Comic: Godzilla Oblivion #4 Title
 Godzilla Oblivion #4
 Joshua Hale Fialkov
Pencils: Brian Churilla Inks: Brian Churilla
Language: English Release: 2016
Publisher: IDW Publishing Pages: 32
Colors: Jay Fotos Cover: Brian Churilla
Monster Appearances: Aliens, SDF, & Misc Appearances:
Godzilla, Mecha-King Ghidorah, Kiryu, King Ghidorah, Mothra, Biollante, King Caesar, Zilla, Anguirus, Rodan N/A
Anthony Romero

Almost at the end, this 4th issue in Joshua Fialkov's Godzilla Oblivion is one issue away from concluding. As one might expect given the closer, this issue starts with action and then builds to the next set piece for another large conflict. Sadly, despite some cool moments, the issue has trouble nailing down a fluid sense of time but is saved from some impressive art panels.

For the comic's story, the issue starts with a legion of small Kiryus fighting Godzilla. The mechs find themselves overpowered by the King of the Monsters, but are enough of a decoy for humanity to excavate the body of King Ghidorah to create a new weapon...

The plot synopsis probably gives the story a bit more gravitas than what is seen on panel. In reality, the time line gets a little fuzzy and the viewer really has to suspend disbelief. That said, I am going to jump into spoilers pretty quick in this review, so take this as a chance to back out now if needed. So while the sudden army of Kiryus in the earlier issue caused some logic issues, as they seemed to have been built out of nowhere, Mecha-King Ghidorah comes with his own, appearing to be built right away. In fact, either he is built in a day or the issue falters to really give a sense of what Godzilla was doing in between fighting the Kiryu army and suddenly appearing so he can face off with the three-headed mech.

Despite its faults, though, one would be hard pressed to ignore that there is a very impressive visual when Mecha-King Ghidorah does first appear. Artist Brian Churilla, while uneven in areas, really knocks it out of the park when it comes to Mecha-King Ghidorah. This includes some impressive visuals of the creature being built, but also some excellent shots of the creature towering over Godzilla. It's a very consistent art performance around the character, which is needed as the story does hinge on his appearance sparking a certain degree of reaction from the reader... and Churilla's art achieves that.

As for the covers, this issue has four different ones to choose from. The main cover, by interior artist Brian Churilla, has Godzilla swimming in a red hued body of water. The contrast between Godzilla and the red water makes it stand out, although doesn't have a huge amount of relevance to the issue. The subscription cover is once more done by James Stokoe (Godzilla: The Half-Century War series) and this time focuses on Mecha-King Ghidorah flying in the clouds among jets. The details are rich and it's nice to see a monster other than Godzilla highlighted so prominently, although the angle of the wings feel odd. The next cover is from Michael Walsh and shows a kid watching as Godzilla destroys a city in the distance. It's an artsy cover, and Godzilla slightly resembles the American one from Godzilla (2014). The strong contrast in colors and detail make it a solid choice and one of the better covers for this series. The final cover is by Jeff Zornow and show cases Godzilla fighting off Biollante's rose form. This is a Vampire Robots exclusive cover and is the winner of the four, as it's a striking angle and a lot of detail placed into the battle of the two titans. This is even in spite of the fact it has zero relation to the comic's contents.

Overall, I was slightly indifferent to this issue. It had its moments, but moved too quickly from the Kiryu battle to the construction of Mecha-King Ghidorah to give the reader any sort of sense of a relative time line. Without spoiling anything, I will say the final page throws a major curve ball and it will be interesting to see how this story is all wrapped up in the final issue.

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