Godzilla: Cataclysm reaches its penultimate issue. An epic battle, intriguing flashbacks, and great monologue is abound in what is definitely the best issue yet!
The official description from IDW:
An epic battle between Godzilla and Mothra could determine the fate of humanity. Hiroshi must confront the fears he’s kept secret for so long. Will a desperate act be enough to save Hiroshi’s family?
If it’s one thing to be said about Godzilla: Cataclysm, it’s that it has perhaps the most interesting backstory as a foundation. This issue goes into detail about what exactly caused the cataclysm, and it’s pretty interesting stuff. In the present day Godzilla battles Mothra for the life of Biollante. No matter how many times these two fight, somehow it never gets old. The conclusion is the next installment, which is a shame because with this issue such an engaging mythos is finally established!
Cullen Bunn writes a fantastic everything in this issue. While the characters left a little to be desired for in previous issues, here everyone is improved. Hiroshi’s monologue as he reflects on the mistake he and and his fellow people made is interesting and brings up the overall grim tone of the series. The flashbacks in general might just be the best part. Never in a Godzilla comic has a monster Armageddon seemed so brutal. (I wouldn’t mind if there was a bonus issue just dedicated to it.) In present day, Godzilla battles Mothra in what is another great fight between the two. Godzilla’s role is further expanded upon, which is great. If he’s going to be an antagonist, it’s always nice to see some reason given to why he’s doing what he does.
Dave Wachter‘s art is also improved. No longer do the monsters or anything look on the dull side. (Even the humans look better.) The flashbacks look appropriately grim, and the monsters appear fantastic. (Battra in particular looks nicely demonic.) The main cover by Wachter is alright, but probably the least exciting Godzilla comic cover of all time. The RI by Bob Eggleton however is a beautiful rendition of Godzilla and Mothra, definitely the one to pick up.
Overall, a fantastic comic. The writing, art, and battles are all A+. Godzilla: Cataclysm has turned into one of the most memorable Godzilla comics. With the exciting cliffhanger, it might go down as the most memorable.