I haven’t read a Godzilla comic book since I was pretty young. I always had hoped for a really good series featuring the greatest kaiju of all, so I felt that I had to jump into Godzilla: Rulers of Earth after hearing some pretty great things about it.
To start, IDW Publishing has grown to become one of the greatest comic book publishers in history, as far as I am concerned. They continue to acquire lots of properties that I grew up loving: G.I. Joe, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Doctor Who, Star Trek and so many others. They continually take these great franchises and create great comic book companion pieces to them. What they have done here with Godzilla, is really no different.
The artwork in Rulers of Earth is great. All the kaiju monsters look absolutely perfect and the action is intense. Also, this series includes just about every kaiju you can think of. The best part, is that it doesn’t just feature Godzilla versus familiar opponents, it gives us a lot of dream matches that don’t even include Godzilla. We actually get to see how certain monsters would fare against one another.
The only real negative about this series, is that there is so much focus on kaiju fights, that the overall story suffers. The human characters are very cookie cutter and mostly uninteresting. They try to make them unique and cool but their development is sacrificed for an almost endless stream of kaiju action. However, the whole point of kaiju entertainment is kaiju action, so I can’t really fault the writers for making that the centerpiece of Rulers of Earth.
Ultimately, this feels like a twenty-five issue comic book version of the film Godzilla: Final Wars. Sure, the story is different but this is essentially a kaiju Royal Rumble in comic book form. While IDW tried to fit in every monster they possibly could, I don’t necessarily think that was the best approach. But still, I really liked this series.