Friday, November 29, 2013

Booknote: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth

Chris Mowry and Matt Frank, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth. San Diego, CA: IDW, 2013. ISBN: 9781613777497.

I wanted to like this, but it was a convoluted mess for the most part. New giant monsters appear, and no one is sure why. Godzilla fights them, gets wounded, manages to overcome for now with a little help. But that is not all. There is an alien race behind the scenes plotting to take over the Earth, and the humans are unaware of that. These aliens seem to behind some of the monsters. We can add in the mandatory for this kind of story overeager youth "expert" who is there more for the cute factor, and we get a pretty average comic. This was mostly a bunch of monster fight scenes with some dialogue tossed in between. The alien conspiracy element has potential, but we are not given enough on that front yet. The comic is part of a continuing series, so readers may want to consider if they want to read on to see if it gets better or not. I am not sure I will.

Bottom line: this had about as much substance as one of those bad Transformers movies with a lot of explosions, and the humans pretty much standing around while the monsters duke it out. It's a light read, but there is not much else here. This volume is a compilation of the first few issues of the series. For further information, here is a link to IDW's series promo.

I am giving it a 2 out of 5 stars as the book was mostly ok.

Disclosure note: In order to keep The Man happy this is where I tell you that I read this book as an e-book galley from the publisher via NetGalley. It was provided in exchange for an honest review. Book due for publication on December 17, 2013.

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