“Godzilla” #1 brings what a Godzilla comic should be: fun, action packed, creative and well delivered. Duane Swierczynski manages to pack in character introductions while highlighting some Godzilla-sized carnage. If you’ve ever thought the only man capable of taking down Godzilla was Jason Statham, then you need to check out what’s happening in this issue.
It is probably important to stress, this comic doesn’t include the real Jason Statham, but be damned if lead character Boxer doesn’t share a few letters in sequence from the man’s DNA. In a change of pace, Boxer isn’t government related nor another gigantic monster. He’s just a guy with a history of violence, usually around him, and he’s the proto-Swierczynski lead. The set up is all here and I’m almost certain he’s eventually going to punch Godzilla in the face — and I’m going to love every page of it.
“Godzilla” #1 is pretty much just one massive action sequence. It feels like it has a beginning, middle and end to it while simultaneously setting up everything needed to push the narrative forward. Swierczynski manages to sneak in a few funny lines and some heartbreaking moments while pushing Boxer to commit the sorts of feats usually only available to premiere athletes and testosterone-fuelled action stars who know wire-fu. This book is a little over the top, but it’s an action comic. Godzilla doesn’t ponder, the humans don’t quip or make love, this book is about things being destroyed in exciting ways, leaving the reader smiling with a need to turn the page.
Simon Gane, for those who don’t already know of him, will surprise the hell out of you. This isn’t some knock-off licensed book with a “house style” artist working by numbers. Gane brings detail to the page you will not expect. His blocky lines fill out the world and remind you that, despite its action-movie faÃ§ade, “Godzilla” #1 is also a comic. His style brings emotion and fun — once the debris starts flying, these pages come to life.
The colors from Ronda Pattison are subdued and subtle. Despite the nighttime setting, Pattison doesn’t force herself into the scenes with flashy colors and strange choices. She dulls the palette and only pops the brightness up whenever an explosion occurs, matching the emotional beats of the story very well.
“Godzilla” #1 is one hell of a rumbling action romp. You’ll laugh a few times, you’ll pause for that brief moment as you feel bad and mostly you’ll just nod along to the beats of the destructive drum. If you dig the “Godzilla” films for what they are, then you’ll see this comic is exactly as it should be. Come along, have some fun and let the good times roll.