With me being such a big fan of both Godzilla and Comic Books, I can certainly say that IDW’s Godzilla: Rulers of Earth is one of the greatest Comics ever made. Volume 1 collects the first 4 issues and is a brilliant introduction to the series as it allows the readers to be well immersed in both the story and characters it has to offer.
The story in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Volume 1 is that giant monsters (also known as Kaiju) have been appearing all around the world and everyone wants to know why. In order to combat the threat of the Kaiju, it’s up to the CKR (Counter-Kaiju Reaction forces) to keep the Kaiju at bay. At the same time, a scientific research group called the Kaiju Watchers are trying to find the answer as to why the Kaiju are appearing. As the story progresses, it’s revealed that two alien forces called the Cryog, and the Devonians are planning on taking over the Earth by using their own Kaiju to destroy all the humans.
Chris Mowry’s writing is perfect as it allows the story to have a very good pace, lot’s of awesome Kaiju action, and great foreshadowing. The human and aliens characters also help with the story as they add depth to the plot without being a distraction.
The artwork by Matt Frank is brilliant and is perfect for this series because it allows the humans, aliens, and the Kaiju to look brilliant. One of the best parts of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Volume 1 is when Godzilla fights none other than Zilla in Hawaii. It’s definitely a great homage to when Godzilla fought Zilla in Godzilla: Final Wars from 2004. Matt Franks art also helps make the scene look even more awesome than it already is.
As I mentioned earlier, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Volume 1 has great foreshadowing. A perfect example is in the beginning when Gigan rises from the Grand Canyon in Arizona and is attacked by Kumonga. The Cryog see this and it gives them the idea that Gigan must be upgraded. After the battle between Gigan and Kumonga, Gigan is summoned to the Cryog base for upgrades and is not seen again until Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Volume 2. The next example is when Zilla retreats from his battle with Godzilla. He’s not seen again and this is meant to show that Zilla will return at some point in the series. The final battle in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Volume 1 is when Godzilla and Mothra team up and fight Destroyah. It’s a great fight to see and is very well written and well drawn.
The ending where the Kaiju Watchers are in China and end up encountering Varan is brilliant set up for Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Volume 2. The ending is drawn by Jeff Zornow, and he does a very good job at drawing both the humans and Varan. What I also liked was how Chris Mowry was able to give Kumonga a small but very important role in the story as without his appearance and him fighting Gigan, the part of the story in which the Cryog decide that Gigan should be upgraded couldn’t happen.
So overall, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Volume 1 is a brilliant comic to read and a great beginning for the entire series.
I give Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Volume 1 Two Thumbs Up, and 5/5 Stars.