Review: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #5

Issue five starts with Varan attacking the countryside, and Lucy must flee the kaiju’s rage.  When Rodan shows up and tussles with the “Unbelievable” monster, the action goes into overdrive.  Chris Mowry smartly opens with the kaiju attacking and the humans fleeing. Using fan favorite but movie underutilized Varan will give G-Fans reason to be happy. Lucy uncovers more kaiju that will have fans cheering at seeing long-lost monsters appearing in this storyline.  The action takes a slight dip while some plot points get explained, but the monster fighting continues soon after.

Gdzilla_ROE_05-pr_Page_1Overall, this was a good issue.  The main problem, and this is persistent, is that the comic book is named Godzilla, and the big guy doesn’t appear until the final panel of the issue.  So the benefit is that readers will be treated to some obscure kaiju in action.  The story would have been excellent if they fought Godzilla, though.

This is one of the best iterations of Godzilla that IDW has done, aside from Half Century War.  If the plot can include the titular character, it would be a perfect book all around.

Score: 3/5

Writer: Chris Mowry Artist: Jeff Zornow Publisher: IDW Publishing Price: $3.99 Release Date: 10/30/13