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Godzilla #1

Posted by David Goodman On May - 23 - 2012

Some of my fondest memories growing up was having the weekend off from school and sitting in front of the television watching Godzilla movies. I think I’ve seen them all at least twice. What is it about watching a giant lizard destroy Tokyo over and over that I find so fascinating?

When IDW announced its new series of Godzilla comics, I was doubtful they could capture the same sense of wonder that the movies had. I mean, they’re comics. But somehow they pulled it off and have published some great Godzilla stories. Now IDW has is launching a new Godzilla ongoing comic, the first issue of which has just hit the stands. How does it stand up? Is Tokyo in trouble?

Godzilla #1
Written by Duane Swierczynski
Art by Simon Gane
Cover by Arthur Adams

From the IDW solicitation: “Ex-special forces tough-guy Boxer is a man with a grudge and vows to end the terror of Godzilla, no matter what. He assembles a top notch team to take down monster-sized threats… at $7 billion a bounty. What starts as a vendetta could become a lucrative business for Boxer… if he can live past day one!”

IDW decided to take a different approach for this new Godzilla series, and have added some human characters as regulars in addition to all the giant, city destroying monsters. It’s a bit jarring if you read and enjoyed Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters, but a change in tone that I think is necessary if you want an ongoing Godzilla book to have a chance to succeed. How many times can you read Rodan or Mothra run amok and not get bored?

I’ll be the first to admit that Duane Swierczynski is not the first name I think of when it comes to writing a Godzilla comic. More known for noir novels and the DC title Birds of Prey, it might seem that he would be a fish out of water here. It turns out that about as far from the case as can be. The man writes a mean Godzilla, and he has created a great character in Boxer. He would be a perfect fit in any Godzilla movie and after only one issue he has made me a fan.

Simon Gane’s artwork has a cartoon like quality that takes some getting used to, but once you do you’ll have a hard time picturing anyone else drawing the comic. Every panel just explodes with action and energy. His Godzilla is huge, intimidating and looks outstanding destroying Washington D.C. You couldn’t ask for much more.

Add in an Arthur Adams cover (who else are you going to get to draw the cover of your first issue?) and you get one hell of a fun comic. Check it out and see for yourself.

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