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Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Postby Eleking » Wed May 18, 2016 7:40 am

IDW's next series goes back to the Lengends & In Hell style with different creative teams per issue.

Publisher: IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Jeremy Robinson, Matt Frank (A) Matt Frank (CA) Bob Eggleton
Move over dinosaurs... monsters used to rule the planet! Travel to different time periods to examine the origin of myths that fueled nightmares! In this first installment, Godzilla brings his terror to feudal Japan!
• From creators who brought you the smash-hit Godzilla in Hell!
• Every issue will see a new creative team of monstrous talent!

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Re: Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Postby klen7 » Wed May 18, 2016 8:59 am

Wow! Love that second cover!

I'm also all in for some Godzilla stories that take place in the distant past.
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Re: Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Postby O.Supreme » Wed May 18, 2016 10:38 am

I'd say this seems awfully similar to the story arc DH used to end their Godzilla ongoing series. But at this point I'll take any Godzilla comic, over no comics at all.
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Re: Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Postby Psycho Soldier » Wed May 18, 2016 1:36 pm

O.Supreme wrote:I'd say this seems awfully similar to the story arc DH used to end their Godzilla ongoing series. But at this point I'll take any Godzilla comic, over no comics at all.


The cover art reminds me of DH Godzilla #10 (where he fights the Spanish Armada) - which I think is pretty cool, considering that was my first Godzilla comic. I need to get caught up on Godzilla in Hell and Oblivion, but I'm definitely interested in this series.
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Re: Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Sun Jun 05, 2016 6:31 pm

O.Supreme wrote:I'd say this seems awfully similar to the story arc DH used to end their Godzilla ongoing series. But at this point I'll take any Godzilla comic, over no comics at all.



The Alex Cox/DH time story arc wasn't all that original, nor that well executed. So I don't mind seeing this concept revisited...and this time w/ access to Godzilla's TOHO kaiju brethren to boot.
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Re: Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Postby DannyBeane » Sun Jun 05, 2016 7:37 pm

Anything right now has to be better than the Oblivion dreck. I just want one issue of Godzilla Rage Across Time to feature Godzilla fighting off the Mongolian's trying to invade Japan.
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Re: Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Postby MekaGojira3k » Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:18 am

DannyBeane wrote:Anything right now has to be better than the Oblivion dreck. I just want one issue of Godzilla Rage Across Time to feature Godzilla fighting off the Mongolian's trying to invade Japan.


Yeah, Oblivion is a struggle to get through. It feels like it's nothing like the concept that was solicited, or at least not the interesting concept. Reminds me of Gangsters & Goliaths, which I didn't think much of when it was coming out, but Oblivion is much harder to get through.
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Re: Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Postby Gentleman » Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:52 pm

Man, I'd love to see fins in a Godzilla comic again. So tired of the dorsal plates.
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Re: Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Postby O.Supreme » Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:14 pm

Preview for #1 on the main site:

http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2016 ... e-preview/

Looking forward to this next week. The Eggleton cover is an interesting fusion of 62 and Millennium.
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Re: Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:21 pm

Wow, an actual Megalon sighting :shock: :shock: :shock: Granted, they're using Megalon in the exact same setting as in ROE (I think the authors of these books need to more carefully research what other authors have already done in previous IDW works, for these IDW books seem to unnecessarily repeat themselves in terms of monster match ups/settings/scenarios a bit too often). Nevertheless, Megalon has been criminally under-utilized, so I'll take it 8) Looks like it's going to be a fun issue, and the artwork looks good and isn't off-putting like the recent G:Oblivion shlock...
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Re: Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Postby O.Supreme » Thu Aug 18, 2016 5:15 pm

another amazing article

http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2016 ... ss-time-1/

And I actually smiled quite a bit when I clicked on the *spoiler* in the article :D . Always wanted to see Godzilla battle
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Re: Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Postby mr.negativity » Sat Aug 27, 2016 2:07 pm

SciFi Japan:
IDW Solicits Godzilla: Rage Across Time #4 and #5 for November 2016
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Re: Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Postby lhb412 » Mon Oct 10, 2016 11:54 pm

Trade waiting, but I leafed through the first two issues and it looks awesome! I was especially happy with Godzilla's new opponents.
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Re: Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Postby klen7 » Wed Oct 12, 2016 8:55 am

i really dug the second issue.
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Re: Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Postby MekaGojira3k » Wed Oct 12, 2016 1:06 pm

I don't know why but the Hydra reminded me of the one from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
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Re: Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Postby lhb412 » Sun Oct 16, 2016 5:43 pm

I caved in and bought #2 off the rack and fished the last copy of #1 from the back issue boxes.
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Re: Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Postby O.Supreme » Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:48 pm

Just picked up issues #4 and #5, while I did not really care for the art/story of #4 (there weren't even any enemy Monsters), #5 certainly made up for it. A fun romp of Monsters in pre-historic times, very little dialogue until the end, with a nice fun twist. Definitely ending on a high note after an issue #4 dud.

I wonder what the future of Godzilla will be with IDW. In 6 years we have had 85 individual comics spread across 3 long running series and 7 short run series. There have only been 6 months without a Godzilla comic in the last 6 years, and 19 months where 2 comics were offered. Of course we don't know anything about 2017 yet...but I hope there is more to come.
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Re: Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Postby mbozzo » Sun Dec 04, 2016 10:48 pm

Issue 1 of Godzilla:Rage Across Time take place in Japan in the year 1274, when Japan was about to get invaded by the Mongolian fleet. The invaders has allied with someone who could control Megalon and Gigan. Two enemies must team up on a quest to get a legendary monster. They get an angry Godzilla instead. Somehow Godzilla has his fire breath before he gain it in 1954. Someone else could have done the things that Godzilla did in that issue. I believe that Mothra was the one who done those things, since the Mothra fairies was in this story. This was the only issue of Godzilla: Rage Across Time that I has brought. :wink:
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Re: Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Postby klen7 » Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:21 pm

So now that this series is over what did people think?

I really liked issue 3 and i thought 2 was pretty solid. Issue 1, i liked most of the art. Issue 5 was just one long roster-wide melee, which is ok, but far too quick a read for the price tag. Issue 4 seemed like an idea for some other mini that was condensed to a single issue, then had Godzilla added to it.
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Re: Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Postby Benjamin Haines » Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:14 pm

Sadly, the only comic book shop near me closed down last year and I haven't been keeping up with IDW's Godzilla comics on a monthly basis since then. I finished Rulers of Earth and collected all of Godzilla In Hell by ordering them online but I'm not paying shipping costs for every individual Godzilla comic that IDW puts out. I haven't bothered to get the trade paperback for Oblivion because I'm not a fan of the kaiju character art I've seen from that but I do plan to get the Rage Across Time TPB eventually. IDW has done really well with the minis that feature different creative teams for every issue (Legends, In Hell) and I'm interested to see how they handled this one.
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Re: Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Postby lhb412 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:17 am

Finally got around to this my piles of unread comics. I really enjoyed it: even if it didn't hang together prefectly it was fun seeing the different creative teams riffing on the same concept for five issues. The first issue was my favorite because of Matt Frank's superb execution of aping the look of traditional Japanese prints, the multiple insider references to the series, and the use of the famous G2K maquette as the Godzilla design. My second favorite was the issue with Hannibal, because I thought the art was really evocative with the painterly color and extravagant costumes the characters wore, as well as the fact that the artist created his own Godzilla design (with elements based off cave formations?) instead of using one of Toho's.
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Re: Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Postby Benjamin Haines » Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:59 pm

I finally got the Godzilla: Rage Across Time trade paperback. I think it's a very strong mini-series. The central concept is simple and allows for some really creative stories set in different time periods.


    Issue #1 - Feudal Japan
    A perfect way to kick off this mini-series. The plot is cool and Matt Frank delivers some of his best artwork in any IDW Godzilla title. I love the fact that Yuji Sakai's Godzilla 2000 maquette design actually got to be used for Godzilla in some form of official media via this comic book. The choice of kaiju opponents is inspired.

    Issue #2 - Ancient Greece
    I liked this one a lot. It's great to see Godzilla battle the Hydra and Zeus himself. The story is engaging and the ending is very imaginative. Tadd Galusha's art is really good too, and his Godzilla looks like it's based on the design that actually appeared in Godzilla 2000.

    Issue #3 - Medieval England
    A nice change of pace, as this is the only one of these issues to not feature Godzilla. Instead we get Mothra fighting Megaguirus, with a cameo appearance from the Showa version of Meganulon! I really liked this story. The bleakness of the Black Death makes for a compelling backdrop and the art by Hugo Petrus is fantastic.

    Issue #4 - Classic Rome
    This issue is mostly set in the Alps as Hannibal Barca strives to take advantage of Godzilla in his effort to reach Rome. It's another terrific story with several memorable and original moments. I dig Pablo Tunica's art, particularly his original Godzilla design (which does have shades of early Showa and the general Millennium look).

    Issue #5 - The Cretaceous
    This issue is brisk but fun. It's one last big monster mash with a cool twist at the end. Jeff Zornow does a good job with the art as always, with several key panels standing out in particular. A lot of kaiju turn up for one final appearance here, the focal point being Godzilla and Anguirus in a tag-team battle against Baragon and Varan.


Overall, there's not a bad issue among them. It's four dynamic stories and one spectacular monster mash, all with different creative teams and a variety of dazzling artistic styles. Rage Across Time is another excellent mini-series from IDW and it makes for a fitting companion piece to Legends and In Hell.

Andrew Nguyen reviewed the Godzilla In Hell trade paperback for Toho Kingdom and he mentioned at the end that IDW's Godzilla license expired in early 2017. I think it's a shame if that spells the end of IDW's Godzilla output. I really enjoyed trekking out to the local comic shop to get the latest Godzilla comic for as many years as I was able to (until there was no local comic shop anymore). Hats off to Bobby Curnow and everyone at IDW who worked to make these Godzilla comics happen for six years. I hope IDW reacquires the rights in the future, but if they don't then they definitely ended their Godzilla tenure on a high note with Rage Across Time.

Although I have to admit, while I'm glad I supported my local comic shop and IDW's Godzilla investment by buying the issues as they came out, I kind of wish my collection consisted of more of these trade paperbacks. Rage Across Time is the first Godzilla TPB I got instead of the individual issues and it really is a better product. It's sturdier, a more convenient read, and they even include full-page spreads for every alternate piece of cover art for each issue.
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Re: Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Postby O.Supreme » Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:14 am

Benjamin Haines wrote:IAndrew Nguyen reviewed the Godzilla In Hell trade paperback for Toho Kingdom and he mentioned at the end that IDW's Godzilla license expired in early 2017. I think it's a shame if that spells the end of IDW's Godzilla output. I really enjoyed trekking out to the local comic shop to get the latest Godzilla comic for as many years as I was able to (until there was no local comic shop anymore). Hats off to Bobby Curnow and everyone at IDW who worked to make these Godzilla comics happen for six years. I hope IDW reacquires the rights in the future, but if they don't then they definitely ended their Godzilla tenure on a high note with Rage Across Time.

Although I have to admit, while I'm glad I supported my local comic shop and IDW's Godzilla investment by buying the issues as they came out, I kind of wish my collection consisted of more of these trade paperbacks. Rage Across Time is the first Godzilla TPB I got instead of the individual issues and it really is a better product. It's sturdier, a more convenient read, and they even include full-page spreads for every alternate piece of cover art for each issue.



Wow I wasn't aware IDW license expired. Looks like it was a 5 year deal, and I'll say IDW did make the most of it. I was also hoping for more, I wasn't aware the deal with Toho was for a limited time. Next month it will have been a full year since RoT ended (the last Godzilla IDW comic).

Looking back...Marvel's 2 year run in the late 70's was fun, but reflects the times, Dark Horses adventures had some great artwork, but ultimately the stories and plots themselves are mostly forgettable. But IDW gave I think , most fans exactly what they wanted (even if it was through various different series). We got awesome adventures, and appearances by pretty much every Toho Kaiju. Rulers of Earth, and the "Legends" mini-series will stand out as a couple of my favorites for a long time to come, I'm not sure any license company will be able to top these, but I'd love to see them try, or failing that, maybe IDW can negotiate again at some point to get the license back.
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Re: Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Postby klen7 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:23 pm

I believe IDW renewed the license at least once during the run (and negotiated additional monsters) - No idea if Legendary Comics killed the IDW run or if IDW just decided to let it go since the numbers pretty much plateaued. They were getting better sales numbers from Magic the Gathering comics.

On the speculation side, the Kong comics coming out of Legendary are branded "Monsterverse" so fingers cross Legendary Godzilla makes a comeback (the writing on Legendary's Kong has been much better than Godzilla Awakening - and leagues better than Kong of Skull Island (from Boom!) I'm curious what else Boom! will do, but this first mini-series turned maxi-series (mid-run) wasn't what I was looking for in Kong comic
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Re: Godzilla: Rage Across Time

Postby lhb412 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:48 pm

^Matt Frank has said he suspects Legendary/WB is the reason behind IDW loosing/not renewing their Godzilla license.
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