Godzilla Volume 3

Godzilla Volume 3
Godzilla Volume 3 review
  • North American Publisher / ISBN: IDW - 978-1-61377-658-2
  • Volume No.: 3
  • Release date: 2013
  • UPC: 9781613776582
  • Contains adult content?: no
  • Does this pass the Bechdel test?: no
  • Positive minority portrayal?: no

Although Godzilla’s theoretically the star of this series, almost everything is seen from the viewpoint of Boxer, former British Special Forces soldier who’s so far had a good track record of dealing with giant monsters. However, the big revelation ending Volume 2 was that perhaps the monsters were misunderstood, despite their causing death and destruction as they rampaged through cities across the Earth. Boxer has come round to that viewpoint as several more giant monsters have dropped from the atmosphere.

While Duane Swierczynski and Simon Gane have supplied the full menu of thrills over the past two volumes, here’s where we finally have page after page of full on monster vs. monster action, and Gane delivers it astonishingly well. His cartoon versions are every bit as terrifying as the screen monsters, and his layouts frame the sheer power on show.

As for Boxer, he’s picked up a new ally who’s ideal for the changed circumstances of perhaps Godzilla and the existing monsters being protective devices rather than threats. If you’ve thought things have moved fast before, then you ain’t seen nothing yet. It’s a rocket-paced race to a finish that perhaps could have taken a little more space for processing, but that’s just a minor quibble to what’s been fantastic entertainment all the way through.

Actually, seeing as quality is guaranteed if you’re a Godzilla fan, why not just pick up the entire story in the single volume. It’s available as either History’s Greatest Monster, or as the third volume in IDW’s Godzilla Library Collection.