Godzilla #1: Back For More

The master of disaster returns in a new series that feels a lot like the last series.

Andy Hunsakerby Andy Hunsaker

Godzilla #1

While it's not clear whether or not writer Duane Swierczynski's new Godzilla #1 takes place in the same timeline as Eric Powell & Tracy Marsh's Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters, it's certainly implied that the great beasts have visited and destroyed the surface world at least once before they start doing it again here. Humankind was trying for renewal, but giant spiders are crushing churches and Godzilla is attacking Washington D.C. again, forcing a couple of career soldiers to try and do something about it.

Most of this first issue focuses on a man named Boxer, a legendary soldier and current bodyguard to the teen daughter of a billionaire – partly out of a sense of guilt for losing his own daughter in a previous attack – who scrambles to find a way out of a high rise building that's just been slammed into by the mighty Gojira. The escape is pretty intense, his charge is pretty bratty, but when he manages to succeed only to run into disaster at the hands of a crappy homespun militia, he decides that the world doesn't know what the hell it's doing about these big bastards. So he's gonna try to put something together himself to go after the monsters. Historically, not a great plan.

I'm a fan of Godzilla in general, and so I suppose I can't really complain that this issue feels a little rehashed. It's Godzilla, there are going to be a set of constants. Swiercynzski does a solid job in setting up Boxer as a character we like, though – a Jason Statham type who we actually stand a chance of rooting for against our fiery lizard hero. The art from Simon Gane takes a little getting used to, as it's got some abstract unsteady quality to it and his Godzilla is almost a Weeble with his thunder-thighs, but it's solid enough to get the job done.

In the end, Godzilla #1 doesn't do much to blow us away, but it's certainly teeing up for what could be a compelling Sisyphean effort on the part of the most rugged of humankind against the unstoppable tide of destruction.