Aliens & SDF
Staff of Toho
| Godzilla King of
the Monsters #12
| Alex Cox
Dark Horse Comics
SDF, & Misc Appearances:
Android, Automated Defense System
the final chapter in Dark Horse's time traveling story
arc, sees Professor Madison handing over animals, which
have become extinct in the year 2299, to two game show
hosts so they can give them away as prizes. The two entrepreneurs
from the future are particularly interested in acquiring
the legendary monster Godzilla, a beast which Madison
is happy to turn over in exchange for futuristic weapons.
As expected, Godzilla runs amok in the futuristic world,
much to the surprise of the two game show hosts who assumed
Godzilla would be easy to control. Madison reveals his
new plan to his aid Dixon, now an android which is being
controlled from the head by the shrunken members of G-Force,
to rule the past, present and future. Dixon disagrees
with the Professor's use of Godzilla, and is shot by
Madison for his disobedience, revealing that it was only
an android. Madison cuts a new deal with the two game
show hosts: he and his men will fight off Godzilla with
their futuristic weapons, since "Class-A" humans,
which is what the two game show hosts and their contemporaries
are, can't possibly wield weapons. G-Force intervenes
though, and restrains Madison just as Godzilla eats the
professor and his time device, flinging the large saurian
through time as G-Force returns to the present.
This comic marks, finally, the closure of the ludicrous
time travel story by Alex Cox, the low point of the
Dark Horse Godzilla comics; a story which saw a game-show-themed
world of the future, a G-Force that found a way to
shrink their own size, and horrible Shakespeare jokes
among other things. Like the story, the dialogue is
a little cheesy as well here, with Madison's speech
all time" probably being the biggest offender.
Story aside, the artwork found in the last chapter
in the "time travel saga" is actually very
well done. The penciling is great, with Godzilla and
the human cast looking good in nearly every panel.
Coloring is also done well here, with colors being
spot on with no noticeable errors. The cover, done
by Bob Eggleton, is once again the best part of this
comic, like the three preceding it, with a great rendering
of the Heisei Godzilla in front of a volcanic background;
although the cover has very little, if anything, to
do with the actual comic.
Overall, the issue sets up the pieces for stories going forward as it closes its story arc, but isn't particularly enjoyable on its own.
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