Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #21
 Chris Mowry
Pencils: Jeff Zornow Inks: Jeff Zornow
Language: English Release: 2015
Publisher: IDW Publishing Pages: 32
Colors: Priscilla Tramontano Cover: Jeff Zornow
Monster Appearances: Aliens, SDF, & Misc Appearances:
Godzilla, Battra, SpaceGodzilla, Trilopods, Rodan, Sanda, Baragon, Gaira, Kumonga, Gorosaurus Shobijin, Cryog
Anthony Romero

Directly following the events of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #20, this issue kicks off a confrontation between the kaiju of monster island and the Cryog's Trilopods, the new original kaiju. The issue is action and dialogue heavy, but slips a little in the art department.

For the story, the Trilopods are attacking Monster Island. Baragon is the first to be defeated and have his powers absorbed by one of the alien monsters. The beasts cycle in on Sanda, but miscalculate as Gaira rushes to his rescue. The Gargantuas also rush to fight off the Trilopods attacking Kumonga. Meanwhile Rodan and Battra have both been defeated, leaving Gaira and Sanda as the island's defenders. Back in Los Angeles, Godzilla and SpaceGodzilla are facing off against their own legion of Trilopods...

The comic is very action heavy from start to finish. At this point, I think it's safe to say that writer Chris Mowry also has a soft spot for The War of the Gargantuas (1966). The pair have been getting a fair amount of spotlight when they do appear. ...not that I'm complaining. They haven't exactly been in a lot of merchandise outside of the films and always nice to see obscure kaiju get a chance to shine as the two do here. Despite all the action, though, the comic does take awhile to read as there is a fair bit of dialogue to go through. As the Cryog talk about their current plans and humanity begins to evacuate the under-siege Monster Island, there is a lot to go over.

The downfall of the issue, though, is that the art is a cut below other issues. Once more Jeff Zornow steps in to do art duties on this comic. The panels are sometimes fantastic, such as Gaira and Sanda tackling the Kumonga powered Trilopod or some of the scenes with Emperor Karkaro. However, a few miss their mark and are a little confusing to understand at a glance. It took me a bit to understand what was seen in the panel with Battra and the Trilopod for example. This is partially the fault of the colors here as Battra is not his usual dark black but was painted brown. The panels with the alligator took me a long time to decipher as well, to realize that the Trilopod was stepping on it and that the alligator in the next panel was a different one. All in all the art is serviceable, but on an action heavy issue like this it's a missed opportunity to have hit it out of the park.

Now I have avoided most spoilers, but will cover a few now. Consider that fair warning to turn back. Anyway, I was a bit disappointed to see SpaceGodzilla get a total jobbing here. He doesn't attack at all, let alone land a single blow, and gets smacked around by the Trilopods as Godzilla does all the work. His sole redeeming factor is a badass, defying look after the Megaguirus fused Trilopod lands a direct hit with his fireball and SpaceGodzilla is still standing. Granted, Baragon, Rodan, Battra and Kumonga are all defeated off panel. However, at least I can assume they put up a fight rather than watching SpaceGodzilla flounder in battle.

As for the covers, both are solid for this issue. The main one is done by interior artist Zornow. It's very flashy, with a wide range of colors showcasing the battle between the Monster Island kaiju and the Trilopods. The roster is mostly accurate to who battles them inside the comic too, with the exception of Zilla who can be seen entangled in one underwater. The alternate, subscriber only cover is done by Matt Frank. It features Godzilla and SpaceGodzilla facing off agains the Trilopods. Besides containing amazing details, it's also very accurate to the story, even including the Megaguirus and SpaceGodzilla versions of the Trilopods. Although it feels at times like it might have been better as a panel rather than a cover, as its not as engaging. Regardless, I still give it the nod as the preferable of the two covers. That is thanks to the detail and just seeing Godzilla and SpaceGodzilla looking as if they are ready to take on the world.

Overall, if the art had been spot on, this would have been another killer issue like the one before. As is, it's just a good issue and continues the climax of the series with some interesting kaiju mix ups.

Variant Covers