Part Two: Giant Monsters are the Disease – Meet the Cure…
Boxer is ready to settle the score with Godzilla, and assembles his “Monster Kill Crew,” a group of highly-trained weirdos, each with their own private grudge against the kaiju. As we get to know these mercenaries the team stocks up on all the equipment they’ll need to take down their first bounty—ANGUIRUS!
Story Duane Swierczynski
Art Simon Gane, Ronda Pattison
Cover Zach Howard, Matt Frank
Release Date June 20, 2012
Format FC, 32 Pages
Cover Price $3.99
Last month IDW rebooted/relaunched Godzilla: King of the Monsters with the simply titled ‘Godzilla’. The series follows ex-British Special Forces soldier “Boxer”, who after a very personal loss decides to wage his own war against Godzilla and the rest of the giant monsters. Godzilla #1 was a fantastic debut and gives me really high expectations for this follow up.
Like the previous issue, this begins with monster attacks in various locations including Pittsburgh, Arizona & Scotland. During these attacks we also see the tweets of people dealing with the chaos. Yep, it’s the end of the world and people are tweeting. The main story starts with Boxer, Urv and a female in the back of a military chopper. Via flashbacks Urv & Boxer are re-introduced and we meet two new members of the team. Harrison who was one of the race driver’s during the attack on Brazil by Rodan in the last issue. The female turns out to be Boxer’s ex, Claire Plangman. Claire’s an army scientist who was hired to design anti-giant monster weaponry after the first attacks, she was also the last survivor of Battra’s attack in Seoul. Back in the present the team is in Scotland with their eyes set on taking down Anguirus. After meeting British military they make demands to call the British Permanent Secretary. Boxer says for seven billion pounds they’ll take down Anguirus. While the goverment may have agreed to their price, things don’t go exactly as planned. The story ends with Anguirus having the upper hand and it remains to be seen if the team can take down their first giant monster bounty.
Duane Swierczynski continues to tell plenty of story while making sure it doesn’t slow down any of the action. This is mostly done via narrative boxes, including the Tweets at the beginning of the issue. Swierczynski is starting to give Boxer’s team their own unique personalities and has done a great job quickly introducing their stories via flashbacks. The flashbacks also include a nice twist going back to the seemingly random monster attacks from the previous issue. My only complaint is the fact that Godzilla only appeared on one panel in the entire comic. This issue was pretty much all Anguirus as far as giant monster appearances go. It’s not a big deal though and I understand the restrained use of Godzilla. When we finally get to the inevitable showdown between Boxer and Godzilla it’s going to be brutal.
Simon Gane’s art was fantastic in the last issue and I think it’s even better this time. The amount of detail in the cityscapes and action scenes is insane and works great for a book full of large scale disaster. Gane manages to have a slightly cartoonish style while keeping it gritty and dark which fits Godzilla perfectly. Last issue I said some of the human characters were kind of roughly drawn, i’ve got no complaints now. The facial expressions are perfect, the look of terror on Harrison’s face when Rodan attacks the race track said so much for a small panel. Most importantly the giant monsters continue to be drawn beautifully. He even makes the sometimes adorable and silly looking Anguirus look menacing.
Ronda Pattison’s colors are perfect for Gane’s art, every little detail is enhanced. She makes the backgrounds bright but they don’t look out of place with the mass destruction. There’s a double page spread with Anguirus running through the city and the various shades for the smoke clouds give detail to what could have been a solid color. For the record it’s RONDA (R-O-N-D-A) Pattison, the H is silent and invisible and she is a COLORist. If you read my last review you’ll understand (facepalm).
It’s IDW so there’s always plenty of variant covers for collectors to choose from. Cover A is beautifully drawn by Zach Howard and colored by Nelson Daniel. While Godzilla may not have been underwater this issue (or in any of it that much), it doesn’t stop this from being a beautifully drawn Godzilla stalking the waters. Cover B’s art is by Matt Frank and has the spotlight on an injured Boxer behind a menacing looking Godzilla. The art for the retailer incentive cover is by Jeff Zornow and features Anguirus.
I have my doubts whether Boxer’s A-Team of Monster Hunters can take down the daikaiju population but damnit i’m enjoying the ride. IDW continues to with an excellent ongoing series that so far is doing justice for the King of the Monsters. Add this to your pull list folks, don’t trade wait or you’ll be missing out on this sweet giant monster action.