Burtannus バータナズ


Burtannus - Burtannus Babies
Burtannus
Burtannus

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Powers / Weapons

Burrowing ability; electric shock; spiked beak

Weaknesses

Sudden bright lights

Appearances

Godzilla King of the Monsters #13 (1996)

Series // Dark Horse

Roar

Description

San Javier, Peru. In the dead of the night, a behemoth raised itself out of the ocean and began to make its way inland. Passing by the local village, the hulking beast's ire suddenly found itself focused on the villagers. Without warning, the creature unleashed a blast of energy, reducing the defenseless humans to bone and setting buildings aflame. Leaving the devastated remains of the village behind, the monster moved further inland, disappearing into the jungle.

BurtannusBefore too long, G-Force was on their way to San Javier to investigate. Going off of the heat signature picked up by their satellite, the team assumed that the damage was caused by Godzilla, though Burton Helzer had his doubts. He reminded them that when he saw Godzilla first appear back in the 1940s, the King of the Monsters wasn't the only giant creature to make an appearance. Upon arriving, the team was met with surviving villagers, who proceeded to tell them that a monster rose from the sea and entered the jungle. G-Force was puzzled by Godzilla's behavior, as the villagers couldn't have possibly done anything to anger him, nor was there any radioactivity on the island to lure him in. Following the trail of destruction in the V.T.O.L., G-Force quickly realized that Burton's suspicions were right; the trail ended suddenly due to the creature burrowing straight down into the earth. This wasn't Godzilla. They were dealing with something completely new.

As Kino and Také prepared to journey down into the tunnel to see what they could find, Burton asked if chasing after this new monster was necessary when they already had their hands full studying Godzilla. Doctor Kagaku explained that they could gain invaluable knowledge from the creature, then added that they should name it after Burton as he was the first to suspect that the monster existed, suggesting "Helsasaurus." Burton replied that he didn't care if they called it "Burtannus Rex," as long as they didn't mess around with the monster.

Armed with high intensity handheld lights, as Dr. Kagaku suspected the beast was subterranean and thus would be sensitive to light, Kino and Také journeyed down into the tunnel. After the two of them explored the underground caves for some time, Také heard something up ahead in the darkness. Telling Kino to shine his flashlight in front of them, the duo were stunned to find themselves faced with two baby monsters! The creatures, though infants, were still fairly large, each of them roughly twenty feet high. Though Také relaxed upon realizing that they were just babies, he soon glanced up and began stammering in fear; Burtannus, the infants' massive mother, had been in fact watching the two G-Force members the entire time.

BurtannusAs the two babies reached up for their mother, Kino realized he and Také had to get out of the caves as quickly as possible. Pulling out the high intensity light Doctor Kagaku had given him, he took aim and activated it, a blinding light shining forth and stunning the three subterranean creatures. Enraged, Burtannus began to give chase. What none of them knew was that Godzilla had also arrived at San Javier, having sensed the presence of another monster such as himself. Submerging beneath the waves, he reached the edge of the island and began to dig, eventually breaking through and flooding Burtannus' tunnels. As Také and Kino escaped from the entrance they came in, out in the open ocean, Godzilla and Burtannus burst from the surface.

Burtannus immediately went on the attack, plunging her massive, spiked beak down into Godzilla's upper arm, drawing blood. Surprised and hurt, it took Godzilla a moment to collect himself before he responded in kind, lunging forward and sinking his teeth into Burtannus' neck, spilling the subterranean creature's blood. For a moment, Godzilla let his opponent's blood drip from his jaws before he continued his assault, firing an atomic blast directly into Burtannus' face. But the maternal titan was hardly helpless, as she immediately returned fire with a bolt of electricity from her snout horn, electrocuting the Monster King. Before her foe could recuperate, Burtannus continued her assault, slamming her massive tail into Godzilla and knocking him off his feet.

By now, Burtannus' babies had emerged from the waves, and their mother turned to care for them. Having gotten back to his feet, Godzilla considered his fight with Burtannus, as well as his earlier encounter with the Peruvian Air Force. Deciding he had had enough conflict for one day, Godzilla turned and began to swim away. At the same time, Burtannus and her young left San Javier as well, heading out to the open sea.


Powers / Weapons
Burrowing Ability

Burrowing Ability

As a subterranean creature, Burtannus was a highly skilled burrower, able to dig straight down into the ground and create a massive tunnel nearly a mile long in order to build a nest for her children.

   
Electric Shock

Electric Shock

Burtannus had the ability to fire bolts of electricity from her snout horn at foes.

This attack generated an electric current powerful enough to electrocute even the strongest of opponents, harming Godzilla enough that he ultimately decided against continuing their fight.

   
Spiked Beak

Spiked Beak

Adorning the front of Burtannus' face was a deadly armored beak. This proved a sharp spike not only on the top of her snout, but one jutting down from her upper jaw as well.

The lower spike allowed Burtannus to easily pierce Godzilla's flesh with a single bite.


Weaknesses
Sudden Bright Lights

Sudden Bright Lights

Being subterranean in nature, Burtannus was used to and in fact preferred the darkness, normally only leaving her nest during the night.

While she could adjust to sunlight and function during the day, if she was in a dark area and suddenly introduced to an extremely bright light source it would momentarily blind and even stun the creature.


Background and Trivia
  • Created by Randy Stradley.
  • Dialogue in the issue, particularly that of Burton Helzer, strongly implies that Burtannus may be another of the Disaster Monsters, the prehistoric super beasts introduced in Godzilla King of the Monsters (1987) that included Soran, Inagos, Kamerus, and Godzilla himself. This would make Burtannus the only monster from the Dark Horse comics ongoing series to be connected to the group.



Burtannus Babies
Burtannus Babies

Height :
Mass :

Powers / Weapons

None

Weaknesses

Sudden bright lights

Appearances

Godzilla King of the Monsters #13 (1996)

Series // Dark Horse

Roar

Description

Deep within the bowels of the earth, far below San Javier, Peru, G-Force members Také and Kino were investigating the tunnels made by a large subterranean creature who had devastated a local village the previous night. While they didn't find the exact beast they were looking for, they did find its young; two comparatively small, freshly hatched creatures that seemed startled and afraid by the sudden visitors and their flashlights more than anything else. While Také didn't find them threatening, he didn't realize until too late that they were reaching out for their mother... who lowered her head and leaned in close as she came to investigate the humans. Acting quickly, Kino used his high intensity light to stun the babies and their mother so he and Také could make their escape.

As their mother Burtannus chased after the humans, outside, Godzilla began to dig his way in, sensing the three creatures. Flooding the tunnel, Godzilla found himself faced with Burtannus, and the two ancient reptiles began to do battle. Before too long, the two infants rose up from the water and swam to their parent's side. With Godzilla and Burtannus coming to a mutual decision to end their battle, the mother and her two babies swam away, leaving San Javier behind.


Powers / Weapons
None

None

The two baby Burtannus' displayed no special abilities during their encounter with G-Force and Godzilla, but would no doubt share their mother's power of electric shock and ability to burrow once they became older.


Weaknesses
Sudden Bright Lights

Sudden Bright Lights

Just as their mother was, the two baby Burtannus' were underground creatures and thus had an aversion to severely bright lights, which could potentially blind and stun them.


Background and Trivia
  • Created by Randy Stradley.