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Since I was a kid, I have dreamed up Godzilla stories. Anyone who reads my novels knows that the big G had an influence on my storytelling, resulting in novels like PROJECT NEMESIS (and its sequels), and APOCALYPSE MACHINE, not to mention the upcoming UNITY. Over the past few years, I’ve been lucky enough to blaze a trail for a new literary sub-genre, the Kaiju Thriller. Creating and building this new sub-genre led to big sales, and the PROJECT NEMESIS comic book, which is closing in on the amazing sixth and final issue. With Nemesis, I was fortunate to be teamed up with artist Matt Frank, who helped design Nemesis for the novels, and Bob Eggleton, who created six amazing variant covers. And all this is just the beginning for my own kaiju creations.
A review of the Godzilla: Rulers of Earth
comic book series
By Kane Gilmour
IDW recently wrapped up their Godzilla: Rulers of Earth comic book series, which followed a 12-issue Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters series and a 13-issue Godzilla series. While I did not read either of those two series, Rulers caught my eye because at 25 issues, it was the longest-ever Godzilla series, and because the art by Matt Frank (with the occasional assist or relief issue by Jeff Zornow*) was simply gorgeous. The question is, at 25 issues (or 6 trade paperbacks), is the series worth it? Read on.
I realize there are bound to be three categories of readers for this series.
- Cat 1 are casual readers with little to no knowledge about Godzilla or the 30(!) films for the character.
- Cat 2 readers will be like me, those who have watched many or even all of the films, but may not have read all the comics and might not be able to tell the difference at a glance between Battra and Megaguirus—but they at least know it’s not Mothra.
- Cat 3 readers can probably tell you the issue, page, and panel number (from memory) of the first time King Ghidorah appeared in a comic book. I’ll try to address how each audience will react to the series.