Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors returns with the second issue from writer Erik Burnham and artist Dan Schoening. The story is told from the narrative perspective of main protagonist Cedric Nishimura’s C-Vlog. It focuses heavily on the aftermath of Godzilla’s destruction due in part to the Linival energy company. While the first issue was off to a great start, the pacing of issue #2 runs a bit slower. Most of the story revolves around everyone pondering Godzilla’s motives. But does it hurt the story or move it forward?
Monsters & Protectors #2 is, for the most part, a decent follow-up to the first issue. Two new characters are introduced called the twin high priestesses. They possess mental powers that let them communicate with Mothra. If you’re familiar with all the kaiju in the Godzilla universe, then you’re aware that Mothra is also a protector of Earth, so we could see a showdown in a future issue between Godzilla and Mothra perhaps.
The art maintains its cartoony but effective tone and simple designs. The background environments give the book a very worldly feel. The panel structures are done to look like you’re watching a long-form video from Cedric’s vlog, which is actually a nice touch. There are some cool moments of chaos with Godzilla that make it worthwhile picking up the book as well.
Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors #2, despite feeling at times like it’s going backward, pulls off a good entry in the nascent series. It’ll be interesting to see where the third installment takes us. The ending will at least garners up enough curiosity to make readers return.
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