Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #11
 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, Destoroyah, Titanosaurus, Gezora, Manda, Kiryu, Baragon, Gaira, Sanda Devonian
Anthony Romero

Eleven issues in, and the Devonian invasion is slowly starting to kick off. Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #10 was a bit of a welcome detour, but its back to the underwater struggle here. The issue starts off pretty strong, with writer Chris Mowry and artist Matt Frank giving a satisfying battle in France to open, before focusing on the Devonian aspect which is starting to feel a little drawn out.

For the story, the issue opens with Baragon destroying the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Kiryu lands shortly after, igniting a fierce battle between the two. The mechanical Godzilla is victorious, carrying off the smaller kaiju to their future location of a Monster Island-like chain of islands. Meanwhile, the Devonian have located Godzilla, preparing an assault with their water kaiju against the King of the Monsters. As their attack plan continues, humanity continues to talk with a lone Devonian rebel that begins to reveal the invading forces.

The plot for this issue is action packed, starting off with an issue highlight from Baragon vs. Kiryu before ending in a five-way melee with Godzilla and the water kaiju. The middle is a slight lull, filled in with more backstory on the Devonian. Their invasion is starting to feel a little long in the tooth, since their intentions became clear three issues ago in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #8 but feels like it has been spinning in place since then. This story does seem to hint at moving that plot along, ending with a cliffhanger that involves their home.

Thankfully, the art makes the issue really work in areas. The Baragon and Kiryu fight is surprisingly intense. The comic debuts the second version of Kiryu, the one seen in Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003), and Matt Frank draws the creature very faithfully to his movie appearance. Baragon is a little more loose, featuring an almost mix of cat and dog-like eyes, but Frank does a good job walking the line between being faithful and adding his own touch to make the character look a little unique here. The Devonian, as usual, look spot on, as does Godzilla and the water kaiju. The humans are a little inconsistent, being drawn at times where they look to be quite aged and then young in other panels, but nothing too severe.

As for the covers, both are okay this time. The main cover by Matt Frank is more eye catching (pun may or may not be intended), giving a nice image of Godzilla's eye and Destoroyahs all over him. The alternate by Jeff Zornow has Godzilla fighting Gezora, Titanosaurus and Manda. This one is visually appealing, but feels to drown out Godzilla a little and makes the frame feel crowded. Not highlight covers for the series, but both are good, show off aspects that relate to the comic and are different enough to likely create fans of each.

Overall, another issue where the more enjoyable aspect is what amounts to a "plot detour" while the main theme of the Devonian continues to slowly develop. Ultimately, the issue is a fun read, but feels a little forgettable by the end.

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