HNN contributor, Anna Greenberg had a chance to read IDW’s Godzilla Cataclysm #2. Read her thoughts on the book below.
Review by: Anna Greenberg
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Dave Wachter
Release Date: September 17, 2014
Rating: 5 out of 10
Synopsis: An angry Godzilla returns to do battle once again! With Biollante and Mothra awakening both fears and hopes in humanity, only Hiroshi has a glimpse at the terrible truth! Will his village survive the monsters terrible onslaught?
Our Thoughts: Godzilla: Cataclysm #2 hits one of the classic monster comic pitfalls: it focuses almost entirely on the humans. The beleaguered citizens of the post-Cataclysm world are engaged in completely stereotypical post-apocalyptic activity. They scavenge for food, they get into squabbles with each other, and they try to construct safe houses. You could read about these people in almost any zombie/nuclear war/random apocalypse book. When Godzilla & Co. show up, they naturally steal the spotlight and beat the glowing monster snot out of each other.
Cullen Bunn’s spoken dialogue seems forced in places, harshly contradicting the flowing narration. Naturally the monster dialogue is perfect, including gems such as ‘KREE-AAAK’ and ‘SKKRRRRNNK’
This book’s saving grace is Dave Wachter’s art. The main portions of the book are sepia tinted and simply lined, with minimalist backgrounds. When the monsters show up, they POP. All the kaiju are incredibly detailed, richly textured, and fully colored. Mothra trails glittering dust behind her, and it is gorgeous. When Godzilla breaks out his Atomic Breath, it dominates the page.
In conclusion, this is not a comic that will make you rampage through the aisles of your local comic book store to get the next issue. However, if you love beautiful kaiju and don’t care how many boring humans you have to read about to see them, then you will enjoy Godzilla Cataclysm #2.