Godzilla: Rulers Of Earth Volume 2 Review by Eugene Alejandro

IDW’s Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Volume 2 collects issues 5-8 and is a good follow up to the first Volume. 

The story starts off where Volume 1 left off as we see the Kaiju Watchers being chased by Varan in China. Before Varan can get to them, he is suddenly attack by Rodan, and the two begin fighting. While they’re fighting, the Kaiju Watchers go to a Chinese military base for safety. One of the members however, ends up discovering that the Chinese military base contains the green Gargantua Gaira for scientific research.

Varan and Rodan end up crashing into the military base, and the member of the Kaiju Watchers that found Gaira decides to release him in order to fend off both Kaiju. Rodan retreats, and Varan ends up fighting Gaira. Varan then decides to fly away, but Gaira grabs Varans tail as he flies. The brown Gargantua Sanda then appears trying to reach out to Gaira but to no avail. The Kaiju Watchers then arrive at an airport so that they can keep searching for Godzilla.

Afterwords, Godzilla shows up in Las Vegas to fight the upgraded Gigan which is the design Gigan had in Godzilla: Final Wars. Gigan has the upper hand until the CKR (Counter Kaiju Reaction forces) calls for Moguera to defeat Gigan. But before Moguera showed up, Gigan was able to knock Godzilla conscious which gave the Cryog the opportunity to use one of their aircraft’s to absorb Godzilla. The aircraft ends up exploding revealing Orga. Godzilla is able to recover, but he now has to face both Gigan and Orga.

Orga was able to easily defeat Moguera which now makes Godzilla outnumbered. But before all hope seems lost, Jet Jaguar shows up to help Godzilla defeat both Gigan, and Orga. Orga is defeated by Jet Jaguar and the Cyrog try to recover the remains of Orga, but at the same time, they end up abducting two members of the CKR. Both Godzilla and Jet Jaguar succeed in defeating Gigan, but Godzilla (still unaware that Jet Jaguar is suppose to be his ally) ends up attacking Jet Jaguar. This leaves Jet Jaguar no choice but to knock Godzilla unconscious, and throw him into the ocean.

The Cryog then discover the two CKR members that are inside their ship and decide to eliminate them. But before the Cryog can finish off the CKR members, Jet Jaguar shows up and saves the two CKR members. Afterwords, the Cryog ask the Devonians for help, but the Devonians refuse because they’ve figured out that the Cyrog are planning on betraying them. The Devonians summon Biollante to destroy the Cryog, but Godzilla shows up and ends up fighting Biollante which allows the Cryog to flee.

While Godzilla and Biollante are fighting each other, Biollante has the upper hand. Godzilla decides to use his Atomic Breath to cause the Volcano on the island both him and Biollante are on to erupt so that he can throw Biollante into the Lava which ends Biollante’s life. After that, The Kaiju Watchers are on a ship trying to look for Godzilla, and 3 Kaiju Manda, Titanosaurus, and Gezora appear from the ocean right in front of them ending Volume 2 of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth.

Just like in the first Volume, Chris Mowry’s writing is very solid. It’s also very cool to see Gaira and Sanda in something Godzilla related (especially since they’ve never been in any other Godzilla media in the past).

Matt Franks artwork also continuous to be spot on. Issue 5 is drawn entirely by Jeff Zornow and his art is spectacular (especially the way he draws Rodan).

The ending is a very great lead in to Volume 3 as it gets the readers anticipated to see the story continue.

Godzilla: Rulers Of Earth Volume 2 is a good follow up to Volume 1, and is perfect for any Godzilla fan. 

I give Godzilla: Rulers Of Earth Volume 2 5/5 Stars, and 2 Thumbs up.

Godzilla: Rulers Of Earth Volume 1 Review by Eugene Alejandro

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.