COMIC BOOK REVIEW: GODZILLA CATACLYSM / AUTHOR: DAVE WACHTER / ARTIST: CULLEN BUNN / PUBLISHER: IDW / RELEASE DATE: MARCH 31ST
A post-apocalyptic tale featuring the mighty Godzilla is such an obvious premise it’s a bit of a surprise that they haven’t based a movie on it. Godzilla Cataclysm is a comic-strip tale set in a world where the age of man has been stomped into the ground by the giant scaly foot of Godzilla during an epic battle involving all the Kaiju.
The few tribes of mankind that remain scrape by in the ruins of ancient cities. The monsters have left, leaving the survivors with little but rags and sorrow. Humanity has taken to mythologizing the events, some worshipping the Kaiju as if they were gods. A scavenging team encounters unusual plant growth during a trip to what remains of Tokyo, and mayhem ensues as the group discovers not only something that may redeem the human race, but also find out first hand that the Kaiju have returned.
Writer Dave Wachter creates a whole world using very little; the tragedy of the main characters, their hubris, and the horror of the world made by man and monster is all laid bare with some very simple storytelling strokes. The human element exists to frame the epic monster-on-monster action, just like all good Godzilla stories do. Cullen Bunn’s artwork is nothing short of beautiful here; a careful blend of art styles pays homage to all thing Godzilla and he draws radiation-spewing terrors rather well.
Its main problem, like most visual treats, is that it’s rather short. Once we get into the meat of the action things go very quickly and all too soon it’s over. It’s a complete story and of itself, but we’d love to see what happens next to the survivors of the Cataclysm.
The book does go completely nuts with the Kaiju; expect to see almost all of your favourites, even the likes of Biollante and Destoroyah get to show up and do their thing, and Bunn draws each of these creatures in loving detail. If the idea of a world in which huge monsters use the remains of modern civilisation as their sandpit makes you grin, then you’ll definitely get a kick out of Godzilla Cataclysm.
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