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GODZILLA: GANGSTERS AND
GOLIATHS #1 (IDW Publishing) awesomely pits the unstoppable monster icon against a
hard-boiled cop and trigger-happy thugs.
Framed for murder, innocent detective
Sato unwillingly finds himself stranded on Monster Island. With no food and
water, the detective has to survive by himself in the jungle, while on the run from
a crime lord’s henchmen. Then, in the middle of the shootout, they
unfortunately wake up Godzilla from his slumber.
Focusing on the crime drama aspects, author and letterer John Layman (CHEW) creates a gritty
detective story… with monsters in it. At his best, Layman cleverly jumps back
and forth in time, to tell Sato’s narrative; something the author will hopefully
keep in future issues. Interestingly, Takahashi’s henchmen take Monster Island
very seriously and have the utmost respect for Godzilla.
Artist Alberto Ponticelli
(UNKNOWN SOLDIER) captures the menacing atmosphere of Monster Island with the
street vibe of a police procedural and brings crime lord, Takahashi’s menacing façade
to life with a scarred face and one eye.
Who knew crime and
monsters would fit so perfectly together? But GODZILLA: GANGSTERS AND GOLIATHS
#1 is undeniably enjoyable from beginning to end.
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