Title
 Godzilla: Cataclysm #2
Author(s)
 Cullen Bunn
Pencils: Dave Watcher Inks: Dave Watcher
Language: English Release: 2014
Publisher: IDW Publishing Pages: 32
Colors: Dave Watcher Cover: Dave Watcher
  Order
Monster Appearances: Aliens, SDF, & Misc Appearances:
Godzilla, Biollante, Mothra, King Ghidorah, Ebirah N/A
Comments
Anthony Romero

The second issue in writer Cullen Bunn's post apocalyptic Godzilla: Cataclysm series. While the first comic in the mini-series started strong, the second feels like its spinning its wheels a little, slowly advancing the plot while mostly containing just the battle between Godzilla and Biollante, which is showcased with nice art by Dave Watcher.

In terms of the plot, the comic picks up right after Godzilla: Cataclysm #1 with Godzilla and Biollante locked in combat. Meanwhile, the people in the nearby camp reflect on their past worship of the kaiju as gods following the cataclysm, while they begin to assume and discover that Godzilla is back.

While the first issue set the stage and introduced us to the world, this second one feels like it was injected with too much padding. The backstory that people worshipped them as gods seems kinda out of left field, and like something that could have been mentioned in passing in the first issue. It gives a good excuse to show off Ebirah, though, who hasn't had much of an impact on the IDW runs so far. Now, I have avoided spoilers, talking largely about the pages seen in the preview, but there be spoilers ahead... That said, Mothra joins the conflict with Godzilla and Biollante. While the King of the Monsters and the genetic plant fight for many pages, Godzilla ends up defeating both of the female monsters pretty quickly after Mothra arrives. This gives Godzilla a sort of Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) vibe as the kaiju to beat, and the story hints at there being more than meets the eye in terms of why the King of the Monsters is going on a rampage. Godzilla's return has also caused the nearby camp of survivors to panic, with some looking to pick up the old habits of sacrificing people to the "gods" (kaiju) while others to flee and avoid attention.

Sadly, this issue lets the character development take a back seat, along with the plot. Naturally, that means the monsters get to shine, and dominate the page time in this book. That also translates into a quick read, but gives artist Dave Watcher a moment to show his stuff. Watcher continues to do a good job with the devastated world, while Biollante and Mothra are both impressive here. The book is consistent in its art, too, although lacks panels that will wow the reader all the same.

In terms of covers, there are two to pick from. The first is from the comic artist, Watcher, and pictures a great action shot of Biollante and Godzilla fighting. The alternate is by Bob Eggleton and also displays the two titans fighting. Eggleton's Biollante is excellent, although it feels like there is a bit too much "dead space" in the cover, and the Watcher one seems a bit more dynamic and eye catching.

Overall, an okay issue, but one that has cooled my interest a litte in Godzilla: Cataclysm after an interesting debut. Hopefully the next one packs a bit more, finding a way to mix in the kaiju action while progressing the story at a faster pace.

Variant Covers