Comic: Godzilla Oblivion #4 Title
 Godzilla Oblivion #5
 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, Mothra, Biollante, King Caesar, Zilla, Anguirus, Rodan, Hedorah, Battra N/A
Anthony Romero

The 5th and final issue to Joshua Fialkov's Godzilla Oblivion series, the 6th mini-series far from IDW Publishing. As assumed, the issue is pretty action packed, with near non-stop kaiju battles. Unfortunately, the issue is let down in the art department, feeling rushed even compared to some of the earlier, uneven issues in the series. This makes the comic simply okay rather than memorable, although the out of left field conclusion to the whole series does stand out, for better or worse.

Plot wise, the issue starts out with Godzilla and Mecha-King Ghidorah still fighting as a legion of kaiju enter through a portal from the "second Earth". King Caesar, Anguirus, Hedorah (who was unseen in the previous issue, but seems to have come with them) and many more rush Godzilla. Under siege, Godzilla and Mecha-King Ghidorah fight the onslaught of monsters.

Action, action and more action pretty much defines this issue, although it does offer a small subplot with the threat of the army nuking all of them in hopes that "some" of humanity might survive. Unfortunately, the issue suffers from some rushed art. Characters like Biollante and especially Zilla, who looks just awful here, are letdowns. It seems the huge monster cast caused some extra strain on artist Brian Churilla, whose work here is definitely below the average level of quality he had previously established in the series. This is unfortunate as the art really needed to sell the action in this issue, and instead it falters.

Another problem with this issue is "too many monsters". IDW Publishing suffered this in the past with series such as Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths. Simply put, not every story needs to end in a Destroy All Monsters (1968)-like kaiju extravaganza. As a result, a lot of monsters do next to nothing of note or literally nothing of note, such as Biollante whose claim to fame in the issue is walking from the portal to over where Godzilla is... and roaring. Others like Hedorah, who is drawn well here after the Millennium version, simply get a face full of Godzilla's atomic ray and that's it for their sequence.

As for the conclusion, now would be a good time to turn back if someone wants to avoid spoilers. That said, the issue ends with Eli Talbert and Ms. Yamada opening portals all over the world, urging humanity to escape to the post apocalyptic world that the current kaiju came from. The logic being that their own world is doomed from the onslaught of kaiju, which is probably correct but not sure a post apocalyptic world that likely still has kaiju swarming in it is a great alternative. It's slightly poetic in its prose, but feels a little too abrupt without a proper build up.

In terms of the covers, this final issue offers three different options. The main cover, as with the four previous issues, is by interior artist Brian Churilla and has Godzilla blasting his atomic ray into the air as a portal opens behind him. Like some of the earlier covers, the style is simplistic but well done, although isn't as eye catching as perhaps a cover should be. Next on the docket is the subscription cover by James Stokoe (Godzilla: The Half-Century War series). This image has Godzilla bursting through a building, his eyes all white. It's an okay cover, but not memorable and feels almost like an inside panel from Stokoe, although that might partially be due to the level of detail he puts into all his work. The final cover is by Dave Wachter (Godzilla Cataclysm series) and depicts Godzilla fighting King Ghidorah. This is it. Wachter's cover is easily the best of the three, and packs a jaw dropping degree of detail with a great use of colors. The three-headed monster looks fantastic here, and it's a really dynamic pose of it zapping Godzilla.

Overall, I was really disappointed in the art in this issue. It really needed to excel to make the climax memorable, and dropped the ball in that regard. I can imagine, with the tons of kaiju, this was not an easy issue to draw. All the same, it missed the mark on this account. As for the series as a whole, it does end on the weird note that it started on, so at least it's consistent. Can't say the series strikes me as one of the better offerings from IDW, but certainly did make the best use of the Mecha-King Ghidorah concept since the original 1991 movie.

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Comic: Godzilla Oblivion #4 Comic: Godzilla Oblivion #4