Review: Godzilla #1

23 May

Writer Duane Swierczynski, Artist Simon Gane, Colorist Rhonda Pattison

Release Date: May 23, 2012

Let me tell you straight up, I REALLY LIKED this story and more than I thought I would.  This could have been handled simply as a fluffy action piece riding off the popularity of the enormous pop icon. Instead it goes way deeper, as we meet “Urv” on what is supposed to be the happiest day of his life and the soldier named “Boxer” as he attempts to make breakfast.  With Godzilla there is always a risk of campiness as gigantic movie monsters shriek and battle their way across the page.  Swierczynski and Gane do a nice job of making into something more.

First of all, a gay wedding in Mexico City is quietly slipped in for this story’s setup. DC and Marvel have grabbed all the attention lately with news about their gay characters, but I like how this is done, naturally with no fanfare.  (There will hopefully come a time when such things make no difference, but I digress…)  There’s more little twists in the dialogue that make it a fun read.  Swierczynski uses narrative captions extensively and gracefully – I thought they married very nicely with the distinctive artwork by Gane.  Licensed comics can be dreadful crap – this is an intelligent effort, and with Gane’s artwork, one that even hipsters would appreciate.

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