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Godzilla: Rulers Of Earth Volume 4 Graphic Novel Review

Godzilla- Rulers of Earth Volume 4 Graphic Novel

The fourth volume of “Godzilla: Rulers of Earth” is the best to date.

Taking place after the events of volume 3, volume 4 (which contains issues 13-16) finds the story jumping ahead in time by 4 years. In this time period, the Devonians and Godzilla are still missing, the Kaiju are still living on the Monster Islands, Mr. Woods is out of the CKR Teams but is still working with them, and Lucy is continuing her research on kaiju as a member of the Monster Islands Research Team. Alas, this time of peace turns out to be short lived. Not only does Godzilla awaken in the Arctic Circle, but the Cyrogs have resurfaced. As if all of that wasn’t enough, new Mechagodzillas are being built by a mysterious person to maliciously destroy all of the kaiju.

Up until now, writer Chris Mowry’s “Godzilla: Rulers of Earth” had been an uneven, but always entertaining comic book series. In the fourth volume, however, things certainly pick up. The human characters still don’t have much to do, but there’s so many involving subplots and action pieces happening that readers likely won’t care. Between the Godzilla vs. Mechagodzillas (yes, plural) smackdowns and the Mecha surprise that pops up, Godzilla fans are sure to be in kaiju heaven here.

Story aside, the artwork by Matt Frank and Jeff Zornow continues to be near perfect. The human characters are all well defined, but it’s the monsters that look spot on here. This is especially evident in the art gallery, artist concepts, and concept sketches at the back of the graphic novel which feature stunning images such as Godzilla with a legion of flying Mechagodzillas in the background.

Overall Thoughts: “Godzilla: Rulers of Earth” volume 4 rewards patient readers who have stuck with the series. Now, bring on volume 5!

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January 7, 2015 - Posted by | Book review |

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