Godzilla: World of Monsters
Review by Paul Bowler
IDW’s Godzilla: World of Monsters features some of the King of the Monsters greatest sagas in one massive 335 page volume that collects the three Godzilla graphic novels: Gangsters & Goliaths by John Layman and Alberto Ponticelli, Cataclysm by Cullen Bunn and Dave Wachter and Oblivion by Joshua Fialkov and Brian Churilla.
This trade collection begins with Godzilla: Gangsters and Goliaths by superstar creators John Layman (Chew) and Alberto Ponticelli (Unknown Soldier). This outstanding tale is perhaps as bizarre as it is ingeniously inventive, when Godzilla ends up classing head on with the Tokyo criminal Yakuza underworld after Detective Makoto Sato embarks on the quest to take down a notorious crime syndicate. Sato’s mission unfortunately earns him a tropical getaway to Monster Island. Here he must fight for survival against gangsters and goliaths – whilst ensiling the help of some very unusual friends along the way. Gangsters & Goliaths is a quirky and exciting spin on the usual Godzilla tropes, with a great story by John Layman, and stylish art from Alberto Ponticelli.
Next up we have Godzilla: Cataclysm by Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun) and Dave Wachter (The Guns of Shadow Valley). Bunn’s ominous Godzilla story takes place many years after a terrifying monster apocalypse that virtually wiped out all of mankind. Now that disaster is only a nightmarish memory for Hiroshi, the elder of one of the few surviving human tribes. But the apocalypse isn’t over yet, far from it, and Hiroshi’s memories of the past may end up being the only hope of saving the future of mankind. This grim tale makes for compelling reading, and the impressive artwork by Dave Wachter depicts the apocalyptic world and monster in action in vivid detail.
Godzilla: Oblivion, written by Joshua Fialkov Doctor Who, I Vampire), with art by Brian Churilla (Big Trouble in Little China), rounds off this Godzilla collection with an adventure set on an Earth where there are no monsters, until a scientist builds a machine that creates a portal to another dimension leading to an Earth-like world where monster rule and Godzilla is the mightiest of them all. When a team embarks on a voyage to explore this alternate reality, they discover what happened to that world, and their frantic return to their own Earth risks brining something very nasty back with them. Oblivion has a unique Sci-Fi unique twist in the story, although the art is a bit variable at times, and lacking in finer detail. Minor quibbles aside, Oblivion remains a fun and action packed Godzilla adventure.
Godzilla: World of Monsters showcases some of the best collections from IDW Publishing’s extensive Godzilla comics. This trade paper back features Godzilla at his best, reigning supreme no matter what world or timeline we find him in, and this excellent trilogy of epic tales has something for every Godzilla fan to enjoy.
Publisher IDW Publishing
Writers John Layman, Cullen Bunn, Joshua Fialkow
Artists Alberto Ponticelli, Dave Wachter, Brian Churilla.
About The Author
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