Godzilla and Anguirus rampage across America. Rodan invades Paris. A monk unleashes Ghidorah. Meanwhile, the survivors of the human race behave badly. This issue earns three bullets for the emergence of Ghidorah. Victor Santos and Rhonda Pattison grant this stunning instance with apropos bombast. In addition, Battra, a kind of rougher, less merciful Mothra, breaks free of his cocoon and battles Rodan in the air. It’s unfortunate their dogfight becomes pre-empted by the weird twins Minette and Marjoree who have set themselves up as queens. Again, Victor Santos’ love for these monsters becomes obvious. Rodan and Battra sweep across wide-angled panels, and in the case of Battra, blasts away at the mammoth pterodactyl.
The young ladies have lofty plans. They’ve collected Battra and Rodan, and now they intend to add Godzilla to their menagerie. Will the giant be too much for them to handle? Eh. I’m only mildly interested. It’s difficult to root for Godzilla when he has destruction and death on his mind. On the other hand, you can’t cheer for the humans since they’re all so rotten.
In the 1960s, the original Godzilla cycle of films generated some interesting human characters, but they benefited from the presence of a kinder Godzilla. Usually the humans and the Big G were fighting the same aliens, often wearing Devo hats or turning into Planet of the Apes escapees. These humans enhanced the fun and surreal nature of the original Godzilla films.
The humans in the Godzilla comic book are just kind of there or reminders that we’re actually rather awful. This misanthropy is represented in a fight for a cache of food. Rather than share the contents, the humans fight for sole ownership. This allows our point of view character, the not-very-interesting soldier to steal the package for he and the little girl he adopted on the road.
Buy Godzilla for the monsters as imagined by Victor Santos and Rhonda Pattison. Not the representatives of the worst of the human race, nor for a fairly pedestrian story.
Ray Tate’s first online work appeared in 1994 for Knotted. He has had a short story, “Spider Without a Web,” published in 1995 for the magazine evernight and earned a degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh. Since 1995, Ray self-published The Pick of the Brown Bag on various usenet groups. In the POBB, as it was affectionately known, Ray reviewed comic books, Doctor Who novels, movies and occasionally music. Circa 2000, he contributed his reviews to Silver Bullet Comic Books (later Comics Bulletin) and became its senior reviewer. Ray Tate would like to think that he’s young at heart. Of course, we all know better.