin and further their connection to Battra. To kind of add to them because after what was gonna happen there wouldn't be another chance.
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #23 - Reaction Thread

Postby klen7 » Tue Apr 28, 2015 2:08 pm

MekaGojira3k wrote:I feel like it was to give them some kind of origin and further their connection to Battra. To kind of add to them because after what was gonna happen there wouldn't be another chance.

But doesn't that origin contradict KoM? This is supposed to be in continuity, but they appear younger than they were in KoM, Mothra and Kamacuras are on the scene (despite no monsters at the begining of KoM) and Battra is in adult form rather than Larva form. They also seem to no longer have any powers other than glowy eyes. I was definitely confused by their subplot in this issue.
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #23 - Reaction Thread

Postby MekaGojira3k » Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:36 pm

klen7 wrote:
MekaGojira3k wrote:I feel like it was to give them some kind of origin and further their connection to Battra. To kind of add to them because after what was gonna happen there wouldn't be another chance.

But doesn't that origin contradict KoM? This is supposed to be in continuity, but they appear younger than they were in KoM, Mothra and Kamacuras are on the scene (despite no monsters at the begining of KoM) and Battra is in adult form rather than Larva form. They also seem to no longer have any powers other than glowy eyes. I was definitely confused by their subplot in this issue.


Not really. The girls show up at a school in KOM it never says what happened to their parents or efore any of this. The monsters were on an island, and given all of ROM establishes that the kaiju have existed since ancient times it's not impossible that such a struggle happened without anyone knowing. I also thought the location was implied to be Infant Island.
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #23 - Reaction Thread

Postby klen7 » Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:15 pm

My issue is more that Battra is fully developed in the flashback, but in KoM its introduced as still being in its Larval form.

I also don't know why they chose to use the characters but ignore the abilities they used previously (causing hallucinations,etc). These would have probably aided them more than once in their RoE run.
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #23 - Reaction Thread

Postby Benjamin Haines » Wed Apr 29, 2015 1:16 pm

My issue is that I just don't care about the psychic twin characters. They're such an irrelevant footnote to the rest of Rulers of Earth. It was fine when they were brought back from Kingdom of Monsters in issue #16 of RoE because it gave this series a chance to bring Mecha King Ghidorah into the mix, but the twins' sudden prominence here in the middle of RoE's climactic final arc just feels like a gratuitous sidetrack for fans of that previous-previous ongoing that ended three years ago. Battra's wrath against Mothra and Infant Island and his encounter with King Seesar would have all been fine on its own. Turning it into such a major detour focused on the psychic twins makes it feel like a rehash of the Ayana/Iris plot from Gamera 3.

From the start, Rulers of Earth has always been at its strongest when it's building its own mythology, while its recurring plot detours for the sole purpose of building on the mythology of previous ongoings have served only to marginalize this series as a firmly 'for-dedicated-IDW-Godzilla-readers-only' attraction.
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #23 - Reaction Thread

Postby MekaGojira3k » Fri May 01, 2015 12:05 am

klen7 wrote:My issue is more that Battra is fully developed in the flashback, but in KoM its introduced as still being in its Larval form.

I also don't know why they chose to use the characters but ignore the abilities they used previously (causing hallucinations,etc). These would have probably aided them more than once in their RoE run.


Oh yeah, forgot about that. Eh. Just an artist error I suppose.


I think maybe they just brought them back to create the illusion of cohesion in storytelling...and to wrap EVERYTHING up in case this is the end of the IDW Godzilla Continuity.
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Re: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #23 - Reaction Thread

Postby klen7 » Fri May 01, 2015 12:57 pm

MekaGojira3k wrote:I think maybe they just brought them back to create the illusion of cohesion in storytelling...and to wrap EVERYTHING up in case this is the end of the IDW Godzilla Continuity.
I like that thought. Now lets get a hardcover IDW Omnibus for the IDW continuity... and stick to mini series from here on out.
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