Godzilla Rage Across Time #5. Released in 2016, this was the last new comic about the King of the Monsters from IDW Publishing… until now. Years later IDW is returning to release more comics about Godzilla. Signing a multi-year deal with Toho International, IDW will begin releasing new comics on the titular monster starting in April of 2021. The creative talent for the first, five-issue miniseries are familiar faces within IDW. It includes writer Erik Burnham, whose past work includes IDW comics around Ghostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles among others, and artist Dan Schoening, who also has worked on the Ghostbusters comics from IDW.

The deal includes “dozens” of kaiju from Toho, although exact details are scarce. Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah were name dropped, though, as among those included in the deal.

February 18th, 2021 update

It’s been awhile since we circled around on this topic. In that time, the upcoming April Godzilla series from IDW has a name: Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors. The first issue is estimated to arrive on April 21st, in a couple of months. It’s a mini series, with five issues in total. Below are the covers for the first two issues, and solicits for them. Worth noting that the two comics are touted as having “photo” cover variants, although no additional details are available about what these will look like.

Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors

Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors #1 (of 5)

Writer: Erik Burnham • Artist: Dan Schoening • Cover: Dan Schoening

Godzilla roars back into comics with a giant-sized first issue! Extra story and extra content mark the King of Monsters’ triumphant return!

“Rise Up!” Part 1: When a coldly single-minded businessman uses an untested element to create clean energy for a profit, he inadvertently awakens the beast from the deep–Godzilla! Sensing the harm the new energy poses to the planet, Godzilla attacks the heart of the problem–humankind! It will be up to three intrepid middle-school students—with a little magic help from Infant Island—to show Godzilla that not all humans are bad… and that there is still hope for Planet Earth. Reuniting the blockbuster creative team of writer Erik Burnham, artist Dan Schoening, and colorist Luis Antonio Delgado (Ghostbusters), Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors promises to romp and stomp fans–old and new–of the greatest kaiju ever like never before!

36 pages • $4.99

Cover B: Photo cover

Additional variant cover by Vic Hollins (retailer incentive for ordering 15 copies)

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Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors #2 (of 5)

Writer: Erik Burnham • Artist: Dan Schoening • Cover: Dan Schoening

“Rise Up!” Part 2: The world knows that the King of the Monsters has been riled up by the Linival energy plants, whose output sent Godzilla on a pan-Pacific destructive spree the likes of which the world has never seen–but the danger is greater than anyone knows. Godzilla is sitting in judgment on humanity, and the verdict could spell doom for life on Earth! The Shobijin become aware of this and know they could ask Mothra to intervene… but does humanity deserve Mothra’s help? Reuniting the blockbuster creative team of writer Erik Burnham, artist Dan Schoening, and colorist Luis Antonio Delgado (Ghostbusters), “Rise Up” continues here!

32 pages • $3.99

Cover B: Photo cover

Additional variant cover by SL Gallant (retailer incentive for ordering 15 copies)

 

December 3rd, 2020 update

Below is the press release distributed around the announcement.

IDW and Toho International, Inc. Sign Multi-Year Godzilla Publishing & Gaming Licensing Deal

The King of the Monsters Reigns Supreme in Comic Books, Tabletop Games, and Other Products Aimed at a Wide Demographic of Fans

SAN DIEGO, CA (December 3, 2020) – IDW and Toho International, Inc. are proud to announce a multi-year publishing program that will bring Godzilla and dozens of monsters from the Godzilla live action films to a wide selection of publications and merchandise.

Beginning in spring 2021, Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah, and dozens of kaiju will stomp their way across IDW’s line of comic books, graphic novels, trade collections, art books, coloring books, journals, tabletop games, and puzzles. Furthering IDW’s company-wide mission to expand the most beloved story worlds across all mediums, the publishing program — available in print and digitally — will represent a comprehensive range of content, delivering city-stomping entertainment to young readers and adult audiences.

“We’re very excited to work with Toho to build a comprehensive array of stories and products that Godzilla fans everywhere can enjoy,” says Nachie Marsham, IDW’s publisher. “Their library of characters are quite literally titans of pop culture, and we can’t wait for people to get their hands on what we’re creating in close partnership with Toho. There will truly be something for everyone, from casual fans to people who live and breathe these amazing creatures.”

“IDW has been such a fantastic partner in bringing Godzilla characters to life through high-quality graphic storytelling, and we’re excited to take our relationship to the next level,” says Lora Cohn, Managing Director, Toho International, Inc. “By expanding beyond comics with wide-ranging books, games and more, we’re sure that our iconic kaiju will leave monstrous marks on these products that consumers across the globe, young and old, will never forget.”

IDW will have worldwide distribution for Toho’s Godzilla comic book, graphic novel, gaming, and merchandise program, with the exception of some parts of Asia.

IDW’s debut Godzilla project of 2021 will be a five-issue miniseries by writer Erik Burnham, artist Dan Schoening, and colorist Luis Antonio Delgado. The comic book will be aimed at middle grade readers and hits stores with its first issue in April.

The new licensing deal builds upon IDW’s prior comic publishing relationship with Toho. In March 2011, IDW launched its Godzilla comic book program with Godzilla: King of the Monsters, generating huge fan and media interest and garnering support from the retailer community with 80 exclusive variant covers. Through 2016, IDW published 10 Godzilla comic book series of varying lengths, collected in a series of trade paperback collections.

Godzilla products from IDW will be available everywhere pop culture products are sold, including comic book specialty shops, bookstores, department stores, specialty chain stores, and digital retailers. For continuing developments, please follow IDW online at www.idwpublishing.com and via our social media channels: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Youtube.

2021 Godzilla Series from IDW

 

About IDW Publishing

IDW Publishing (IDWP), a subsidiary of IDW Media Holdings Inc. (OTC PINK: IDWM), is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels, art books, trade paperbacks, and tabletop games. IDWP is one of the top four publishers of comic books and graphic novels in the U.S. with a library of world-renowned licensed content and original series. IDWP’s critically-acclaimed imprints include Top Shelf Productions, Artist’s Editions, EuroComics, The Library of American Comics, Sunday Press, and Yoe! Books.

About Toho

Toho Company, Limited, is a Japanese entertainment studio focused on the development, production, exhibition, and distribution of powerful live action and animated content including motion pictures, television and theater. Founded in 1932, Toho remains a prominent force in bringing brands and original storytelling with versatile talents to audiences worldwide. Its subsidiaries include Toho Cinemas, the highest grossing exhibition company in Japan, and Toho International, Inc., a U.S. established incorporated company that manages and commercializes Toho’s intellectual property portfolio. To learn more about Toho, visit: www.toho.co.jp/en/.

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