Part Nine: The Night The Giant Monsters…
The end is NIGH! Space Godzilla and other interstellar enemies arrive on Earth and they’re here to stay… and destroy humanity! Boxer, with his team decimated, realizes just how over his head he is. There’s only one possible ally he can turn to… his greatest enemy, Godzilla!
Story Duane Swierczynski
Art Simon Gane, Ronda Pattison
Cover Bob Eggleton, Matt Frank
Release Date January 23, 2013
Format FC, 32 Pages
Cover Price $3.99
Everything has changed. Urv’s dead, Clare’s missing (presumed dead). As if things weren’t bad enough with Earth’s giant monsters, monsters from space have appeared as predicted. And could it be that Godzilla isn’t meant to destroy the earth but instead he’s the only thing that can save it?
The story begins with Boxer, Asuka & Harrison attempting to steal a car from a crotchety old man (who might be from those Six Flags commercials). While the old man doesn’t seem to care for car jackings there’s small glimpses of the space monsters and earth monsters causing destruction around various parts of the world including a double page spread of SpaceGodzilla. The old man (and any new readers) who hasn’t been paying attention to the world around him is treated to a recap of the previous events. Urv’s dead, Claire’s missing and Godzilla continues to try to break out of the electric fence holding him. Boxer & co. who were planning on freeing Godzilla to stop the space monsters have one less thing to do… because Godzilla broke out by himself. In the commotion Harrison runs off and Godzilla has left. Asuka explains that the worlds various governments and other groups have been planning to use the monsters for their own purposes in what is described as a “monsters arm race”. They were planning on building an army of monsters to rule the world, the very monsters Boxer managed to capture. While Asuka doesn’t know the location of the Monster Island where they are being held, Dr. Pohl does and it looks like they’ll have to get that information from him the hard way.
Duane Swierczynski continues the long tease and build up of the Space Monsters in this one. Boxer and Asuka’s explanation of the current situation to the old man whose car they were stealing was a great recap for any new readers to the book. Only complaints was the lack of monster action and the old man’s forced dialogue.
It may take some getting used to but I think Simon Gane’s cartoon-like art is perfect for this book. I love the amount of detail he puts into the backgrounds, especially the buildings. The double page spread featuring SpaceGodzilla in action is awesome and would make a great poster. I believe as the series has gone on his human characters have improved nicely.
Ronda Pattison’s awesome color work continues to bring out the detail’s of Gane’s work. While the majority of the book is destroyed buildings and dark rubble, she manages to bring vibrant colors with electric fences, monster blasts and the fantastic 2 page spread featuring giant explosions.
Does the main cover remind you of the Dark Horse Godzilla comics? Yes? Well that’s because it was painted by Bob Eggleton who did 6 painted covers for the 1995 series. It’s rare to see Godzilla in that style so I was pretty pleased, especially with his rendition of SpaceGodzilla. The Retailer Incentive cover by Matt Frank features the Space Monsters in front of a black hole. SpaceGodzilla, Monster X, Gigan & Hedorah all look great but i’ll be damned if that’s not one of the best renditions of SpaceGodzilla I’ve ever seen. So awesome.
While there’s only a handful of issues left (I believe #13 is the last for this series), I look forward to the Earth vs Space monster battle royale to determine the future of our planet. This is what the entire series has been building to, Godzilla who was once the the Earth’s biggest problem… could be it’s only hope.