Godzilla: Rage Across Time by Ulises FarinasThis is said to be the last Godzilla comic by IDW. Details on why remain a mystery to me at the moment. After the ongoing run that went from Kingdom of Monsters to History’s Greatest Monster and finally the wonderful Rulers of Earth, IDW’s Godzilla has been relegated to 5 issue miniseries treatments. Some good (Cataclysm), some middle of the road (In Hell), and some bad (Oblivion). Rage Across Time is another mini, taking Godzilla through history in five shorts that are connected only by the thinnest of narrative threads as a modern scientist detects the clues on how kaiju shapes Earth’s history. The mini gathers some of IDW’s regular Godzilla talents like Matt Frank, Jeff Zornow, and Chris Mowry, while also introducing some new names, most notably Project Nemesis author Jeremy Robinson.
Part 1 is set in Feudal Japan. Drawn by Matt Frank with extra flair in a style akin to traditional Japanese art, this is not only the best looking piece in the book, it’s one of the coolest collections of Godzilla art I’ve seen. So dang cool. The writing by Jeremy Robinson is solid, too, telling the story of two rival Japanese warriors who awaken Godzilla when the country is under attack by Mongolian invaders.
Part 2 is set in Ancient Greece, complete with Greek Gods like Zeus hanging out atop Mount Olympus. This sounds kinda silly but it surprised me by how much fun it is, and how much they were able to mine from the basic idea. In the story, Godzilla rises from the depths as a new devil to challenge the old gods. It’s a fine mix of fantasy with the Godzilla brand and works surprisingly well.
Part 3 is England during the Black Plague. Knights seeking to cure the plague meet the ‘dragons’ Megaguirus and Mothra. No Godzilla this time. It’s a decent chapter, but more than any of the others it is hurt by being too short. Allowed time to tell more of a story with deeper character work, this could’ve been really interesting and clever. It’s just too short to do the concept justice.
Part 4 is about Hannibal the Conqueror using the angry Godzilla in his fight against Rome. This one didn’t work for me. The storytelling is kind of hard to follow and the art makes it feel like Disney’s adaptation of 300.
Part 5 takes us all the way back to the Cretaceous Period. Jeff Zornow provides some badass art as the kaiju do battle with dinosaurs underfoot. The chapter is decidedly more sci-fi than you’d expect, but I shall not spoil how and why here. It’s a fun final chapter.
Like all of IDW’s Godzilla miniseries, Rage Across Time has its share of ups and downs, making for an enjoyable but uneven book. It’s sad that this appears to be IDW’s last hurrah with Godzilla. It’s been fun.
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