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  • Series: Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613770162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613770160
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 6.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Babytoxie on September 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
Godzilla is a global icon, but he's more of a background player in his various appearances, for while the King of the Monsters is either destroying cities or protecting Earth from aliens, the story is usually anchored by one or more humans trying to make sense of the events. In GODZILLA: KINGDOM OF MONSTERS, writers Eric Powell and Tracy Marsh break from this approach, instead giving the reader brief scenes of people witnessing the destruction. As a result, the story jumps from place to place, as well as backward and forward in time, never staying with one person for very long. I have to give the authors kudos for adding a darker atmosphere to the story, as some of those characters die, with children, adults, and the elderly all being fair game. Unfortunately, the result is a confusing mess of vignettes set against a confusing mess of monsters, and I could never tell if I was supposed to stick with one particular character or another. If giant monsters were to awaken across the globe, I don't doubt that mayhem would result, but if a story is to be told in that setting, I depend on the author to present it in a form that is comprehensible. As far as I can tell, this is a modern introduction of Godzilla, as it ignores past continuity, and it satirically presents the modern world (the USA in particular) as deserving of a beatdown by a bunch of giant reptiles. It does benefit from the inclusion of other classic Toho Company kaiju, such as Rodan, Anguirus, and Battra, as well as twin girls reminiscent of Mothra's shobijin fairies. I have no doubt that Powell and Marsh did their homework while planning this series, but the narrative should have received an equal amount of attention.Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rgrekejin on July 6, 2012
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First off, let me say that it seems a little misleading to list Alex Ross as an author on this. As far as I can tell, Ross didn't do anything for this comic other than paint the cover, and even that is far from his best work.

Next, let me say that... this comic is not very good. The art style is just not very appealing (although it is better than it will be in later volumes of this series) and the story wastes far too much time on incredibly shallow social "commentary". Critical plot points occur for no discernible reason, and the entire thing just has a vague air of unpleasantness about it.

There have been many great Godzilla comics written throughout the years, collections of which are readily available on this site. This series is not one of them. Avoid it unless you're a completionist.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rafale Cervantez on October 5, 2011
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IDW Publishing has recently acquired the rights to publish an on-going Godzilla comic book series and this book here reprints the first four smashing, action packed issues. Right from the beginning, we're driven right into the rising of Godzilla. No prologue or origin needed this time, IDW decided to just go straight into the action and what action it is!

This book, for the most part, focuses on the uprising of giant monsters all over the world and the chaos they cause, with small tidbits of rather amusing social commentary sprinkled here and there. There's hardly much story in this volume, just monsters running amok causing mass destruction, and it is fun to read. However, this can cause a bit of a problem for character driven readers as there is some focus on human characters. Some meaning very little. You see the human effects of the devastation briefly, but then it's right back into the monstrous heart of it. The art itself can make the action itself rather hard to follow sometimes, but it's not a frequent issue, and the destruction is well drawn and nicely colored.

Bottom line, highly recommended for Godzilla fans who just want to have a rip roaring good time and don't mind a lack of a story outside of giant monsters wrecking things!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mecha-gino on March 2, 2012
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Now in 2010 when IDW announced they've gained the rights to Godzilla, two thoughts came in mind:
1.Awesome! Godzilla is coming back to comics!
2.I wish DC got the rights, since WB is doing the movie.

Then last year the first issue came out with a cover by Alex Ross and the cover looked alright, not Ross' best work. So then I finally read it and I was quite surprised by how bad it is. Besides the TERRIBLE art that makes Rob Liefeld look like a great artist, the story was just crap. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO MAKE A GODZILLA COMIC A POLITICAL SATIRE/POLITICS/SATIRE COMIC!? Godzilla is all about Giant monster or monsters destroying cities and fighting, NOT FRIGGIN LADY GAGA AND JERSEY SHORE!!! D:<

If it weren't for Godzilla legends and the gangster book, I would of lost complete faith in IDW. Do yourself a favor and avoid this series and check out the two other series I've mentioned or get a PROPER Godzilla graphic novel from Marvel or Dark Horse. Who knows since Marvel and IDW are buddy buddy, we might see a collection of The Marvel Godzilla series in color! And the same might happen with the dark horse stuff.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chongo on January 17, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed reading this first volume from IDW & the story's pretty straight forward & quick paced plus Phil Hester's art fit's this series like a glove. This volume contains the 1st 4 issues & they have a subtle mix of suspense, humor, & action while also bringing out other monsters from Godzilla's rogues gallery into the unfolding tale. Comics like these seem to really bring back that sense of fun that more mainstream comics seem to be lacking. Buy this book.
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