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Godzilla: Rulers Of Earth Volume 3 Graphic Novel Review

Godzilla- Rulers of Earth Volume 3 Graphic Novel

The third volume of “Godzilla: Rulers of Earth” ramps up the plot.

Picking up where volume 2 left off, volume 3 of “Godzilla: Rulers of Earth” (which contains issues 9-12) finds Professor Ando, Lucy, and the military forces getting getting caught in the kaiju chaos while the Devonians continue to try and conquer Earth. But wait, there’s more! Lucy winds up an island where she encounters the Shobijin twins who tell her of a great prophecy, Gaira and Sanda make a triumphant return, mankind has begun to capture monsters and relocate them to remote islands, a Cyrog is apparently helping humans out, and the military has brought out high powered weapons to attack the kaiju with.

While the first two volumes of writer Chris Mowry’s ambitious Godzilla series were page turners to be sure, the story and characterization were choppy to say the least. While these issues still remain a concern, the story has started to develop more and there are many more character moments in these 4 issues. Don’t get me wrong, ‘Rulers’ still has plenty of kaiju action in this third volume, but major plot points are thankfully starting to come into focus more. I don’t want to give away too many details about the prophecy that is revealed by the twins, but it’s definitely a key component to the story. Likewise, readers find out more about the villainous Devonians and the Cyrogs.

The monsters may be the stars, but the human characters are starting to  receive more page time. Lucy and Woods get some much needed characterization here making them feel less like filler or mere tools for exposition. It will be interesting to see where the characters go from here as things will no doubt become more troublesome for the humans in future issues.

As with past volumes, the third volume concludes with an art gallery and artist concepts of works by artists Jeff Zornow and Matt Frank (whose works continues to shine in these issues). While all of the pieces presented are gorgeous, I’m rather fond of the Gargantuas artwork. It still boggles my mind that these underrated characters are in a Godzilla comic series.

Overall Thoughts: “Godzilla: Rulers of Earth” continues to provide thrills and surprises for fans of the Toho universe.

August 22, 2014 - Posted by | Book review | , , ,

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