Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #22
 Chris Mowry
Pencils: Matt Frank Inks: Matt Frank
Language: English Release: 2015
Publisher: IDW Publishing Pages: 32
Colors: Priscilla Tramontano Cover: Matt Frank
Monster Appearances: Aliens, SDF, & Misc Appearances:
Godzilla, SpaceGodzilla, Trilopods, Gorosaurus Shobijin
Anthony Romero

The Trilopods' invasion advances, the kaiju are under assault and the world is burning. The climax to the long running Godzilla: Rulers of Earth series continues, and continues to entertain with stellar artwork by artist Matt Frank and good story pacing by writer Chris Mowry.

For the plot, the comic begins with Gorosaurus fighting off the Trilopods. Despite an earnest effort, the kaiju is beaten by the aliens and dragged into a large pod for later use. Meanwhile, Godzilla and SpaceGodzilla are stilling trying to fend off the attacking Trilopods in Los Angeles...

The issue continues the trend of popcorn entertainment. This one reads incredibly brief in synopsis form, although there is enough dialogue going on to prevent it from being a quick read. Before diving into the good parts, there is a lengthy segment where Chavez basically has a "maybe this is the end" speech. Personally these types of sequences make me roll my eyes. Doomsday scenarios are always better shown than have characters sulk about it over speeches as it's occuring, which feel like an attempt to artificially heighten the menace. Regardless, the actual fear is present and shown during the second battle in the comic. Thankfully, Matt Frank fires on all cylinders here and really sells the visuals. There are amazing details packed into each page and some elements transcend description. The close up of SpaceGodzilla's eye looking off into space is chilling for example, showing off a sense of threatening menace while at the same time a sense of realization... for characters who don't talk, the stances and more do a nice job of selling aspects like that SpaceGodzilla is more aware of what's going on than the other kaiju.

Now I have avoided spoilers so far, but time to dive in. So turn back if this is a concern. Anyway, after being curb stomped in the previous issue, SpaceGodzilla redeems himself taking charge and teaming with Godzilla to fight the invaders. This doesn't stop him from, literally, kicking Godzilla while he is down, staying true to his more underhanded personality. The issue also ends with a great cliff hanger, as the Trilopods kick their invasion into high gear. Also, despite Gorosaurus appearing huge in the final panel of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #21, being large enough to have the Trilopods literally hanging from his mouth, he is scaled to be the same size as them in this issue.

As a side note, this issue does feel like it has left a few elements hanging. What happened to the Gargantuas that were in a struggle against the Trilopods? Where are the Cryog as well? They are totally absent from this issue. I have no doubt these elements will return in the following issue, and will play fine in the trade format, but feels odd to have them not even referenced in this comic.

In terms of the covers, both are great this time around... but neither is particularly true to the contents of the comic. Of the two, the main cover with Gorosaurus is the more accurate one. It showcases Gorosaurus in prehistoric times surrounded by dinosaurs. The Gorosaurus part is right, as the issue does open with him, but the dinosaur element is nowhere to be found. The dinosaurs makes it seem more like a profile shot for the Gorosaurus character than directly tied with the issue. The alternate cover by Jeff Zornow has an imposing image of Kiryu and Moguera flying amongst a huge wave of jets. Nothing even close to that appears in the issue, and possible this is a spoiler for events to come, but it's still an impressive image. The only complaint is that Kiryu's waist feels oddly twisted compared to the rest of his body. Either way, both covers are stellar and can't go wrong with either.

Overall, not one of the greater issues in the run, but entreating with solid art. It advances the plot and leaves you craving more, as the climax for this comic run continues to progress at a great pace.

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