Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #17
 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, SpaceGodzilla, Gigan, Ebirah, Mecha-King Ghidorah, Anguirus, Mechagodzilla, Kiryu, Gigan, Mothra, King Caesar Cryog
Anthony Romero

As the last arc is cleaned up a bit here, a new one begins involving SpaceGodzilla and the Cryog. The issue is enjoyable, thanks to some nice monster moments, although the art found inside is uneven and drags down the comic at times.

In terms of the plot, the comic starts with the crew of Kiryu STILL downed in Russia. They are approached by troops, though, who are carrying the psychic twins among others. They have all witnessed Mecha-King Ghidorah and the two Mechagodzillas take off, while Godzilla and Anguirus venture off into the sea. Two weeks later, the Cryog aliens are in space near the moon, having lost track of Mecha-King Ghidorah. The alien race has bigger concerns, though, when they discover that SpaceGodzilla is approaching with hostile intents...

First off, this comic is a nice long read thanks to a good mix of dialogue, but has good pacing. The brisk pace is thanks to a lot of kaiju action for the issue's second act, although not all of it feels fluid. Now I have written this review rather late due to a trip that happened when it first came out, but if you are wishing to avoid spoilers: turn back now. That said, the issue centers around Gigan and SpaceGodzilla fighting it out. Some of the crystals from SpaceGodzilla begin to fly toward earth and draw the attention of Godzilla... and Ebirah, who seems to appear out of nowhere. The Godzilla vs. Ebirah fight isn't nearly as interesting as the SpaceGodzilla vs Gigan one, and feels like an awkward transition between the two. A greater focus on the space battle, with just a reaction from Godzilla due to the crystals falling, would have served the issue a lot better.

Sadly, the downside of this comic is the art. Considering artist Jeff Zornow just did half of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #16, I was surprised to see him back so soon. This issue is technically a joint effort between him and series regular Matt Frank, although Frank only does one page which has Godzilla and Anguirus on it. To stay positive first, Zornow draws a great SpaceGodzilla. His introduction, quickly destroying a Mechagodzilla and landing on the Cryog ship to attack, is brilliantly composed and accomplished. The same can not be said for his depiction of the Cryog, who look over the top and buffoonish at times. Frank has so well defined their look in earlier issues that it would always be a tough act to follow, but even taking that into account they are lacking here. The end to the Gigan and SpaceGodzilla fight is super confusing as well. Did Gigan "miss" and get caught drifting in space? Did SpaceGodzilla do some ESP and strand him? It's really not clear and wrapped up too quickly at the end.

As for the covers, the main one is done by Jeff Zornow and shows SpaceGodzilla and Gigan battling it out on the moon. It's a dynamic shot of the two, showing off Zornow's great SpaceGodzilla, and is the most reflective of the subject of the comic. That said, the alternate by Matt Frank is the clear winner here. The alternate depicts Godzilla lifting Ebirah while a fiery ship rests in the foreground. Great use of color with the glow from the fire and a rock solid action pose make this one of the better covers in the series.

Overall, has some highlights but not a great issue, and most of that is on account of the art. A few moments in the monster battles are great, but the Cryog are a little distracting for long time readers and the art seems to lose detail as it goes on.

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