Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Volume #1
 Chris Mowry
Pencils: Matt Frank, Jeff Zornow Inks: Matt Frank, Jeff Zornow
Language: English Release: 2013
Publisher: IDW Publishing Pages: 124
Colors: Ronda Pattison, Priscilla Tramontano, Josh Perez Cover: Matt Frank
Monster Appearances: Aliens, SDF, & Misc Appearances:
Godzilla, Gigan, Kumonga, Anguirus, Titanosaurus, Mothra, Rodan, Battra, Hedorah, SpaceGodzilla, Zilla, Destoroyah, Manda, Gezora, Varan, Gorosaurus, Shockirus Devonian
Andrew Nguyen (submission)

Launching in 2013, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth is the next main comic book series for Godzilla from IDW. It picks up some times from the end of the second main series. A time of uneasy peace have ended with a huge bang as kaiju attacks occur first in Hawaii between Godzilla and Zilla. Another battle soon followed in Southern California where Godzilla battles Destoroyah with assistance from Mothra. and the beginning of a battle in China as Volume 1 wrapped up. Other engagements include Manda and Gezora destroying a US aircraft carrier and at the end of the volume, Varan appears in Beijing, China. In the midst of these kaiju clashes, a dark alien presence makes its presence felt as it attacks a military base in California near the kaiju action to steal samples of cells from Godzilla to create weapons that would allow them to conquer Earth. Amongst one of the weapons under their control is Gigan who is undergoing an upgrade to his Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) form during this volume. Thus far, in the story there are two main groups of humans, the military (whose members refer back to events in the previous main comic series) and a group of kaiju scientists. While the kaiju scientists do provide some potential interest, the immediate interesting action is with the military side as they engage the kaiju directly.

The trade paperback starts with an introduction before it tells the story that was present in the individual issues (in this case Volume 1-4). After the end of the story, there are cover art galleries and character design sketches followed by two examples of translating what is on script to the individual pages on a comic. On the covers used, the ones by the main artists (Matt Frank and Jeff Zornow) are excellent with the ones by the guest artists (Arthur Adams and Bob Eggleton) also prove excellent if not even more than that of the main artists.

With Chris Mowry and Matt Frank taking the lead on the new main series, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth shows a marked step up in quality from the previous main IDW Godzilla series. Most if not all the monsters are nearly an exact match in design although a few have brighter coloring than their movie counterparts do while a few minor design mistakes occur as well. Furthermore, in a medium different from the standard that the kaiju appear in allow them for far more range of movement and therefore more chance to witness them at their destructive best. As for the human and alien characters, they are also drawn mostly well with a good amount of detail although it does vary a bit.

In several of the pages of the comics as well as one of the covers, there are nods to the main movie series.

For reference, Volume 1 of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth deal with the first four individual issues in the series: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #1, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #2, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #3 and Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #4.