IDW's New Godzilla Comes in May, 2012
Just this month, Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #12 marked the end of IDW's first ongoing Godzilla comic series. The character isn't going away for very long, though, as what's old is set to be new when IDW Publishing relaunches the series in May with a new creative team and a brand new vision for the title.
Simply called Godzilla, new editor Bobby Curnow, who was the editor on both the Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths and Godzilla Legends series, detailed a little about the new plans in a forum post on the IDW Publishing board:
Curnow clarified that the new comic still takes place in the same
canon of the twelve issue Kingdom of Monsters series, but that nearly everything will be different: "...the tone, the characters, the story arc. We might revisit some unanswered questions left by KOM, but for the most part, expect a completely different book."
The new creative team has been revealed to be Duane Swierczynski as the writer, author for the
2008 Marvel series Cable that had him facing Bishop and also writer for the new Birds of Prey relaunch by DC Comics, and Simon Gane on art duties, who drew Godzilla Legends #2 with Rodan. Ronda Pattison, who did the colors on the Kingdom of Monsters series already, will return. Cover artists will include Art Adams, Tony Harris, Ryan Kell, Matt Frank, Zach Howard and Jeff Zornow. Art Adams cover was the first revealed, pictured to the right, which features a menacing Godzilla reminiscent of his appearance in Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001). Click the IDW thread for a full view of the wrap around cover.
Curnow has also mentioned that a eight page preview of the new
approach will come in March, while he is taking Q&A from interested fans. To participate, please post on the following thread:
Here are some of the highlights of his answers so far:
- "... there will be a main lead character, and he will have a regularly appearing supporting cast. Having an identifiable and interesting human character from the start is key, I think, and one of our main goals."
- "Not too much time will have passed since the events of KOM #12. Enough time for the world to start to rebuild. Some things from KOM will be referenced, but not in depth or detail. If you've never read KOM, you'll be okay in the new series."
- "...Godzilla #1 will be 30 pages long for standard price. Bonus!"
- "There is definitely another, self-contained mini already in the works, which will hit in July or August."