Ok so basically just cross out the word Doom and replace it with Ben and this’d be perfect.
Godzilla: Rulers of Earth is a remarkable achievement. Of all the official Godzilla stories that I’ve read and seen, it’s the one that was most clearly written by a bunch of kaiju nerds. The result is one of the best comics in IDW’s time with the franchis, not to mention the longest-running (16 issues, with #17 coming out tomorrow and no end in sight). Continuing the story of Kingdom of Monsters and History’s Greatest Monster, it’s taking that often vague and confusing mythology and is making something great out of it.
But the main reason to read this book are much simpler - you get to see an absolute horde of monsters drawn by top-notch artists beat the stuffing out of each other. Zilla gets a rematch against Godzilla! Mothra and her children team up against the Big G against Destoroyah! Las Vegas gets totaled in an increasingly jaw-dropping brawl between Orga, Godzilla, Moguera, Gigan, and Jet Jaguar! Mass Production Mechagodzillas!
The only significant complaint I can make is that all these battles come at the expense of the humans. Personally, it would be hard for me to read enough about Lucy Casprell, and not just because she’s one of the few prominent female characters in IDW’s comics. How can you not love someone who’s a kaijuologist, roller derby player, prophet of Mothra,
and super hella gay? Likewise, I wanted (well, still want) more from her fellow scientists. Oh, and Steven Woods is back. I no longer actively despise him, but he’s not terribly interesting either (save for his reunion with Allie).
Basically… between the devious aliens, shady politicians, heroic scientists and soldiers, kaiju tag-teams, and Monster Islands, Rulers of Earth is the Showa series with an unlimited budget. To top it all off, they’re introducing an all-new race of kaiju called the Trilopods in a future issue. Wherever it all ends up, I’m looking forward to reading it.
James Stokoe’s jawdropping Trollhunter poster.