Title
 Godzilla Gangsters & Goliaths
Author(s)
 John Layman
Pencils: Alberto Ponticelli Inks: Alberto Ponticelli
Language: English Release: 2011
Publisher: IDW Publishing Pages: 120
Colors: Jay Fotos Cover: Geof Darrow
  Order
Monster Appearances: Aliens, SDF, & Misc Appearances:
Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, Anguirus, Battra, King Ghidorah, Kumonga, Titanosaurus, Mechagodzilla Elias, F-15J Jets
Comments
Andrew Nguyen (submission)

Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths is a miniseries that was originally published in five issues by IDW that focuses on the life of Detective Makoto Sato and his efforts to bring down the Takahashi crime syndicate. As a result, the crime syndicate framed him for the murder of his partner and attempted to execute him while at sea. Fortunately Sato escapes towards an island and the criminals head after him. However the island is none other than Monster Island, home of Godzilla, Mothra and the rest of the Toho kaiju. In the ensuing chaos, Sato barely escapes with his life while most of the criminals are killed by none other than Godzilla. Fortunately he is rescued and nursed back to health by the Elinas, the tiny beauties who serve as Mothra's companions. Seething with revenge against Takahashi and the other criminals, Sato kidnaps the Elinas and attempts to enlist Mothra’s assistance in clearing his name and destroying the crime syndicate. However, Takahashi and his goons learn of Sato’s temporary residence and kidnap the Elinas in order to gain access to ultimate power. To make things worse, Mothra soon comes to Tokyo followed soon later by Godzilla and the other kaiju residents of Monster Island who start to destroy the city. Realizing his mistake, Sato attempts to find redemption with the assistance of his two sons as well as the use of the giant mecha-kaiju Mechagodzilla.

The storyline of this mini-series is certainly an odd one although that is not a bad thing in this case for the storyline is actually pretty well done. It's also an interesting use of the title for alongside Godzilla and the other kaiju, there are monsters in human form as demonstrated by Takahashi, the leader of the syndicate. Sato does come close as well with his single-mindedness on taking out Takahashi while disregarding the consequences of his actions. Fortunately in the progression of the story he sees the results of his actions as Godzilla and the other kaiju start tearing into Tokyo and tries to make amends.

While the artwork from artist Alberto Ponticelli is acceptable, it is also flawed. Although the human characters look very detailed, it is undermined by the drawing style which comes off as mediocre. Fortunately the kaiju fare much better despite small changes that do occur in the drawing of the kaiju, they have the general outlines of their enormous forms. Jay Fotos's use of dark subdued colors for Gangsters & Goliaths is a plus as it helps establish the tone of the story. After the story concludes, there is an artist gallery with the covers of all the individual issues in the Gangsters & Goliaths mini-series. Out of all the covers, James Stokoe and Matt Frank stand out as the best.

For those that have not gotten any of the individual issues of this mini-series, getting the trade paperback is your best bet towards reading this miniseries in one go. Despite the problems with the artwork, Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths is an impressive mini-series from IDW and a good start for the company's initial releases of Godzilla comics.