Review – Godzilla: Monsters and Protectors #1
Erik Burnham: Author
Dan Schoening: Artist, Cover Artist
Luis Antonio Delgado: Colourist
Published by: IDW Publishing
Available: April 2021
Godzilla roars back into comics with a giant-sized first issue! Extra story and extra content mark the King of Monsters’ triumphant return! Reuniting the blockbuster creative team of writer Erik Burnham, artist Dan Schoening, and colourist Luis Antonio Delgado (Ghostbusters), Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors promises to romp and stomp fans–old and new! So let’s celebrate the greatest kaiju ever like never before!
This team is solid with hits like IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters crossover and Ghostbusters: Year One series already fan favourites.
Up from the depths, 30 stories high, breathing fire, his head is in the sky… GODZILLA! GODZILLA! As a child of the 80s, I used to love the goofy Saturday morning cartoon. 2021 seems to be the year of the King of Monsters with a box office smashing Godzilla vs Kong and the launch by IDW of their new Godzilla: Monsters and Protectors series!
Thankfully the new series does not include the Scrappy Doo of monsters Godzuki (yet) and it was worth the wait to read!
Rise Up! Part 1: When a coldly single-minded businessman uses an untested element to create clean energy for a profit, he inadvertently awakens the beast from the deep Godzilla! Sensing the harm the new energy poses to the planet, Godzilla attacks the heart of the problem humankind! It will be up to three intrepid middle-school students—with a little magic help from Infant Island to show Godzilla that not all humans are bad… and that there is still hope for Planet Earth.
Burnham engages well with the TikTok generation using the new main character Cedric Nishimura to narrate the story from his point of view. With five years passing since we had a Godzilla comic so this fresh take is interesting to see if it will pay off.
The light, visual graphics and pages draw in the younger readers well and it does have that kind of Saturday Morning cartoon feel. Artist Dan Schoening, and colourist Luis Antonio Delgado effortlessly bring energy mixing 50s, 70s and modern Godzilla!
The action is paced well and the violence and damage are appropriate to the age of the expected readers. This is a breezy 37-page comic that 8-12-year-olds can share with each other.
I really liked this climate-based story with Godzilla acting as the planets immune system and humanity as the virus. For kids keen to see more environmental stories in comics this is a good read.
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