(W) Duane Swierczynski (A) Simon Gane, Dave Wachter (CA) Bob Eggleton In Shops: Jan 27, 2021 SRP: $29.99
Cities, special forces teams, and a legion of Kaiju are no match for… History’s Greatest Monster!
Godzilla continues to destroy cities and lives all over the world and ex-special forces tough guy Boxer is a man with a grudge who vows to end the terror of Godzilla-no matter what! He assembles a topnotch team to take him and the other monsters down at $7 billion a bounty. Collects the complete 13-issue series.
Move over dinosaurs… monsters used to rule the planet! Travel to different time periods to examine the origin of myths that fueled nightmares! Feudal Japan, ancient Greece, medieval England, classic Rome, and The Cretaceous by a multitude of today’s best creators! Includes work by Ulises Farinas, Erick Freitas, Chris Mowry, Ryan Ferrier, Matt Frank, Tadd Galusha, Jeff Zornow, and more!
Jeremy Robinson & Matt Frank (w) • Matt Frank (a) • Bob Eggleton (c)
Move over dinosaurs… monsters used to rule the planet! Travel to different time periods to examine the origin of myths that fueled nightmares! In this first installment, Godzilla brings his terror to feudal Japan!
At their first ever WonderCon panel, American Gothic Press took the stage and talked about their first year they’ve had with titles like Gunsuits, Broken Moon, Project Nemesis, Monster World, and the more recent success in Irwin Allen’s Lost in Space: The Lost Adventures.
The discussion then focused on the upcoming action title Killbox, with writer Tom Riordan and artist Nathan Gooden on hand to talk about the process and the decision to keep the comic in black and white. They revealed the cover of the upcoming third issue (see below). The comic drops April 20, 2016.
After Killbox, the conversation switched to Lost in Space, with discussion of both the current story arc “The Curious Galactics” and the upcoming “Malice in Wonderland” (LOST IN SPACE #4-6). It was announced that colorist and cover artist Patrick McEvoy will be taking over art duties for the second arc.
The discussion then focused on the upcoming Tales From the Ackermansion Kickstarter launching in May. To celebrate Forrest J Ackerman’s 100th birthday later this year, Famous Monsters of Filmland is putting together a graphic anthology to honor their founder. The list of contributors so far includes Kirk Hammett, Ray Fawkes, John 5, Richard Christian Matheson, Dan DiDio, Matt Frank, Christian DiBari, Charlie Benante, Juan Ferreyra, Darick Robertson, Bob Eggleton, Ben Meares, David Weiner, Holly Interlandi, Joe Moe, Adam Egypt Mortimer, Travis Williams, Dave Kelly, Trevor Goring, Buzz Dixon, Mark L. Miller, Jim Terry, Jonathan La Mantia, Lara Antal, Victoria Lau, and Patrick McEvoy.
Looking towards the future, the cover for Island 731 by Jeremy Robinson and Kane Gilmour was debuted, illustrated by Jeff Zornow. The first issue solicits in May 2016.
Gunsuits will return later this year with Gunsuits: Alix, a one-shot with Philip Kim, Holly Interlandi, and Dennis Calero as the creative team.
Finally, it was announced that Broken Moon will also be returning, with Nat Jones returning on art duties. The cover was shown, featuring a sinister looking Gill-Creature.
by Jeremy Robinson and Matt Frank with incentive covers by Bob Eggleton
Investigation leads to Hudson and Collins learning of Nemesis’ origin: Maigo Tilly, a murdered young girl whose history might give clues to where Nemesis will strike next. As the evidence mounts, the monster takes to the ocean—and Beverly Harbor, Hudson’s own stomping ground!
Growing up I used to consume everything pop culture as if they were going out of style. I remember coming home after school, to watch Black Belt Theatre, where I would find out about the different types of Kung-Fu and we decried the Japanese as evil, to the Chinese, thanks to Bruce Lee’s Fists of Fury. I remember my opinion changing once I started to watch samurai movies and Kaiju movies. Especially Kaiju movies, the one where Godzilla battled every monster imagined.
At first, when I did watch the movies I wondered why the Japanese military couldn’t defeat any of the kaiju as they wreaked havoc throughout the cities knocking down buildings at will, and with humans narrowly escaping death. Then the movies has us rooting for Godzilla to defeat the other kaiju and it would not belong before they started to make the movies seem more like a franchise then standalone movies.AS I dare anyone to remember the silly but fun movie, Son of Godzilla. Eventually they would pit him against King Kong, which where the movies really got interesting.
IDW has decidedly wanted to continue Godzilla’s adventures in a way that he had not been tested before. The Kaiju has entered the Underworld, as he faces his own “game of death’, in Hell. He reacts to each challenge much like how he did in the movies. By story’s end, you have a battle tested kaiju , one who has faced a 1,000 battles, and one whose victory was earned.
Overall, an interesting story, which could have been pedestrian in lesser hands, but comes off much like Milton’sParadise Lost, but with Kaiju. The story by James Stokoe, delivers in spades, a killer story. The art by the various illustrators, makes each issue collected a true treat. Altogether, a fun story, that should not be underestimated, as simple smash and grab, but definitely is on the level Vaughn’s Pride of Babylon.
Story: James Stokoe Art: Bob Eggleton, Buster Moody, Ibrahim Moustafa, Dave Wachter Story: 9.4 Art: 9.2 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy
IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
American Gothic Press is partnering with ComicsPRO for the first annual Local Comic Shop Day. The event, scheduled for November 28, 2015 at participating stores, has been publicized by ComicsPRO as a way to celebrate and appreciate independent comic shops for their donations to pop culture. Many publishers, including Marvel, BOOM!, Image, Oni, Black Mask, IDW, and Archie will be providing exclusive items for shops participating in the event.
American Gothic Press has created an exclusive Local Comic Shop Day cover by Jorge Marrero and Jenn Pham for Project Nemesis #2, depicting the kaiju Nemesis crushing a helicopter in all her sinister glory.
Project Nemesis is a six-issue adaptation of the bestselling novel by Jeremy Robinson, with art by Matt Frank and incentive covers by Bob Eggleton. The story tells of a government experiment in Maine gone horribly wrong that gives rise to a massive monster, Nemesis, who proceeds to terrorize New England. Issue #2 picks up the cliffhanger from the series debut and brings even more intensity to Jon Hudson and Ashley Collins’ hunt for whatever is killing scores of people on the East Coast.
Final order cutoff for Local Comic Shop Day exclusives is October 12, 2015.
Project Nemesis#1 will be available in stores and on Comixology on October 7, 2015.