Title
 Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Volume #6
Author(s)
 Chris Mowry
Pencils: Matt Frank / Jeff Zornow Inks: Matt Frank / Jeff Zornow
Language: English Release: 2015
Publisher: IDW Publishing Pages: 148
Colors: Priscilla Tramontano Cover: Matt Frank
  Order
Monster Appearances: Aliens, SDF, & Misc Appearances:
Godzilla, Trilopods, Magita, King Caesar, Kiryu, Moguera, Kamacuras, Baragon, Titanosaurus, Jet Jaguar, Zilla, Gigan, Rodan, Anguirus, Sanda, Gaira, Gorosaurus, Kamoebas, Varan, Kumonga, Mechagodzilla, Mothra, Battra, SpaceGodzilla Cryog, Shobijin, Super-X, Ra, Type 66 Maser Beam Tank, ASTOL-MB93, Oxygen Destroyer
Comments
Anthony Romero

This is it: the final volume in the Chris Mowry's Godzilla: Rulers of Earth. The longest running of any of Godzilla comic, besting the past record held by Marvel Comics on the title character. This trade paperback covers the "Trilopods saga", featuring an all new alien race that goes against Toho's familiar canon of characters. The trade features stellar artwork by Matt Frank, with some issues done by Jeff Zornow.

Before diving in, for reference, this graphic novel covers the following comics: Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #21, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #22, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #23, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #24 and Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #25.

The story of the graphic novels actually picks up after the Trilopods have already been introduced. While the monsters were teased back in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #19, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #20 was their first major foray in the series, and one of the better issues in the run. The plot kicks off on Monster Island, with the Trilopods attacking the monsters there. While the earth kaiju are out matched, in Los Angeles Godzilla and SpaceGodzilla face off against Trilopods of their own, having to forge an uneasy alliance against them.

As a trade, my main complaint is that the starting point doesn't feel that great. You'll want to have read the previous two issues, as this one leaps into what they had started. That complaint aside, this graphic novel focuses on the rather strong story arc of the Trilopods. It's almost non-stop action, delivering on the popcorn entertainment thrills that Mowry excels at. The artwork by Matt Frank is also stellar. The King Caesar vs Battra portion is fantastic, showing a unique battle and amazingly consistent artwork from Frank. This run does include some artwork from Jeff Zornow as well. This includes the introduction issue and also portions of the climax issue. Zornow does some good work, but isn't quite as consistent and the these portions don't quite feel as strong as the Frank ones do.

The trade finishes out with some concept art related to the series. This includes concepts for the Trilopods, some used and some unused. This includes concepts for Magita, who at this early stage was called "Trilogod: King of the Trilopods". Some of the fusion artwork is shown as well, with stuff like the Trilopod/Kumonga Hybrid looking very awesome here. Alternate sketches for the covers are also found in this segment. This includes one for the final issue which had Megaguirus on the cover, before being swapped out for Titanosaurus, Varan and Kamoebas in that spot. As a side note, this would mark the second time the queen of the Meganulon missed out, with the first occasion being Godzilla #9 where she got swapped out for Monster X on the variant cover.

Overall, if you didn't get this in individual issue format, the trade is well worth your money and an enjoyable, action filled romp with a huge cast of Toho monsters.