Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #7
 Eric Powell and Tracy Marsh
Pencils: Victor Santos Inks: Victor Santos
Language: English Release: 2011
Publisher: IDW Publishing Pages: 32
Colors: Ronda Pattison Cover: Eric Powell
Monster Appearances: Aliens, SDF, & Misc Appearances:
Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Rodan, Battra, Anguirus -
Anthony Romero

The monster cast down played in the previous issue is out in full force, although offer up a story that feels like it spends its time building for later events and subdues its own action scenes. This comic actually builds upon and establishes some upcoming plot lines for the series going forward, giving the distinct impression that Eric Powell is trying to lay down as much foundation as possible for the series for the writing team taking over after he departs. In terms of the art, Victor Santos again doesn't do much to impress, leading to a slightly forgettable issue in the run if not for the fact that it will be critical reading for issue 8.

In terms of the story, and back out now if you are avoiding spoilers, Steven Woods continues to watch over the little girl Allie while the world falls apart around him, with survivors still turning on each other for what remains of the supplies. Godzilla assaults Washington DC, while Rodan and Battra fight each other before both being controlled by the twins. Meanwhile in the mountains in Asia, a monk sacrifices his life to awake King Ghidorah.

The story here sets up a lot for future issues, but suffers for not really having its own pay off. As exciting as it is to see Battra finally hatch and to have it do battle with Rodan, the excitement is quickly extinguished when the twins manage to control both monsters. It certainly places the twins on a very powerful level, far more than just Battra's version of the Elias; however, their next plot, to find and control the King of the Monsters, seems a little contrived. Plus I will just admit, as a Rodan fan, it was disappointing to see him get so little page time so far and then finally turn up only to be controlled. For Steven Woods, the story here is mostly a retread. In fact, nothing really develops there as both he and Allie are doing exactly what they did all last issue. The comic does end on a high note of promising more with King Ghidorah, and it will be interesting to see if its based more on its Millennium or evil incarnation here.

In terms of the art, its still poor but ever so slightly improving. Victor Santos is slowly removing some of the goofy-comedic tint that his work had before, but the overall appearance still feels too much like a parody to carry the grim story Powell is trying to tell. None of the monsters in this issue look particularly impressive either, although Santos does create a few nice panels of Battra and Rodan fighting in the air.

As for the covers, this issue actually only has two. The first, by Eric Powell, is a nice shot of Godzilla marching along while Steven Woods and Allie watch on. Godzilla isn't draw all that well in the face, but the scene itself has a nice contrast to it that make it a little more interesting than some of Powell's others. The variant by Matt Frank shows Battra in both her larval and imago form, in certainly one of his more impressive works for the series so far and a great pose for the imago form.

Overall, this isn't a bad issue, but its forgettable as it spends almost all its time setting things in motion for what's to come. Issue 8 will tell if spending an entire comic building up paid off or not, but either way this issue will read better in trade format.

Variant Covers