Godzilla Oblivion #1
Writer: Joshua Fialkov
Artist: Brian Churilla
Color Art: Jay Fotos
This week my pull list was pretty light so instead of a Tales From the Pull List I will be doing a Pick of the Week. This weeks pick is Godzilla Oblivion #1 (obviously since this the third time writing it over the span on 56 words). Starting out I will admit that I am a huge Godzilla fan I personally own 17 of his movies (Toho versions not American [of course]), in fact some of my favorite childhood memories revolve around watching Godzilla with my father. Despite all of this I have never purchased a Godzilla comic until today. Not sure why, I guess I just never got around to it. If this issue was any indication then I am missing out. The comic starts off in a lab in Tokyo. We discover that a scientist (Eli) is building a portal to another dimension. The government agency that is funding his research shows up and demands he tests it on them. Eli is uncomfortable with this idea since he literally had just finished construction on the device. the government official insists and they transport from their safe version of Tokyo to another dimension. One where Monsters are common place and Godzilla is king. Quickly realizing their mistake they try to make it back to their portal and close it but as they pass through it another entity crosses with them, and his name is Ghidorah, King Ghidorah. The pacing of the story is excellent as Fialkov does a good job separating his time between character development, world building, and action sequences. There are just enough monsters to really wet my appetite for more, and the end page with a massive King Ghidorah was a great way to end the issue. The artwork by Churilla was spectacular and really gave the feeling of experiencing two seperate dimensions. The scratchiness of the background really added to the experience of a world dominated by monsters. Churilla also has a knack for drawing facial expressions that look natural but also are very expressive and intricate. The color art by Fotos did a great job highlighting the differences between the two Tokyo’s. The color on the power blasts from the Monsters was especially impressive. All in all a fantastic start to a compelling series and I can’t wait to pick up the next issue. Rating 8/10
In the gallery at the bottom I have included a couple of the variant covers.