Comic: Godzilla Rage Across Time #2 Title
 Godzilla Rage Across Time #2
 Chris Mowry, Kahlil Schweitzer
Pencils: Tadd Galusha Inks: Tadd Galusha
Language: English Release: 2016
Publisher: IDW Publishing Pages: 32
Colors: Jay Fotos Cover: Bob Eggleton
Monster Appearances: Aliens, SDF, & Misc Appearances:
Godzilla, Hydra Zues, Poseidon
Anthony Romero

Second issue into the Rage Across Time series and with it comes a new creative team. On the writing side, Chris Mowry, well known to genre fans for the Godzilla Rulers of Earth series and the excellent Godzilla Legends #4, is joined by newcomer Kahlil Schweitzer, who actually does marketing for IDW Publishing. Art duties are handled by Tadd Galusha, who has dabbled in a variety of franchises but probably has the most concentrated work focused around the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Together they thrust the King of the Monsters to Ancient Greece where he throws down with the Greek Gods. The end result is admirably unique, making for an enjoyable read with consistency on the writing and art side, although not matching the heights of Godzilla Rage Across Time #1.

In terms of plot, Godzilla emerges in the waters off ancient Greece. The beast quickly destroys two ship fleets with its dorsal fins, sending Hermes the messenger to warn the Gods at the Pantheon atop Mount Olympus. Most of the Gods, save Aphrodite, scoff at the report, assuming humanity has waged war with itself. They muse about how tiresome they have become of mortal matters. Ultimately, though, Poseidon is taken by Aphrodite's compassion and leaves to see what might have occurred in the waters off Greece...

For a one shot, the plot has a surprising amount of depth to it. It's certainly not a quick read either, being heavy on dialogue between the gods. It does balance a few too many characters to efficiently develop them over a course of an issue, but does strike the luck of dealing with known beings. That is to say the reader will probably come into this knowing a bit about who Zues and Poseidon are, giving some background to them thanks to being historical figures of myth. The tone of the publication is on the darker side as well, possibly a surprise if someone was expecting something more light hearted given the subject matter of Godzilla fighting the Greek Gods.

Looking at the art, Tadd Galusha does a fairly consistent job. His sole single page image, as the comic is devoid of splash images so it can maximize its story, is quite stunning, and impressive enough that they made it into a convention exclusive cover. Outside of an awkward art job on Aphrodite after the wave hits later in the story, the art is generally on point and all of the gods look unique, even Poseidon and Zues who both have flowing gray hair.

As for the covers, this issue boasts four to pick from. The main cover is once more done by artist Bob Eggleton and depicts the Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002) era Godzilla destroying a column. It's a simple image, but the addition of lightning does make it stand out. Second up is a cover by Aaron Gregory depicting Godzilla destroying statues of the Greek Gods. The art here is of a nondescript, slightly goofy Godzilla. It's not a bad cover, though, and contains its fair share of details. This is followed by a subscriber exclusive cover by Tadd Galusha showing a Godzilla in the dark being attacked from the skies by the Greek Gods. It's a great image, well structured with a lot going on that makes it excel as a cover. Finally, there is a convention exclusive cover that takes one of the images from the interior art and uses it as a cover. It's a bit of a cheat, although the image in question is great enough that it works. In terms of the best cover, the Eggleton or subscriber version get my vote, with both being excellent choices.

Overall, the issue was a longer and enjoyable read. It will probably be remembered more for its unique concept rather than what transpires in the story, but it's worth digging out for an occasional read. All in all, another entry in what is shaping up to be a good mini series from IDW.

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