We may not have an ongoing Godzilla series right now, but IDW is helping to fill the gap with another miniseries, this time by Joshua Fialkov (writer) and Brian Churilla (artist). Is it good?

Godzilla: Oblivion #1 (IDW Publishing)

The Plot

  • Far be it from me to backseat narrate, but I think everyone should be listening to the character who recognizes that the rest of the cast is falling into a classic/lethal science fiction trope.
  • …and sure enough, here comes the death.
  • It’s nice to see Godzilla getting the respect he deserves—even if it is in an alternate reality/parallel universe.
  • We all saw this ending coming, but the appearance of [SPOILER] is still pretty cool.

Is It Good?

I’ve been a Josh Fialkov fan since 2007, when he broke onto the scene with his excellent limited series, Elk’s Run (which you absolutely must read if you haven’t already). Because of that, I’m willing to give this story a chance.

Taken on its own merits so far, however….yeesh.

I know don’t know if this is going to end up being a some type of crazy meta hook or something, but we start with a character plainly stating how ridiculous/clichéd the story’s setup is. The rest of the issue’s dialogue is fairly stilted, to say nothing of the bizarre pacing. These are both areas where Failkov is normally superb, so I’m hoping this was just an issue of the main story’s setup constricting the current narrative.

On the art side of things, Brian Churilla can draw the heck out of some monsters. His humans, on the other hand, are a little too cartoony for my tastes. Fortunately, he goes to town on the last few pages with a cool rendering of a kaiju every Godzilla fan will be happy to see.

Let’s hope this leads to better things next month.

Godzilla: Oblivion #1 Review
A beloved kaiju from the Toho/Godzilla mythos (beautifully rendered by Brian Churilla) shows up at the end to wreak some havoc.
The story's setup is so paint-by-numbers that one of the main characters complains about it.Stilted dialogue and bizarre pacing hurt the overall narrative.Churilla can draw the heck out of the monsters, but his humans are a little too cartoony.
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