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After an exceptional opening chapter, Godzilla: Rage Across Time continues with a new era in history and a different creative team. Is it good?

Godzilla: Rage Across Time #2 (IDW Publishing)

Observations

  • Oof. Now I remember why Greek mythology would sometimes get on my nerves. The gods are colossal douchebags.

  • Now shut up and go fetch another barrel of Axe Body Spray!

  • Except Aphrodite, of course. She’s always been cool (relatively speaking).
  • Zeus should probably know not to send his version of Aquaman to fix anything.
  • FINALLY! Some kaiju fighting action!
  • …or not.
  • Doesn’t matter which 3-headed monster he’s facing; Big G always wins.
  • Hmmmm…

Is It Good?

While I appreciate how writers Chris Mowry and Kahlil Schweitzer nail the bickering and social dynamic of Greek Gods, it made for a frustrating read.

Except for a few gorgeous pages of action (drawn by Tadd Galusha), the narrative is suffocated by Zeus. Much of the narrative is simply him ranting to the others like a petulant child. When the action scenes do finally come, they’re still overshadowed by even more celestial sniping that happens on top of it.

It’s actually a very smart framework from a meta point of view. That Gods were notoriously self-centered and oblivious to the point of their own destruction. Unfortunately, it also makes Godzilla: Rage Across Time #2 a chore to read.

All that being said, I did really like the way Mowry/Schweitzer tied in one of history’s greatest natural disasters into the story. And the last page of the issue is poster-worthy. I wasn’t familiar with Galusha’s previous work, but I’d love to see more of it—especially on this franchise.

But overall, this issue is a steep drop in quality from the last one. Let’s hope next month’s trip to the middle ages provides a bit less monologuing and a lot more Godzilla.

Godzilla: Rage Across Time #2 Review
The art by Tadd Galusha is gorgeous.Chris Mowry and Kahlil Schweitzer do a really neat tie-in to one of history's greatest natural disasters.
Unfortunately, the narrative is completely suffocated by Zeus and the other Gods bickering. It makes sense from a meta standpoint, but doesn't make for a particularly good Godzilla story.
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