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GODZILLA: HISTORY’S GREATEST MONSTER trade paperback review – Biggest of them All (Swierczynski, Gane, Wachter, Pattison, Eggleton) IDW Publishing

Thanks to IDW Publishing for the review copy!

With the recent reveal of the GODZILLA VS KONG movie trailer, it is the perfect time to check out GODZILLA: HISTORY’S GREATEST MONSTER. In keeping with its titular namesake, GODZILLA: HISTORY’S GREATEST MONSTER is huge. Clocking in at 330 pages, this volume compiles IDW’s GODZILLA issues 1-13. Much like the movies, Godzilla and his monsters are viewed both as the bad guys and the heroes of the story. In another similarity to the movies, the comic’s focus is squarely on a group of humans who are trying to stop him. In this case, the humans are a mercenary group of monster killers led by a guy named Boxer who reminds me a lot of Jason Statham.

The plot can be a bit over the top, but it makes for a breezy fun read if you can avoid asking too many questions (Like how a small group of outcasts gets their hands on so much weaponry, how they don’t all die when a building falls on them, and how society is even functioning when pretty much every major city gets destroyed). Godzilla is at its core, a fun excuse to see a bunch of landmarks get smashed, and this series leans into that. It also doesn’t skimp on the other fan favorite monsters, including (but not limited to) Mothra, Mechagodzilla, and Rodan

The action and destruction are the strong points of the art. Buildings collapse and things blow up. Godzilla’s trademark shriek is rendered with a vivid “Skreeee-Onnnnk!” While there is plenty of mayhem and death, most of the dying occurs off page, keeping the blood to a minimum. I’d say if your children are old enough to enjoy the movies, they can handle this book.


Are you going to pick up the book? Have you already? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter!

Darren Shulman
Darren Shulman
Darren is a professional lawyer and amateur movie/comic/TV reviewer who is lucky enough to have found a wife who is into the same geeky things he is. Darren has been making the trip from Ohio to San Diego Comic-Con since 2009. Other interests include, in no particular order: monkeys, LEGO, dinosaurs, and playing basketball poorly.

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