Another arc comes to a close in this epic issue of Rulers of Earth. Besides having a grand climax, does it satisfy in all other departments? Let’s find out!
Here’s the official description from IDW:
Godzilla comes face-to-face with his deadliest opponent yet! The end game of the series most conniving foe reaches its zenith. Will Godzilla be able to survive the day? And will the Earth want him to? The stunning climax to this four-part story is here.
Mecha-King Ghidorah has always been a popular character, especially in North America. His appearance in the film (Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah) was pretty mediocre, but it’s the concept people like. A three-headed dragon is great, but a mechanical one? It’s a pretty awesome concept that has sadly never been revisited aside from video games. This comic gives him a proper fight, and some much needed personality since he was completely controlled in his film appearance. The issue provides a nice conclusion to the arc. There are a couple of disappointments which I will address soon, but overall it’s pretty fun!
Chris Mowry wraps up the story in a satisfying fashion. The human characters take a backseat, which is appropriate since we’re dealing with a Godzilla/Ghidorah fight. Mechagodzilla is reduced to cannon fodder, which is definitely a disappointment. It wasn’t too long ago when he was hyped as Godzilla’s greatest adversary yet, but by this issue he’s turned into maybe G’s weakest. The description touts Mecha-King Ghidorah as “his deadliest opponent yet,” but the reader doesn’t quite get that feel. Both Keizer Ghidorah and Destoroyah have proven to be far deadlier. Putting those two things to the side, the issue still remains a fun and exciting read. Anguirus is a definitely a highlight; there’s one scene in the final battle involving him and Godzilla that will get fans cheering and laughing. Sadly, the Battra twins are kinda wasted. Unless they appear again, it seems like they were brought back for nothing.
Matt Frank’s art is great, as usual. The monster that truly shines through it is Anguirus. It’s amazing how the art can differentiate the diverse personalities of the monsters. Jeff Zornow’s portion of the art is only okay. Steven Woods is drawn rather strange; if it wasn’t for the context of the story it would be nearly impossible to tell who he was. The main cover by Frank showcases a battle-ravaged Godzilla amongst defeated Mechagodzilla’s and the Battera twins as the backdrop. Not a bad piece, but one of the more unmemorable covers.The RI by Jeff Zornow is the clear winner, showcasing a fantastic shot of Mecha-King Ghidorah battling G and Anguirus.
Overall, amidst some disappointments with the antagonist monsters, the 16th installment of Rulers of Earth is a fun comic. The battle is a mega highlight, which is mainly thanks to the fun tag team of Godzilla and Anguirus. The next issue starts a new arc, so now would be a good time to jump on if you haven’t been reading!