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In last month’s issue, Godzilla kicked a lot of ass and we got a lot of badly needed (and superbly executed) exposition. Will issue #10 gives us more of the same (particularly in the ass kicking department). Will the plot finally start making sense to those of us who are not completely knowledgeable about kaiju lore? Is it good?


Godzilla: Rulers of the Earth #10 (IDW Publishing)


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Sanda and Gaira finally reunite off the coast of Australia. Unfortunately, Giara goes all ‘Cain and Abel’ on his brother, starting a massive fight which (understandably) attracts the attention of the military.

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“STOP SAYING THAT OUR MOTHER WAS A CHIA PET!!!”

Sure enough, the cannons start firing, which brings the brothers together just in time as Godzilla pops up to join in on the fun.

Meanwhile, Lucy and Woods flirt a little and make references to continuity that folks who have only read this series (like myself) will be completely unfamiliar.

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No better way to a girl’s heart like saying she reminds you of another one that you had feelings for.

We also learn that the military wants to transport all the monsters to a chain of islands…which they will call the Monster Islands.

This seems to be a pretty noble and heroic gesture, but it starts to border on lunacy when they begin fretting over how to save Sanda and Gaira while their battle in Brisbane is costing countless human lives.

When the heavily armed Mercy Team arrives, they join in with the two brothers, who seem to be handing Godzilla his own ass pretty well by themselves. The end result is Big G getting defeated in a pretty unique fashion while two boys are sedated (off panel, of course), and carried away to their new island home.

Meanwhile, a green alien pops up on some random old couple’s boat near San Diego, warning that one of the alien races from a few issues ago is going to do some really bad stuff (which I thought had already been established, but whatever).

Is It Good?

So yeah… I have absolutely no idea what’s going on… again.

Why did Godzilla join the fight with the two brothers? Why is relocating the monsters so important that Woods’ unit was actually worried about them being killed before they could do it? Why are statements about kaiju popping up all over the world and an alien race being behind it all getting treated as new revelations?

All these dangling plot threads should make for a very poor issue, but fortunately, the stuff we all came for (awesome monster fights) is delivered in spades.

I mean, seriously, I thought that Zornow might have stolen some of Matt Frank’s thunder in the last issue, but Frank’s work in this one is out of this world.

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Even the whale is crapping itself over how cool that looks.

And despite the nonsensical nature/motivations of the issue’s big fight, it is so beautifully drawn and choreographed that my lingering questions about what the heck was going on were stunned into blissful (if still temporary) silence.

I’m happy for the longtime fans of IDW’s Godzilla series; they have a book that is steeped in lore and mythology that they love and know very well. For the rest of us, however, the ability to enjoy this book has come down to whether or not the fight scenes make it worth reading through a plot that will often times leave you scratching your head.

In this issue’s case, the answer is yes.

Is It Good? Godzilla: Rulers of the Earth #10 Review
Matt Frank's art isn't just good in this issue...it's INSANELY good.The issue's major fight scene is so beautifully illustrated and choreographed that you might be willing to forget that...
..the plot is back to making very little sense.References in lore and mythology that many will not be familiar with makes this one great for die hard fans, but near impossible to understand for casual readers.
6Overall Score
Reader Rating 9 Votes
8.2
  • David Brooke

    Choreographed scenes were my favorite part of the first few issues.

    • RamblingBeachCat

      …and they continued to be the series’ major (and often only) saving grace.

  • Daniel

    Hey Nick, I can explain these ‘dangling plot points’ but really none of them have to do with being a die hard fan. You really just had to read the previous issues.

    #1.Why did Godzilla join the fight with the two brothers?
    Because he’s in defensive mode. Ever since this started creatures have been appearing over and over again that he’s never seen before. And with the exception of Mothra (and maybe Moguera) all of them have been hostile. So when he sees them, he assumes they are as well and goes in pursuit. This is even referenced on the panel when it says he doesn’t recognize their scent.

    #2.Why is relocating the monsters so important that Woods’ unit was actually worried about them being killed before they could do it?
    I don’t think it’s so much Woods is worried per se, simply stating a fact. Now as far as the scientists are concerned, as always I’m sure they are concerned with being able to study these creatures alive and in a confined habitat.

    #3.Why are statements about kaiju popping up all over the world and an alien race being behind it all getting treated as new revelations?
    The kaiju popping up all over the world thing is going to keep being asked until it is explained just like if such a thing happened in real life because with each new discovery there are more casualties and unseen environmental dangers and the like. Also, the alien threat of the Devonians is not known. The people knew about the Cryog, the ones responsible for attacking the base in issue #3 and Gigan and Orga’s attack in Vegas from issues #6-7, but not the Devonians. Part of the kaiju popping up all over the place stems from Gezora, Manda, and Titanosaurus in these past three issues. But to the humans, this is random. They have no idea that a separate alien race is behind it.

    I hope this answers some of your questions.

    • RamblingBeachCat

      Thanks for the reply. It clears a few things up, but I still have some major issues with the plot.

      1. If Godzilla is in defensive mode (which would make sense with his recent injuries), then why would he go after two unknown beasts? (especially since it seemed as if he had to track them down).

      2. I get that the scientists want to study them, but Woods and the strike team appeared to be on the same page. They almost seemed to not even care about the loss of life the creatures were causing compared with getting them contained for relocation.

      3. I get that kaiju popping up all over the world would be a big thing no any amount of time, but it felt like the issue treated this as some sort of new revelation.

      • Daniel

        Sorry. I should’ve clarified ‘defensive mode’ better, my choice of words was off. What I meant was he is trying to defend what he perceives to be his territory from unknown threats. Anything he didn’t recognize, or something that has attacked him before, he views as dangerous.

        As far as the scientists are concerned, I think they care but at this point everyone’s is more in damage control. When the creatures first appeared, this was shocking and the loss of life was felt more in earnest. However, between the frequency and the fact that now Woods and his team have become more accustomed to these attacks, they all no longer respond the same. Not to mention though there was loss of life, it was not nearly as catastrophic as it used to be. Mostly due to humanity being more aware of the situation.

        As far as them treating it as a new revelation, I’d need to reread, but I think this was due to where the creatures showed up. I think this was the first time any of them had made landfall in that area. Was it Woods and the scientists who seemed shocked? Or the soldiers on the ground when Sanda and Gaira first showed up?

        • RamblingBeachCat

          Both seemed shocked, at least how I read it. And even if they have been over this same routine before, I found their callousness towards the loss of human life pretty distracting (and a bit appalling).

          But even if all this can be explained, isn’t the fact it has to be proof that something might be wrong? Like I said in the review, its great that hard core/long time Godzilla fans have a book for them like this.

          But for everyone else, this title is so steeped in unexplained kaiju/Toho lore that it can often feel incomprehensible…and that’s coming from someone who has actually seen many of the older movies.

          Imagine what happens when a flood of new people try to pick up Godzilla comics after the movie and read this. There should be an accessible Godzilla book on the stands, not just right now, but always. After 10 issues, however, this one has pretty much flown off the rails unless you’re a VERY long time reader.

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