Have you ever picked up a comic book and looked at and thought: ‘This is going to be fun!” Well, Godzilla: Rage Across Time looked to be a fun one. My local comic book shop was out of the first issue by the time I got there so I had to order it online. I got the Bob Eggleton cover variant.
Unlike most of my reviews, this one has major spoilers. Stop now if you do not want spoilers.
There is no secret as to what this story arc will be: Godzilla literally rages across time. Issue #1 deals with the failed invasion of Japan by the Mongol Horde in 1274. History has that it was a typhoon that destroyed the fleet. In the comic it’s Godzilla who destroys the invading fleet.
Don’t be lulled into thinking that Godzilla defends Japan out of the goodness of his nuclear heart; not at all. There is a fantastic subplot that deals with a Samurai and a Ninja who have to undertake an epic quest to wake the defender of Japan. The pair, sworn enemies, are commanded to put aside their differences and undertake the dangerous quest. Bickering and throwing shade the whole way, they actually manage to first, find, then wake the defender of Japan. They also wake something else. That something else is Godzilla and Godzilla will suffer no rivals. Godzilla kills the defender of Japan.
This is a bit of a catastrophe for the two would be heroes, as they now have an invading army heading towards Japan and no defender to bring back to join their woefully undermanned defenses. Since they cannot fail, they hit upon a solution that is quite dangerous and possibly insane. Fortunately it works.
There are twists and turns in this comic that take what are familiar tropes and make them fresh and fun again. If issue #1 is any indication the entire run will be a fun romp through some historical, and perhaps mythological settings. I’m looking forward to issue #2. This is a must read for anyone looking for some good Godzilla monster fun.