The Trilopods continue to provide earth’s monsters with parasitic beats downs. Unfortunately for them, they’ve come across Gorosaurus, who’s ready to kick names and take ass. Is it good?
Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #22 (IDW Publishing)
Oh good lord it starts off good. Gorosaurus gives the interstellar dust mites all they can handle for a few pages. Once the trilopds absorb some Gorosaurus awesomeness, however, the fight turns quite quickly.
So this was a pretty cool start to the issue. Unfortunately, Woods comes in and takes a giant dump all over it. Not only does he have a House epiphany to figure out key plot point, but he completely laughs off his partner’s concerns about how terrible the Trilopod threat is.
Seriously, Woods? I know you’ve been through all this before, but even someone like me (who’s not very well-versed in IDW’s Godzilla mythology) can tell that this is a next level disaster for humanity.
…and that grey streak in your hair looks ridiculous.
Meanwhile, Godzilla and Space Godzilla grudgingly decide to join forces to defeat their Trilopod captor. We’re treated to yet another incredible fight scene, capped off with Godzilla collapsing at the end from exhaustion. Space Godzilla then finally reveals a little about himself (mainly that he’s a back stabbing douche bag).
None of that, however, compares to what happened next, which was gorgeously rendered in a two page spread by Matt Frank that made me curse the digital reading format. We’re also treated to an ending that promises an awesome fight next month… if Godzilla is still alive.
Is It Good?
Of course Godzilla’s still alive. It’s his book, which had been on a tear of late.
Unfortunately, the human characters drag down some really special kaiju fight scenes in this one, particularly the behavior/dialogue of Woods.
It’s a shame, because in addition to Frank’s pencils, Priscilla Tramontano’s colors are absurdly gorgeous. The fight with Gorosaurus may have been kind of pointless, but it was so well rendered and choreographed that it didn’t matter.
On a related note, ‘SPLINCH’ may be my favorite bite SFX caption of all time.
And the fight involving Space Godzilla and Big G himself was outstanding. Those darn humans just couldn’t get out of the way of the issue.
Let’s hope that as the series closes in on its final issue, Woods and Co. can be as interesting (from a character standpoint) as the kaiju…or all get stomped on. Either is fine.
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