COMIC REVIEW: Godzilla: Cataclysm #1

In the 60th anniversary year of the most famous of Kaiju, IDW begin a new series of Godzilla comics, focussing on the after-effects of a world decimated by giant monsters.

Writer and artist team, Cullen Bunn and Dave Wachter, open our story on the elderly Hiroshi, living in a rat infested shanty town twenty years after the great monsters caused terrible destruction worldwide, then simply vanished. Hiroshi’s narration compares the Kaiju to mighty Gods and an almost Biblical imagining of the apocalypse is rendered beautifully in the artwork. The opening panels are just breathtaking, and Wachter’s artwork shows in deep fiery reds the sheer force of the beasts in their all-out war against one another.

The colours then change to a more depressing grey as we see just how much the epic monster smack-down has affected humanity. The story switches from Hiroshi to his grandson Arata and his friend Shiori as they go into the ruins of the nearest city on a supply run. If you have any knowledge of post-apocalyptic fiction then you’ll know that supply runs almost never end well. The monsters may have gone but there are many other horrors lurking in the shadows.

Like the recent film, Bunn has chosen to focus his narrative on the human story at the centre of the chaos. At the moment though, the character development is very slight, and it puts you in mind of a set of expendable characters present in a creature-feature movie prologue; the type of people only there to be monster foot-fodder before we move on to our main cast.

The cliffhanger is, for want of a better term, the money-shot and seems to be following the route of most Godzilla stories by making big G the hero of the piece.

This is a fun issue, big on spectacle but a bit too thin on characterisation for me. However, if you like your Kaiju simply smacking down everything in their path then this is for you.

GS Rating: 3/5
GS Blogger: Matt Davis  @DecadentGent

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