Last issue was building up to it, and this issue focuses on the battle between Godzilla and King Ghidorah: the first one in the series to play out from start to finish. Sadly, the issue, with a mixture of art and the story feeling like it's caught in cruise control, is nothing too much to praise and Eric Powell departs the series on a relative low point.
As for the story, Steven Woods is still watching over Allie and fighting off other survivors for their supplies, while he gets a poisonous snake bite. Godzilla meanwhile faces off against King Ghidorah in Washington DC.
This issue is very light on story, while what is here with Steven Woods feels like its simply going through the motions. We now have three issues with them dong the same thing, and while it started off interesting the plot has grown tired. There is a new twist with Steven being bit by a poisonous snake, but at the moment this looks like it will turn out to be a non-issue going from the end. As for the battle with King Ghidorah, and in doing so lets cover the art by Victor Santos at the same time, I can't say I was captivated by the battle. The first two page spread and the first volley of shots is interesting, but after that the angles get confusing and Santos just doesn't give any pay off shots. Some comic artists are naturals at capturing battle scenes and making them seem dynamic and the type that you look at over again and again. With Santos, I found myself quickly skimming through the battle. For a whole issue of build up, Santos really drops the ball on making this feel like a climax. Also, as a side note, this version of King Ghidorah does seem modeled after the one in Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001), both in terms of powers and him acting as what appears to be a protagonist of the story against an antagonist Godzilla.
In regards to the covers, this issue only has two but both of them are stellar. First up, Eric Powell turns in his best cover yet with an amazing shot of Godzilla as King Ghidorah's three heads emerge from the mist. Its a great visual, and a shame that the art on the inside never delivered anything close to an impressive shot to match. The other cover by Matt Frank is a great dynamic one of Mechagodzilla firing all of his weapons. Frank has been pretty consistent in his work, and the action style of this piece makes it one of the better covers done by him.
Overall, Eric Powell is leaving the series with some framework for his predecessor, Jason Ciaramella, to work with but doesn't depart the reader with much to mourn for his departure. It's possible that Powell had originally planned to stay on longer and the past two issues were rushed plot lines, but he gave a very uneven performance at the helm of the series regardless. Kingdom of Monsters certainly had some good issues which deserve praise, but gave just as many lacking ones. Still, it will be interesting to see if Ciaramella maintains the flow and style of Powell, or if the series is in for a major change going forward.