Review: Godzilla Dominion
I have loved Godzilla for as long as I can remember. As a kid I was drawn to Godzilla because he is the perfect mix of dinosaur and monster. As an adult, I appreciate the social and historical commentary often applied to Godzilla stories and films. As big a fan as I am, I’ve fallen behind on the more recent Godzilla remakes. I just haven’t had the time or the funds to see the newest movies. I’m hoping to change that, and the first step is reviewing Godzilla Dominion.
Published by Legendary Comics, Godzilla Dominion is an original graphic novel due out on March 30th. Written by Greg Keyes, the story is follow-up to the 2019 film “Godzilla: King of Monsters.” It is also a prelude to the upcoming movie “Godzilla vs. Kong.” I’ve already reviewed the King Kong tie-in comic Kingdom Kong; now it’s time to jump into Godzilla Dominion.
The plot unfolds entirely through narration and no in-scene dialogue is used. The narrative text is artfully written in a beautiful prose. The story is told from Godzilla’s perspective and drawn from a third-person perspective so that the reader can take in all the action. Although there are plenty of fight scenes, my favorite parts of this graphic novel were the moments of reflection upon Godzilla’s life and history. Keyes does an amazing job of imagining Godzilla as an actual living creature and not solely a freak of nature. He really gets inside Godzilla’s head and gives the reader a sense of what life must be like for the apex predator.
Artist Drew Edward Johnson draws Godzilla with a great sense of scale and scope, though I wish the depth of the ocean was communicated a little better. It always bugs me to see Godzilla swimming while completely immersed in water one minute and then suddenly standing in that same water moments later. Godzilla is expertly drawn, especially when he’s the only character in a panel. There are many full-page splashes and two-page spreads that truly showcase Godzilla’s elegant ferocity. Unfortunately, in many of the action scenes it is very hard to tell what is going on. Godzilla’s opponents and their actions become unclear, making it hard to follow the fight sequences. Unexpected changes in perspective between connected panels further confuse the imagery.
Those who haven’t seen the movie “Godzilla: King of Monsters” shouldn’t be worried. You don’t need knowledge of that film to enjoy Godzilla Dominion. There’s plenty of action in this original graphic novel but the main draw is the focus on Godzilla himself. Within the pages of this book is a very well-done character study that casts Godzilla in a new light. The art isn’t perfect but still manages to hit a lot of high notes while shining a spotlight on Godzilla. Godzilla Dominion is an incredibly unique book and well worth the time of both casual and longtime fans of kaiju films and comics.
Story: Greg Keyes Art: Drew Edward Johnson
Story: 10 Art: 7.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
Legendary Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review