Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #8
 Chris Mowry
Pencils: Matt Frank Inks: Matt Frank
Language: English Release: 2014
Publisher: IDW Publishing Pages: 32
Colors: Priscilla Tramontano Cover: Matt Frank
Monster Appearances: Aliens, SDF, & Misc Appearances:
Godzilla, Biollante, Jet Jaguar, Titanosaurus, Manda, Gezora Cryog, Devonian, Millennian UFO
Anthony Romero

First issue of the new year, and a major story progression for the series, as Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #8 wraps up part of the alien invasion while kicking off the introduction of Biollante. The comic, as the one before, is an enjoyable read thanks largely to the ever improving art duties by Matt Frank, while the story is starting to move the plot toward what looks like a second climax.

For the story, Steven Woods and Chavez are trapped inside the Cryog ship facing down the alien invaders. The standoff is short lived, as Woods starts blasting with his handheld zero cannon, sending them running. Shortly afterwards, Jet Jaguar breaks apart a piece of the ship, rescuing the two, while the Cryog retreat toward the Devonian island bases... only to find themselves double crossed and a monster called Biollante waiting for them. Entangled in her vines and their destruction imminent, Godzilla arrives and blasts the vines which inadvertently frees the ship; however, it's too late for the alien race, leaving Godzilla to fend off the giant plant mutation.

Plot wise, there is a lot going on here, more than most of the issues that preceded it. While the Devonian double crossing the Cryog was an unforeseen surprise, and I give credit for shaking up the normal alien invaders dynamic that has become such a mainstay in the films (think if the Seatopians betrayed the Nebulians), it does in retrospect make the Cryog look like chumps which is all the more unexpected after their lethal showing in Godzilla Rulers of Earth #3.

As to be expected, the issue is heavy on the action, although the Godzilla and Biollante battle was not quite as climatic or as long as I might have hoped for at six pages, although to be fair Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) is my favorite film and likely would have been a critic regardless. I will give it credit for at least ending it in a creative way, that I'm sure at least some fan fiction will be quick to emulate. The action as always is really helped along by the art, as Matt Frank does draw a good Biollante, although it's Godzilla and the Cryog who once more have the most impressive art showings. Worth noting as well, as it hasn't been touched on in awhile, but Frank has really come a long way in how he portrays the human characters as well. When contrasting with earlier titles, like Godzilla Legends #1, the humans are more detailed, more distinct and with less exaggerated features that overall makes for a pretty solid improvement.

As for the covers, the comic has two which are both misleading, hinting at a huge monster ensemble that never happens. Of the two, the alternate by Jeff Zornow gets the nod as he draws an amazing shot of an overly large Biollante towering over the other monsters. Some of the details in the kaiju is loose, but frankly Biollante looks so great she could have been the only monster on the cover and it would have still netted it as the recommended choice. The main cover by Matt Frank is good... but gives an overly comedic vibe (one that seems like an homage to the 1987 Justice League #1) that doesn't quite fit the title. Most of the characters do look solid, though, with Godzilla and Anguirus looking the best, although the Gargantuas could have used a bit more work.

Overall, another enjoyable issue that ends on one of the better cliff hangers in the series, leaving a real lasting impression on that final panel and has the reader in anticipation for what the Devonian's plan is after having tossed the Cyrog out of the way.

Variant Covers