Aliens & SDF
Staff of Toho
| Godzilla King of
the Monsters #15
| Ryder Windham
Dark Horse Comics
SDF, & Misc Appearances:
which is written by Ryder Windham who is famous for his
work on the Star Wars franchise at Dark Horse,
leaps head into another story arc for the King of the
The plot in this issue sees a rogue group unleash
the Lord Howe Monster, who then duels with Godzilla in
Sydney. It does work to set up some things for later,
such as the scientists who visit Doctor Yamazaki, but
overall this book is pretty light when it comes to story.
It makes up for it, though, in relation to the battle
between Godzilla and the crustacean monster, which is
surprisingly satisfying and well paced as G-Force more or less moves out of the way as the two beasts fight one another.
As for the art,
handled by Brandon McKinney and Andrew Pepoy, it's nice to say the least.
Not particularly remarkable, but there are a few frames
that are quite impressive, in particular the sunset shot
of Godzilla and the Lord Howe Monster first coming face-to-face. In regards to the cover, it's handled by Chris
Scalf who does a fantastic job both with Godzilla and
the new creature, who is given a great amount of detail
that, sadly, puts his look inside the book to shame.
Overall, it's a decent "popcorn" style book. The final
fight makes the comic worth it, but it's not a particularly
memorable issue all the same. It's also worth mentioning
that there are certainly similarities to Ebirah,
Horror of the Deep (1966), both with the look
of the monster and the rogue faction that releases him,
but it's more of a homage nature as opposed to simply
lifting elements wholesale.
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