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Full of exciting monster mayhem, GODZILLA: GANGSTERS &
GOLIATHS #3 (IDW Publishing) pits the unstoppable monster icon against a
hard-boiled cop, trigger-happy gangsters and a power-obsessed crime lord.
Framed for a murder he didn’t commit, an innocent detective has brought back
Mothra with him from Monster Island and intends to take back Tokyo from mob
The last time Tokyo was attacked by a monster, Officer
Makoto Sato was patrolling the streets, blocking civilians from entering the
crime scene. As a warning, Sato raised his fist and fired a bullet into the
air, preventing anyone from passing him. With all the mayhem going around, he
was trying to keep his family safe. The job always came first to him, instead
of his family. This is why Detective Sato now has a difficult time reasoning
with his teenage son, Jiro.
The crime lord Takahashi used Sato’s gun in the murder of
Sato’s partner. Now wanted by the police and gangsters, Sato is banished from
his homeland, never to return. Takahashi’s henchmen sent him straight to
Monster Island and forgot about him for five years. Growing up without his
father, Jiro sadly believed in the lies and became convinced his father did
kill his partner.
Mothra has suddenly shown up again, this time destroying
cargo ships and sinking shipping containers. Only Sato knows that those are
really smuggling ships and containers carrying guns and drugs. Sato is directly
sending a message to Takahashi, declaring war against him. And while Sato
orders Mothra to do his bidding, Godzilla is very close by, rising from the
Focusing heavily on the father/son drama, author and
letterer John Layman offers readers a solemn glimpse into Sato’s personal life.
As the story jumps back and forth in time, Sato reveals that he was always
thinking of his family first, even though he didn’t know how to actually show
it. He has returned home to a world that has forgotten about him and to a
family that has changed.
Artist Alberto Ponticelli does a good job of capturing the
menacing, destructive force of Mothra as well as the father/son dilemma. Even
though there are monsters fighting in the background, Ponticelli keeps the
close-ups tightly on Jiro and Sato’s angry faces during their heated
discussions. And the colors by Jay Fotos heighten Mothra’s attacks with a
lively yellow hue. GODZILLA: GANGSTERS & GOLIATHS #3 is an undeniably
exciting issue. Readers will have a tremendously enjoyable romp with this
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