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Re: Godzilla Legends #5: Godzilla vs. Kumonga

Postby kaiju115 » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:22 pm

Indeed, I like how Godzilla bites off one of Kumongas legs and beats him with it, that was awesome.
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Re: Godzilla Legends #5: Godzilla vs. Kumonga

Postby HayesAJones » Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:14 pm

Pretty good. Giving us an interesting view on Godzilla through the adventure dude was a neat idea, and the fight with Kumonga was cool, if short. I don't think the art was all that bad either. The mutant birds were too goofy, yeah, but Godzilla only looked wonky in a few shots. Only two were really bad, the rest were just... a bit generic.

No idea how that guy survived the nuclear pulse though. None.
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Re: Godzilla Legends #5: Godzilla vs. Kumonga

Postby kaijukurt » Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:48 pm

Yeah, how did he survive it?
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Re: Godzilla Legends #5: Godzilla vs. Kumonga

Postby Gorosaurus Rex » Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:17 pm

Svitska Donkun wrote: Art was some of the worst I've seen in a comic, ever.


I honestly don't see that. It's not good, but I've seen much much worse. I know you're no fan of KoM, the last few issues or so of that had considerably worse artwork than this.
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Re: Godzilla Legends #5: Godzilla vs. Kumonga

Postby TitanoGoji16 » Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:27 am

Bah. I've been pretty busy lately and haven't had time to flesh out my review. So, instead of waiting until I finish it (and nobody cares about the issue anymore), here's my unedited (and slightly incomplete) thoughts on Godzilla Legends #5:

Well, here we are. "From A Great Height," the final issue of Godzilla Legends.

Is it the same level of epicness as issues #1, #3 and #4? Well, no. It isn't. But is it still a good, fun story? Yes, it is.

The story revolves around Bryson Allworth, a long-retired daredevil, telling the tale of when he was called out of retirement by the government to climb Godzilla and gather tissue samples and the like for study. After a long, grueling climb, Bryson makes it to Godzilla's neck, only for Kumonga to appear and attack the Monster King.

While not entirely original (Dark Horse did almost the exact same concept in one of their issues), it's not a bad story, and it's different enough from the Dark Horse comic. Bryson's a likeable enough character and you even begin to root for him as he climbs Godzilla and hangs on for dear life as he battles Kumonga. The giant spider's role is not nearly as prominent as Hedorah's in the last issue, unfortunately. His part in the story is more along the lines of Titanosaurus' in "Secrets." However, Kumonga's smaller role seems more noticeable here. True, Titanosaurus didn't have a large role, but he was without a doubt the story's kaiju star. Here, Kumonga just shows up out of nowhere to attack Godzilla, who the story is really about.

The art by Dean Haspiel has an admittedly rocky start (the establishing shot of Godzilla on the second page is sort of eyebrow-raising), but it grows on you over the course of the issue. The close up of Godzilla's face as he watches the sunset at the end is very nice. And while his Godzilla looks odd at times, Haspiel brings forth a very nice-looking Final Wars Kumonga to challenge him.

A couple oddities in the story that deserve mention:

During his climb, Bryson encounters a pair of birds having nested amongst Godzilla's dorsal fins, which have been badly mutated and deformed by Godzilla's radiation. While I understand what they're going for and it's a fun, if again not entirely original, scene, it doesn't quite make much sense. The giant sea louse from Godzilla 1985 and the Dark Horse comic does, as it would attach to Godzilla, then get irradiated. But birds? I can't imagine they'd stay on Godzilla for more than a moment, with all the moving around and fighting he does. And long enough to nest and mutate? I dunno, it might be nitpicking, but it just kinda seems like pointless filler, as the birds don't even attack Bryson or serve any purpose other than "Looky!"

Next, for the second time in a IDW comic... Somebody survives a nuclear explosion for no real reason. Apparently, the government made Bryson's radiation suit out of the Battra Twins' clothes, because it allows him to survive Godzilla's nuclear pulse completely unharmed. WHY DOES THIS KEEP HAPPENING? This is like if Shindo survived Godzila's blast in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah.
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Re: Godzilla Legends #5: Godzilla vs. Kumonga

Postby ゴジラ » Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:49 am

TitanoGoji, why he survived is not because of the suit, or the twins clothing, he had the near perfect defense-Plot Armor. ;)
Although I must say that I do find a few fans slowly driving themselves insane because of that part within the story kinda amusing, but in a good way. It just goes to show that people take their Godzilla facts within its original package, not out of the box or without a tag lol.

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Re: Godzilla Legends #5: Godzilla vs. Kumonga

Postby Captain Aktion » Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:46 am

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Svitska Donkun wrote:Art was some of the worst I've seen in a comic, ever.


I take it that you didn't see any art from early 90's Image Comics that Rob Liefeld work on? The art work is pretty meh but I seen much worst.


And I've seen way worse than Liefeld. Pretty much any Extreme Studios comic from the 90's will make your face bleed...
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Re: Godzilla Legends #5: Godzilla vs. Kumonga

Postby KaijuX » Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:19 pm

I got the issue today. It's an okay read. I was hoping more of an epic bang, but I guess we have Legends 1, 3, and 4 for that. I can't say that I was overly excited, but yeah. Humans look good, Godzilla is below average (not bad, just below average), but with some good shots. Kumonga looked decent, until later. Heck, the most disappointing aspect for me was the fact that Kumonga didn't return to his SoG glory. Then again, the comic wasn't about Kumonga; it was about being on Godzilla up close and personal. The writing is good, but more interview-recalling-the-events sorta situation rather than a story. But not bad all things considered.

And there's this thing called Toho Logic. It's where things remain unexplained and there's no way to explain it (why are there birds on G? How were the twins and Allworth able to live? HOW CAN SPACEGODZILLA EMERGE FROM A WHITE HOLE?!). ;)
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Re: Godzilla Legends #5: Godzilla vs. Kumonga

Postby The Midnight Man » Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:37 am

Hafta say, I really dug it. Yes, to say the art was inconsistent would be a bit of an understatement (the opening shot of Godzilla is just terrible), but it did work well for the human characters.

Ridiculous as the story concept was, it was handled really well, and I liked the unexpectedly downbeat ending. And the unique perspective on Godzilla attacking a town was pretty interesting.

I just wish Kumonga had more to do, though. Very big fan of the spider..

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Re: Godzilla Legends #5: Godzilla vs. Kumonga

Postby KaijuX » Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:36 pm

^ You aren't the only one there. Hopefully some other comic or an issue of GODZILLA will be able to do him justice. :D
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Re: Godzilla Legends #5: Godzilla vs. Kumonga

Postby UnCanny Studios » Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:22 am

The art was still weird, as I said a couple of weeks ago... but I also said I'd reserve judgement until I read the actual comic. And that was a damn good call.

I absolutely loved this issue. I literally was grinning the whole time - such a unique and well written story! This is easily one of my favorites, right up there with Titano and Hedorah's issues.
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Re: Godzilla Legends #5: Godzilla vs. Kumonga

Postby UnCanny Studios » Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:31 pm

Cimmerian Dragon wrote:Yup, I enjoyed it too. Not as much as the Titano issue, but pretty damn close.


Agreed. They're two completely different animals, though. Titano's issue was somber, serious, and very much a sci-fi tale.

This one, however, was much more of an upbeat action adventure. If anything, the Legends series definitely showed how Godzilla and his fellow Kaiju can tie into different genres.
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Re: Godzilla Legends #5: Godzilla vs. Kumonga

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Re: Godzilla Legends #5: Godzilla vs. Kumonga

Postby Rody » Wed May 09, 2012 4:04 pm

VERY cool.

Is that the cover for the Trade Paperback release, then?

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Re: Godzilla Legends #5: Godzilla vs. Kumonga

Postby ZillaMaster91 » Wed May 09, 2012 4:26 pm

It is.

Definitely I'll be purchasing the TP release for the cover itself, but mostly for the fact that I haven't read Issues #4 and #5 yet.

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Re: Godzilla Legends #5: Godzilla vs. Kumonga

Postby Giga Kaiju » Wed May 09, 2012 5:21 pm

That Cover just Screams (Or in this case Roars) Epic.
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Re: Godzilla Legends #5: Godzilla vs. Kumonga

Postby Primevalgodzilla V2 » Wed May 09, 2012 8:32 pm

The art on the cover is fantastic but the coloring needs punch.

Anyone who says the art in Legends 5 is the WORST EVAA clearly doesn't know the difference between taste and actual quality. Sure, its probably not an art style that everyone will enjoy. But its silly to say its 'bad art' purely on that account.
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Re: Godzilla Legends #5: Godzilla vs. Kumonga

Postby kaijukurt » Thu May 10, 2012 7:59 pm

This I agree with.
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Re: Godzilla Legends #5: Godzilla vs. Kumonga

Postby MandaSaurus » Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:28 pm

I picked this up AND G:Legends #2 at a local comic shop, both for 50% Off original price.

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Re: Godzilla Legends #5: Godzilla vs. Kumonga

Postby Arbok » Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:14 pm

Manda2012 wrote:I picked this up AND G:Legends #2 at a local comic shop, both for 50% Off original price.


So what did you think of it? I still find Legends #5 to be on the lower end of the totem for this series, but its certainly a step up from Godzilla Legends #2.
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