The second issue still left me with a few questions, which I hoped that the third issue here would answer. And, by the looks of things, the questions have been answered.
We now finally know Arata’s grandfather’s name is Hiroshi, and the story is starting to lead us to what is/what has happened. We start to get the answers of what has happened to the world through Hiroshi in text bubbles and through some of his flashbacks in the issue, as the reason that the human race was in their current situation was that the kaiju wanted revenge.
Unlike the previous 2 issues, the characters in this issue are more active, interactive and more engaging as we’re getting more information and start knowing what’s going on in the story. We also know that Biollante is a major player in this miniseries and that she’s the key to humanity’s survival.
Also, just like Godzilla: Half-Century War, the artwork and the color palette have improved, especially the appearance of the human characters and as well as the kaiju. The artwork has become more detailed and refined that makes this world more believable. That can also be said for the color palette used in this issue, as it seems to be more vibrant in quite a few areas throughout the issue – compared to the previous 2 issues where vibrant colors were hardly used.
It looks like that the staff of the miniseries have gotten a little more comfortable and focused on what [...]
As I’ve stated in the last review of Godzilla: Cataclysm #1, the mini-series does have some potential; however, there were a few things I wanted to see fixed come Issue 2 of the mini-series. Also, I think that this could be the point to kind of know where everything is going if this is going to be a good comic mini-series or become something that will fall short. So, let’s now waste any time here and let’s dig in to Godzilla: Cataclysm #2!
The issue starts in the village with some shots of people and buildings, while the old man, Arata’s grandfather, narrates once again just like the beginning of the first issue. He talks about how the people pray to the monsters for certain things – such as praying to Mothra for good fortune, King Ghidorah to bring rain, Ebirah to bring plentiful fishing trips, etc. Arata’s grandfather, however, prays to Godzilla to never return. He essentially talks about this for four, whole pages (a couple pages shorter than his narration in the previous issue).
We’re immediately taken to a wide-spread of Godzilla battling against Biollante. Biollante has its vines around Godzilla’s neck for a couple frames until Godzilla fires his atomic ray right through Biollante. While the battle ensues between the two kaiju, both Arata and Shiori are trying to figure out how to get away from the battleground and to avoid from getting crushed. When it seems like they had nowhere to go, [...]
It has certainly been quite sometime since I last did a review. I’ve been wanting to one for awhile and every time I want to do one, I have some lame excuse for not doing it and go about my daily life. Well, I hope that do more in 2015.
But anywho, enough of the dilly-dallying here, let’s get onto what this post is about: Reviewing the first issue of IDW’s latest Godzilla mini-comic series, Godzilla: Cataclysm. Justto let you know, this review will contain spoilers.
The issue simply begins with a narration from a person with panels of a city basically being swallowed by plumes of smoke and ash, with many people running and fearing for their lives. We then turn to the second and third page, which turns out to be a one-page spread, of all giant monsters in a melee fight in the middle of the city. The monsters that were present here were King Ghidorah, Mothra, Manda, Anguirus, and, of course, Godzilla himself. The narration and the kaiju fighting keeps going until we’re abruptly come in contact by an extreme close-up of an older gentleman’s face.
Apparently, the first few pages were scenes from the senior’s nightmare that took place in Tokyo 20 years in the past. The older man then looks outside as we’re taken to an overlook of a demolished Tokyo.
The older man appears to be the grandfather of what could be the main character of the mini-comic series, Arata. Arata and what appears to be his friend, [...]