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This weekend saw the release of the new Godzilla movie, and though the reviews have been somewhat mixed (though mostly positive), the box office has been gigantic. The movie featured the world’s most beloved irradiated lizard monster had the biggest opening of the year, topping $100 million. So there is clearly a renewed interest in the character, which is good news for IDW Publishing. The company is releasing a five-issue mini-series called Godzilla: Cataclysm.
The story in Godzilla: Cataclysm will be self-contained but figured to be epic, with a lot of destruction and monsters. It is being written by Cullen Bunn (Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Spider-Man: Season One, The Sixth Gun) and illustrated by Dave Wachter (Night of 1,000 Wolves). Regarding the plot of Godzilla: Cataclysm, IDW has released this description: “In the ashes of a nightmarish future, an elder tribe leader, Hiroshi, is haunted by the monsters of the past that nearly wiped out mankind. As danger begins to escalate for his tribe, the memories of the pat may well be the key to saving the future.”
Godzilla: Cataclysm joins the on-going IDW comic book featuring Godzilla called Godzilla: Rulers of Earth. That series is up to issue #11 and there are two trade paperbacks of the series available. The series is currently being written by Chris Mowry with art by Matt Frank. There have been previous Godzilla mini-series as well, such as the Godzilla: the Half-Century War, which was written and drawn by James Stokoe and published by IDW in 2012.
It’s fitting that the new movie and mini-series are set for 2014, which is the 60th anniversary of Godzilla. With the movie reinvigorating the Godzilla franchise, it’s possible that in addition to Godzilla: Cataclysm and Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, we’ll see more comic book stories about Godzilla in the near future. I wouldn’t, however, hold my breath for a series about Godzooky.