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After a fantastic opening chapter, the last two issues of Godzilla: Rage Across Time made me want to travel back to a few months ago and take it off my pull list. This week, however, we get a tale about Hannibal crossing the Alps into Rome. If you’re into ancient military history (and Godzilla) then this should could be a lot of fun…

…but is it good?

Godzilla: Rage Across Time #4 (IDW Publishing)

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Observations

  • If there’s one person who’d find a way to use Godzilla as a weapon, it would be Hannibal.
  • +1 for Jurassic Park homage.
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  • Ancient Godzilla has got some mad ninja stealth skills.
  • BAD WINE MAKE GODZILLA ANGRY!

Is It Good?

While I appreciate the attention to historical detail in the script, we’re still missing a lot of story—and character. Even though Godzilla: Rage Across Time #4 is using a real life figure, we still need more than declarations and clipped dialogue to connect with him and the supporting cast.

We also don’t get to see very much of Godzilla’s actual destruction except for a few (very well-drawn) panels. Big G shows up out of nowhere, everyone craps their pants, and then we’re on to the next scene. It’s a frustrating rhythm for a book that is supposed to showcase Godzilla interacting with history.

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And while I did like Hannibal’s plan to enter Rome (and the haunting image it culminated with), it felt like we were cheated out of the big scene everything had been leading to. Even if Godzilla didn’t end up being a part of it, I still would like to have seen Pablo Tunica draw the opening portions of the battle.

But alas, we’re left with another unsatisfying issue of what’s turned out to be a surprisingly disappointing miniseries. I was going to tap out on this one, but the next issue is supposed to have Godzilla fighting dinosaurs. Guess I’m sticking with this one until the end of time.

Godzilla: Rage Across Time #4 Review
Some very cool moments of Hannibal utilizing this battlefield prowess.
Unfortunately, the rest of the script follows a frustrating rhythm of Godzilla showing up out of nowhere and cutting almost immediately to the next scene.Despite Hannibal being a historical figure, he still needed to be developed as a character beyond declarations and clipped dialogue.
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Reader Rating 3 Votes
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  • Andrew McGuire

    Hardly a deal breaker, I suppose, but the Romans look very unconvincing, with a sloppily rendered version of a form of armour that wasn’t introduced for at least another 250 years. No wonder G doesn’t waste much time on them.