Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #18
 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, Ebirah, Megaguirus, Mothra, Meganulon, Meganula, Gaira Shobijin
Anthony Romero

If anyone felt like the series needed a bit more kaiju action, this story contains wall-to-wall fights, making for a fast read that is light on dialogue. Thankfully, artist Matt Frank really sells the visuals leading toward a fun read.

For the story, in Brazil, in the not too distant past, a giant cave is uncovered. Eggs are found inside, hatching to reveal Meganulon which kill the locals. Present day, more of those eggs are coming deeper into the mainland and the Meganulon are attacking the town. Their rampage is interrupted, though, by Godzilla and Ebirah who bring their battle on land. The Meganulon do a full out assault on Ebirah, drawing blood. The city's distress has just begun, though, as a flying foe swoops in to survey the damage...

Popcorn entertainment: the book starts with mayhem, and is a roller coaster through out. It's a quick read, and not a lot of story. It's enjoyable, if not particularly memorable. Given there isn't much to talk about, going to dive into the spoilers a little early. So anyone concerned, turn back now. That out of the way, although the cover hints at Battra, the flying monster in the issue is Megaguirus. There is some fleshing out with Lucy Casprell recalling Ebirah and Megaguirus from the vision she had way back in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #9, but not much else is explored on the human front after they escape a brief tussle with a Meganulon.

I will say, it's great to have Matt Frank back doing full time art duties inside as well. Seeing Ebirah fight the Meganulon is great. The little guys pack a surprising punch, and Matt's art really sells it. The issue highlight for me, though, was the Megaguirus vs. Godzilla vs. Ebirah bout. It's tragically short, though, as Ebirah retreats four pages into it (two of those being a splash page) but gave me a minor mental fist pump just for the odd mix of fighters. Regardless, Frank is on his A game for this issue. Godzilla looks incredible, some of the best art he has done on the character, and the detail on Ebirah is fantastic as well. Megaguirus also looks more evil than she did in the film, and a bit more animated in the facial features as well which stays with what we have seen in the series already.

In terms of the covers, we have an odd situation where the main cover is totally misleading. The cover shows Battra blasting down Mothra Imago while the larva look on. There are some cool cameos of the islanders leaving, like the chief from Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) and Daiyo from Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966). Sadly, the comic doesn't take place on Infant Island, doesn't feature the adult Mothra, and Battra is not on a single panel or hinted at in the whole book. Not the first time Battra has done red herring duty, since I'm still waiting for that Battra vs. Godzilla vs. Kumonga fight we were promised on the Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #6 three years ago. The alternate cover is more dead on to the subject matter, showing Godzilla and Megaguirus fighting. I'm not a fan of Megaguirus' face, but otherwise its a stellar cover. There is also an uncolored alternate for this as well, billed as an artist edition. All in all, can't go wrong with either cover from an art perspective, although the subscription alternate with Megaguirus is better suited for the story. As a side note, the copyright icons mention King Ghidorah, Rodan and Anguirus who aren't on either cover, although these will probably be fixed before it goes to print.

Overall, the comic reads a bit too quick and its sad to see the odd mash up of Ebirah and Megaguirus over before it even started. The comics are great for these fights that we would never otherwise see, and slightly sad to see this one kind of teased before we get a bout with Godzilla and Megaguirus again. The issue ends on a cliff hanger, but from a mix of waiting for Battra to show up and the quick read, it didn't leave me itching for the next issue even though I did find this enjoyable.

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