The GeeksverseGodzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths #1

Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths #1
Published on Thursday, June 16, 2011 by

Written by: John Layman
Art by: Alberto Ponticelli
Colors: Jay Fotos
Letters: John Layman
Cover Art: A- Geoff Darrow; B- Alberto Ponticelli w/ Jay Fotos
Editor: Bobby Curnow & Chris Ryall

There’s a tiny editor’s note on the inside front cover that says this takes place in a different continuity then Godzilla: Kingdom Of Monsters. It’s an interesting way to do a series of Godzilla stories, but it makes the most sense. When you’re dealing with monsters like Godzilla and Mothra, you’re dealing with the destruction of cities. Too many monsters, too many cities destroyed and you have no more stories to write. To it makes sense that IDW’s handling of Godzilla would be a series of non-connected mini-series.

When I first heard about this I was unsure about it. I wasn’t sure how you could have a gangster story and a Godzilla story that worked together. This doesn’t work as good as I was hoping, but it does work to an extent.

It’s not a true gangster tale. The gangster part of it is just a means to an end, a means to drive the plot. It doesn’t have a gangster story feel. It’s just the thing that causes the characters to be on Monster Island and the motivation of Sato to take the Elias. But even that could have been almost anything. He needs them to clear his name and save his sons.

Beyond that though the story is decent. Layman’s plotting is excellant. The use of flashbacks, and the accompanying flashbacks, work very well. The story is more about Sato and Takahashi then it is Godzilla and Mothra. The monsters are more tools in the story then the driving force, like they are in Kingdom of Monsters.

The art is decent. Ponticelli is a gangster artist, probably why he’s on the upcoming new Punisher series, so seeing him handle the monsters is nice. He does a good job. Godzilla more then Mothra. His Mothra looks cute and cuddly and an awful lot like the Pokemon moth creature. Godzilla is lacking in the detail that helps make the character recognizable. The scales run together.

Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

Entertaining and interesting story.

One Response
    • […] The art is well done. Destruction occurs. Apparently next issue brings in the missing goliath. I defended the first issue of G:G&G #1. Overall because of the challenge that is this character I think this is a nicely wrought attempt. […]


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