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‘Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #3’: a comics review

Out of all the reviews I’ve made on this blog, the review where I reviewed the first two Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters issues have been by far the most popular (you can see that here). With that in mind I decided I should review the rest of the series as it comes out. And with that comes Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #3.

Writing:

This issue essentially picks up where #2 left off. Though there are some gaps as Godzilla is no longer destroying Japan, but rather working his way through Korea. There is no Rodan in this issue beyond a small image detailing the naming of the three kaiju thus far (Godzilla, Rodan, and Anguirus). Anguirus gets some action while rampaging through Texas, but on the whole there is little kaiju action here and it’s a tad disappointing. The back cover of #2 teased fighting between the three kaiju, but there was none of that here. Instead of kaiju action there are parodies of U.S. cultural trends, such as a spoof on Lady Gaga and the whole birther movement with Obama. I don’t feel like it adds much to the work. What was done well was a reinterpretation of the two twin girls associated with Mothra. It’s distinctly different from the film series, but still interesting, considering the images on the last page of the issue juxtaposed with what is given before in the issue.

Art:

The art remains about the same as in the prior issues. The problem of white space as a means of conveying landscape and filling space is pretty much taken care of by now. It’s hard to evaluate the quality of kaiju art in this issue because of the short amount of time they’re actually given. However, Phil Hester’s design for the larval form of Mothra is pretty great compared to how they look in the films (specifically Mothra vs. Godzilla). Because of the greater cultural parody focus of the issue, there also an emphasis on humans, who given a more cartoon-ish design as they had been in prior issues. But it makes the issue feel more cartoon-y because the emphasis is on them and not the kaiju.

Final Opinion:

I was expecting much more from this issue than what I was given. It wasn’t bad, but I was really hoping for the kaiju fighting to have begun by the third issue. I know there’s more interesting things in Godzilla works than the kaiju fighting, but that’s what gives the franchise it’s popularity today. It’s the expectation, but not seen here. I just hope it shows up in issue #4 (the back cover also teases this).

Godzilla is owned by Toho Studios. Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters is licensed and published by IDW Publishing. It’s co-written by Eric Powell and Tracy Marsh. It’s penciled by Phil Hester and colored by Ronda Pattison.

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