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Godzilla: Rulers Of Earth Volume 5 Graphic Novel Review

Godzilla-Rulers of Earth Volume 5 Graphic Novel

The fifth volume of “Godzilla: Rulers of Earth” is a bit too busy.

With the fifth volume (which contains issues 17-20), writer Chris Mowry crams in as much as he possibly can. Among the plotlines readers can expect to see in this volume are: Several Kaiju appearances (including Ebirah!), the Cyrogs planning more chaos, Godzilla battling numerous foes, Lucy undergoing a change which puts her in serious trouble, eggs hatching in Brazil, Mr. Woods returning to the CKR, the Shobijin bringing bad news, and Minette, Mallory, and Battra stirring up loads of trouble.

As you can no doubt tell from the above description, a lot happens in volume 5. In fact, a little too much happens in such a short span. While there’s never a dull moment in these pages packed with Kaiju on Kaiju action and plot twists, it would have been nice if Mowry let the reader breathe a little. Much like with past volumes, events and monster action take precedent over characterization which is a little frustrating. I realize the Kaiju battles sell comics and that’s certainly what readers want to see, but it would be nice to get to know the characters more.

As for the art by Matt Frank and Jeff Zornow, it’s good, but a little uneven here. The characters are a little cartoony at times and there were far too many sloppy close-ups during action panels. Still, every single Kaiju character is perfectly detailed here (especially the Big G himself) which is what matters most.

Note: As per usual, there is a stunning cover art gallery by Matt Frank and Jeff Zornow (love that Godzilla vs. Ebirah piece) and artist concept pages in the back of the graphic novel.

Overall Thoughts: If you’ve been reading this far, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t keep reading more. At this point, I think everyone who has invested their time into ‘Rulers of Earth’ wants to see how it all plays out.

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July 20, 2015 - Posted by | Book review | ,

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