Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #16
 Chris Mowry
Pencils: Jeff Zornow/Matt Frank Inks: Jeff Zornow/Matt Frank
Language: English Release: 2014
Publisher: IDW Publishing Pages: 32
Colors: Priscilla Tramontano Cover: Matt Frank
Monster Appearances: Aliens, SDF, & Misc Appearances:
Godzilla, Mecha-King Ghidorah, Anguirus, Mechagodzilla, Kiryu, Gigan Cryog
Anthony Romero

Another story arc heads to a mini-climax, as issue #16 leads up to a giant battle as the Cryog bring Godzilla toward an elaborate trap. Like Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #15, the issue is action packed, but this one does a better job juggling the plot aspect. The art is a little mixed, with split duties from Jeff Zornow and Matt Frank, but really excels for the final battle.

For the story, the issue begins with the crew of Kiryu, downed in Russia. They are quickly discovered and escorted at gunpoint by Russian Special Forces. The trip is delayed, though, when the roar of Godzilla booms out. The King of the Monsters is being carried off by Mecha-King Ghidorah, piloted by the mental twins, to a designated location called "the Arena".

Although once again largely a battle heavy comic, the issue juggles a fair bit of exposition between the twins and the Cryog which gives it a bit of meat along with the dessert. The twins and the Cryog have a shaky alliance, with the former not afraid to slight the latter until threatened. This whole exchange adds into the rebellious nature of the twins that had been established back in Kingdom of Monsters. The arena itself is a large battlefield, complete with devices meant to aid the twin's powers, fortified by Mechagodzillas. The addition of Mecha-King Ghidorah means the anti has once more been upped and the odds stacked further against Godzilla. So there is a lot of action, but also enough meat that you aren't reading through the whole thing in a few minutes either.

For art duties, the issue is split down the middle and handled by Jeff Zornow and Matt Frank in that order. The issue plays up to Frank's strengths and gives him the latter part of the comic, which aside from one page is totally crammed with a giant kaiju battle. Frank gives the final segment the gravitas it needs to succeed and make it a very enjoyable closer. The facial expressions of Godzilla are a winner here, adding a bit more depth to the fight to see the character be emotive to his surroundings. As for the first half of the comic, it's adequate. It doesn't stand out, but is consistent and gets the job done.

In terms of the covers, there are two to choose from that are done by the comic artists. The main one by Matt Frank depcits Godzilla with Mechagodzilla's missles lodged into him as the twins look on. The cover is eye catching, different and a winner. The alternate is by Jeff Zornow and has Mecha-King Ghidorah blasting Godzilla and Anguirus against a wave of explosions. It uses that "mysterious ray of light behind Mecha-King Ghidorah", which seems like a nice homage to his introduction in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) after landing. Both covers are solid, and while I prefer the Matt Frank one, you can't go wrong with either.

Overall, the series is known for its popcorn entertainment issues, and this is one of the more enjoyable ones. While it wouldn't rank up as one of the best the series has to offer, it has enough going on to make it a longer read while still giving the payoff climax battle to make it stand out. Thanks to some really great art from Frank housed within, the issue gets a firm recommendation.

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