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Postby Rody » Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:13 pm

Megaton17 wrote:Issue 2 cover by Matt Frank:

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Very nice. Simple, but impressive. :g2k:

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Postby ZillaMaster91 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:23 pm

I like the simplicity of the cover. It let's us know what we need to know without it spiraling chaotically all over the place like the Jeff Zornow covers for KOM - Boxer our main character against the mightiest of threats, Godzilla. Simple, sweet, and evokes Godzilla's power.

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Postby Hipster Thor » Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:58 pm

Why are these Godzilla comic books never about Godzilla? He's the hero character whether he does some bad things or not. I don;t know how I feel about some lame bounty hunter getting thrashed by Godzilla issue after issue, because you would never want him to win. And if the bounty hunter did win, all Hell would break lose amongst the fans. The character is completely nonsensical. And how come Godzilla always has to be the "ultimate threat"? How about making Spacegodzilla, or Destoroyah, or Desighidorah the ultimate threat and have the comic focus on Godzilla trying to defeat it? You know, make Godzilla a character NOT an obstacle, like friggin' Bob Cornow said he wanted in the interview with TK. I'm getting sick of these books treating Godzilla like an obstacle. Legends did it RIGHT. Do that, but put it all in one continuity. G-Force and the Psychic Squad work best in these kinds of books because they work with Godzilla as often as they try to stop him from destroying cities. They never kill him, all they want to do is study him and make sure he doesn't stumble into cities. It's more regulation than out to destroy. That way, you can root for everyone equally. Now, when I buy these books, I have to sit through a main character I'm waiting for Godzilla to just skreeonking kill. God,these books are uncreative, narrow, and silly. I could write better books. I could write infinitely better books. I'd probably go with a world setting similar to what was seen in GL # 3 and mix in elements of G-force, such as GL#1 and GL#4. Then expand and create one long massive storyline, and try not to focus on Godzilla every issue. And when a famous enemy appears, like Gigan, or Hedorah, that should like, be a 3 issue mini-arch at least.
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Re: IDW's GODZILLA General Discussion

Postby Kaijusamurai » Fri Mar 16, 2012 6:43 pm

Firstly, thanks guys for the kind words on my G #2 cover :) I'm actually working on fixing Boxer's pose right now so expect that later tonight!

Now, on to the other topic -
Svitska Donkun wrote:Why are these Godzilla comic books never about Godzilla? He's the hero character whether he does some bad things or not. I don;t know how I feel about some lame bounty hunter getting thrashed by Godzilla issue after issue, because you would never want him to win. And if the bounty hunter did win, all Hell would break lose amongst the fans. The character is completely nonsensical. And how come Godzilla always has to be the "ultimate threat"? How about making Spacegodzilla, or Destoroyah, or Desighidorah the ultimate threat and have the comic focus on Godzilla trying to defeat it? You know, make Godzilla a character NOT an obstacle, like friggin' Bob Cornow said he wanted in the interview with TK. I'm getting sick of these books treating Godzilla like an obstacle. Legends did it RIGHT. Do that, but put it all in one continuity. G-Force and the Psychic Squad work best in these kinds of books because they work with Godzilla as often as they try to stop him from destroying cities. They never kill him, all they want to do is study him and make sure he doesn't stumble into cities. It's more regulation than out to destroy. That way, you can root for everyone equally. Now, when I buy these books, I have to sit through a main character I'm waiting for Godzilla to just skreeonk kill. God,these books are uncreative, narrow, and silly. I could write better books. I could write infinitely better books. I'd probably go with a world setting similar to what was seen in GL # 3 and mix in elements of G-force, such as GL#1 and GL#4. Then expand and create one long massive storyline, and try not to focus on Godzilla every issue. And when a famous enemy appears, like Gigan, or Hedorah, that should like, be a 3 issue mini-arch at least.


Svitska -
You have to understand, Toho's current stance is that Godzilla isn't the "hero." At best he's the anti-hero - a large gun that, if your lucky, gets pointed in the direction of a (slightly) bigger threat.
You also seem to be passing judgement on a story that you haven't read yet or really even know what it's about. Based on the preliminary story elements that I've read, this will be the story that will unite more of the fandom than just about any of the Godzilla comics previously. It may even satisfy you ;)

Oh yeah, and "friggin' Bob Curnow"? Bobby is absolutely dedicated to making these books as good as can be. All I can ask if for you to give this new book a chance, especially since you haven't even read it yet.

EDIT - A few hours later - I do appreciate that you liked Legends as much as you did. But these comics as a whole are an opportunity to tell a variety of stories. If we try to please everyone, with every story, we please no one.
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Re: IDW's GODZILLA General Discussion

Postby Captain Aktion » Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:02 pm

^That, Mr. Frank, is one big smoking gun you just laid down on the table. Thanks for that.

P.S. The cover's looking good, dig the layout; it says more than it looks like at first.
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Re: IDW's GODZILLA General Discussion

Postby Blackout286 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:04 pm

Svitska Donkun wrote:Why are these Godzilla comic books never about Godzilla? He's the hero character whether he does some bad things or not. I don;t know how I feel about some lame bounty hunter getting thrashed by Godzilla issue after issue, because you would never want him to win. And if the bounty hunter did win, all Hell would break lose amongst the fans. The character is completely nonsensical. And how come Godzilla always has to be the "ultimate threat"? How about making Spacegodzilla, or Destoroyah, or Desighidorah the ultimate threat and have the comic focus on Godzilla trying to defeat it? You know, make Godzilla a character NOT an obstacle, like friggin' Bob Cornow said he wanted in the interview with TK. I'm getting sick of these books treating Godzilla like an obstacle. Legends did it RIGHT. Do that, but put it all in one continuity. G-Force and the Psychic Squad work best in these kinds of books because they work with Godzilla as often as they try to stop him from destroying cities. They never kill him, all they want to do is study him and make sure he doesn't stumble into cities. It's more regulation than out to destroy. That way, you can root for everyone equally. Now, when I buy these books, I have to sit through a main character I'm waiting for Godzilla to just skreeonk kill. God,these books are uncreative, narrow, and silly. I could write better books. I could write infinitely better books. I'd probably go with a world setting similar to what was seen in GL # 3 and mix in elements of G-force, such as GL#1 and GL#4. Then expand and create one long massive storyline, and try not to focus on Godzilla every issue. And when a famous enemy appears, like Gigan, or Hedorah, that should like, be a 3 issue mini-arch at least.


I don't think Hell would break loose, I think you might be over-exaggerating there. Besides that, if a human won against Godzilla (But Godzilla still lives in the end, I say this because I know Toho won't let Godzilla die within a U.S comic ) then fans aren't gonna rage everywhere since we've seen events like that happen before within the films. Only how some fans will become disappointed is if the whole thing is handled poorly.

Also, if Godzilla were to be the main character, there wouldn't be much to actually write about. Sure, there could be some narration here and there, and see how he views the world (As if that hasn't been touched down on before), and see him lock into different match-ups.
But that's about it. I can't really comment on the uncreative, narrow and silly part, I don't know what this arc will bring to the table yet. So my hands are tied on that one. Same with the comment about the main character being lame. But if you have the spare time, write an arc and let us read it.

As for Godzilla being an obstacle, I don't completely see the problem. Godzilla has been an obstacle before, and his characteristic of being a force of nature has always been established along with it just fine.

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Postby SJM925 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:28 pm

Kaijusamurai wrote:Bazinga.


Well put, well put.

I have both covers add to my pull list~~~~~! May should be good. :D

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Postby Bentley » Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:55 pm

Looking foward to this. I wish they published this comics on France just to buy them easily instead of sending them to the states and recovering at a friend's place. I just saw some Boom comics around my comicbook store, so I'm hoping some editor picks Godzilla's franchise.

Highly doubtful but really hoping :)

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Postby Hipster Thor » Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:38 am

Kaijusamurai wrote:Svitska -
You have to understand, Toho's current stance is that Godzilla isn't the "hero." At best he's the anti-hero - a large gun that, if your lucky, gets pointed in the direction of a (slightly) bigger threat.
You also seem to be passing judgement on a story that you haven't read yet or really even know what it's about. Based on the preliminary story elements that I've read, this will be the story that will unite more of the fandom than just about any of the Godzilla comics previously. It may even satisfy you ;)

Oh yeah, and "friggin' Bob Curnow"? Bobby is absolutely dedicated to making these books as good as can be. All I can ask if for you to give this new book a chance, especially since you haven't even read it yet.

EDIT - A few hours later - I do appreciate that you liked Legends as much as you did. But these comics as a whole are an opportunity to tell a variety of stories. If we try to please everyone, with every story, we please no one.


A hero doesn't have to be benevolent. Sure you can use the term anti-hero, but he's still a hero. He's a hero in the same way Hulk is, at the very least. Yeah, he's destructive and chaotic, but he's also the planet's last line of defense. And even if you want him to be completely bat-shit evil, at least characterize him. GMK characterized him. These books have failed to do that, and characterizing your monster cast is important, and this is something Curnow explicitly said he would attempt, and has in so far failed completely. Given the complete disappointment and bizarre mis-mosh the KOM comics were, I have difficulty trusting anything anyone says from the development team of the comics. Its like if Roland Emmerich said he;d do anothe rGodzilla film, but do it right. How trusting would you be? As far as being satisfied, I already was with the spectacular Legends cycle, but it was bittersweet, given that its now over, and it offered up 3 really awesome plot lines I will never see a conclusion to. I want that as a continuing comic. Just bridge the gaps a bit, and make it one cohesive universe, and you still have that opportunity to tell many unique stories. KOM was devoted to telling one story that could be barely called one, that wasn't really planned ahead, or seemingly at all, and handled virtually all the characters and monsters, and world, wrong.

With all due respect, unifying the fanbase is an extreme claim to make, and unless the development team from KOM hasn't been removed, I don't see that happening.
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Re: IDW's GODZILLA General Discussion

Postby Kaijusamurai » Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:04 am

Svitska Donkun wrote:A hero doesn't have to be benevolent. Sure you can use the term anti-hero, but he's still a hero. He's a hero in the same way Hulk is, at the very least. Yeah, he's destructive and chaotic, but he's also the planet's last line of defense. And even if you want him to be completely bat-shit evil, at least characterize him. GMK characterized him. These books have failed to do that, and characterizing your monster cast is important, and this is something Curnow explicitly said he would attempt, and has in so far failed completely. Given the complete disappointment and bizarre mis-mosh the KOM comics were, I have difficulty trusting anything anyone says from the development team of the comics. Its like if Roland Emmerich said he;d do anothe rGodzilla film, but do it right. How trusting would you be? As far as being satisfied, I already was with the spectacular Legends cycle, but it was bittersweet, given that its now over, and it offered up 3 really awesome plot lines I will never see a conclusion to. I want that as a continuing comic. Just bridge the gaps a bit, and make it one cohesive universe, and you still have that opportunity to tell many unique stories. KOM was devoted to telling one story that could be barely called one, that wasn't really planned ahead, or seemingly at all, and handled virtually all the characters and monsters, and world, wrong.

With all due respect, unifying the fanbase is an extreme claim to make, and unless the development team from KOM hasn't been removed, I don't see that happening.


Firstly, I didn't say it was going to unify the entire fanbase in the history of forever with gumdrops and rainbows and crap, I said it would "unite more of the fandom" than the previous comics, meaning that, based on what I've read, it plays to what fans are hoping for/expecting. Based on everything you've been saying/talking about, it'll be right up your alley!

Again, I can only hope you'll give me the benefit of the doubt here, even though I'm "from the development team of the comics," so I guess I'm not all that trustworthy ;)

Secondly, Bobby actually wasn't involved in the development of KOM. He was in charge of mini-series, namely GnG and Legends. So you have him to thank for Legends being as great as it was, since the whole thing was his idea in the first place.

Again, just give the first new issue a try. If you don't like it, whatev's.

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Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:03 am

From the CT board:

MekaGojira3k wrote:Matt Frank's cover for Issue 2 of the new series.
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Postby tymon » Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:06 am

^Ah, there's my beloved G2K/Heisei hybrid (like my avatar) again! Epic cover.
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Postby Gorosaurus Rex » Sat Mar 17, 2012 9:14 am

I agree. That's my personal favorite Godzilla design.

Again, I really don't see why people are crying foul about having a strong human cast in a Godzilla comic. Personally, I'd love it. The lack of this, plus the issues in pacing, were my major problems with the previous comic.
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Postby kaiju115 » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:20 pm

Same here on the Godzilla design. I also agree on the human cast, especially with this Boxer character being sort of a bounty hunter, so hopefully this will be more like what what Kingdom of Monsters should have been.
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Postby UltramanGoji » Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:00 am

Hmm.. I might actually get this series. That is, if the first issue impresses me.

I am intrigued about a central human character.

Overall, I am really looking forward to this.
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Postby Lord Gappa » Sun Mar 18, 2012 3:42 pm

After what happened with Kingdom of Monsters, I'm not really looking forward to this particular series. The only thing I want now is something good, at the very least decent; as such I'm keeping my expectations to a minimum low.
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Postby kaijukurt » Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:22 pm

IDW's Godzilla solicitations for June!
Godzilla #2

Duane Swierczynski (w) • Simon Gane (a) • Zach Howard, Matt Frank (c)

Boxer is ready to settle the score with Godzilla, and assembles his "Monster Kill Crew," a group of highly-trained weirdos, each with their own private grudge against the kaiju. As we get to know these mercenaries the team stocks up on all the equipment they'll need to take down their first bounty—ANGUIRUS!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Covers:
Jeff Zornow variant cover!

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The action-packed monster movie in comic book form you've been waiting for!


Godzilla: Legends

Matt Frank, Jeff Prezenkowski, John Vankin, Mike Raicht, Chris Mowry, & Bobby Curnow (w) • Matt Frank, Simon Gane, Tony Parker, EJ Su, & Dean Haspiel (a) • Art Adams (c)

Focusing on Godzilla's fearsome rogues gallery, each story shines a light on a kaiju that has never before been the center of a comic book story. These stories delve into the minds of Anguirus, Rodan, Titanosaurus, Hedorah, and Kumonga to bring the TOHO universe to life!

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 128 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-223-2

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• This collection also includes an incredible cover gallery by legendary Godzilla artists Chris Scalf, Bob Eggleton, and Art Adams!
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Postby Lord Gappa » Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:17 am

wataru wrote:Is Godzilla really an anti-hero in KOM?

Anti-heros are characters that do not resemble the typical hero, but does heroic deeds and has heroic values. That may also inspire sympathy and empathy from the audience.

This. I'd say Godzilla's pretty much a villain in KOM.
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Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:40 am

I'll reserve judgement until this title comes out, but sorry, I'm not really buying into the whole "Bounty Hunter" angle. I appreciate them trying something new/original, but the idea of "Bounty Hunters" trying to take down giant monsters than not even whole armies or Nuclear weapons are able to destroy is really stretching it and seems far fetched even for a Godzilla story...not to mention it somewhat trivializes the true power of these great beasts. I do appreciate Bobby Curnow for trying to apparently make this title better than the dreadful KOM series (though I think putting this series in the same timeline as that God awful series is a big mistake), but I'm not investing in this title until I hear feedback and reviews when the first issue comes out....
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Postby Destroyer » Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:47 am

Well I'm personally looking forward to this. Kingdom of Monsters was uneven at times, but I thought that in the end, it had told an entertaining Godzilla story. I will be picking every issue of this series up.
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