Godzilla #11
 Duane Swierczynski
Pencils: Simon Gane Inks: Simon Gane
Language: English Release: 2013
Publisher: IDW Publishing Pages: 32
Colors: Ronda Pattison Cover: Bob Eggleton
Monster Appearances: Aliens, SDF, & Misc Appearances:
Godzilla, Hedorah, Rodan, SpaceGodzilla, Gigan, Kiryu, Monster X, Kumonga, Titanosaurus, Anguirus, Battra N/A
Anthony Romero

Series writer Duane Swierczynski is on a roll, producing another entertaining issue that, while not at the heights of Godzilla #10, is an enjoyable ride that focuses a lot on the action that has been set into motion in the earlier issues. Meanwhile, Simon Gane does another fantastic job on the art duties here, working well to capture the energy found in the many battles housed in the comic.

In terms of plot, the issue begins roughly where the last ended, with Harrison, Boxer and Hikari flying Kiryu while Godzilla engages Hedorah in California, Rodan and Anguirus fight Gigan in Hong Kong and Battra and Titanosaurus tackle SpaceGodzilla in London.

The issue is pretty light on plot, being a bunch of monster on monster action. It's not as satisfying as the previous issue for that reason, not striking the right balance between the human and kaiju content or creating some of the memorable lines that the previous issue had delivered. However, in a greater scale of things, this issue will read very well in the trade format as the beginning of a climax to the series and does well in catering to the popcorn entertainment desire in all of us.

Seeing as how the story is so rooted in the action, it's worth talking about the art, as Simon Gane is really doing some wonderful work on the series at this stage. He had some rough patches at the start of the series, such as Godzilla #4, but feels very comfortable in the title now and in crafting the kaiju and human characters alike. In particular, his Godzilla against Hedorah splash screen is amazing, conveying the right sense of energy and an incredible amount of detail. The type of splash screen that you can really savor. The issue takes a lot of cues from Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971) as well, both in the writing and the art, including one shocker (that I won't spoil, but that it's interesting to see the Heisei series Godzilla perform it).

I have bypassed major spoilers so far, but those wishing to avoid them should probably back out now. That said, while the Godzilla and Hedorah battle gets the most page time, the Rodan and Anguirus battle is also done well here, with Rodan getting a particular deadly blow in. The SpaceGodzilla sequence doesn't get a lot of page time, but does display the power of the space monster. Meanwhile, the Kumonga and Kiryu team up continues, although the spider seems a little out of character here, being pretty passive... in particular there is a sequence where Kiryu lands to power up, and Kumonga is notably absent to attack all the humans nearby as had been his norm up to this point. Also, worth noting that Kiryu appears to use his Hyper Maser from Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003), although it's oddly called the Absolute Zero Cannon. Monster X also gets some amazing art done for him, another that Gane is strong depicting, and it will be interesting to see what happened to Kumonga after their tussle.

In regards to the covers, Bob Eggleton creates a solid one showing Hedorah eyeing Godzilla in the background. The cover isn't exciting, but Eggleton draws an excellent Hedorah which helps make this an appealing visual. The alternate is done by Matt Frank, showing Godzilla and Anguirus tackling SpaceGodzilla, while Battra fires a blast on Gigan. The cover has a great sense of action, in particular in how Battra's blast looks firing on Gigan, while Frank draws an amazing SpaceGodzilla making this the better of the two covers.

Overall, good issue that keeps the ongoing on its current high note. A few of the battles seem to have finished at this stage, giving a sense of story progression, while new ones are teased for the next comic which might turn out to continue the popcorn entertainment housed in this issue.

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