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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

CLASSIC COMICS : Godzilla King of the Monsters #23 "Godzilla Vs. The Avengers"


Godzilla King of the Monsters #23
Writer: Doug Moench
Artist: Herb Trimpe, Dan Green
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release: 1979

Marvel gets ready to take their Godzilla King of the Monsters series out with a bang, as this issue before the last in the comic's run continues Godzilla's rampage through New York, this time to his full size after previously being shrunk by Henry "Yellowjacket" Pym's "pym particles". With the Fantastic Four having already gone toe-to-toe with the behemoth when he was human size, and SHIELD unable to thwart the nuclear menace, the Avengers kick into action and their exploits against Godzilla are covered in this issue. To Marvel's credit, Godzilla is mostly unparalleled by his adversaries, shrugging off the Avengers' respective strikes, although panels alert the reader that the King of the Monsters is often under tremendous pain by attacks such as a blow from Thor's Mjolnir despite that he retaliates in short order. As it turns out, and the cover of the title suggests, only Wasp and the Yellowjacket are able to make any sort of successful attack against the creature, although even this is a fairly minor victory that Godzilla still manages to come back from and leave this issue on sort of a cliffhanger.

In regards to how this comic fares, it's a decent read. Anyone who is both a fan of Godzilla and Marvel Comics will likely get a kick out of the huge melding of the two properties, though, and all of the cameo's within, such as one from J. Jonah Jameson. The art by Herb Trimpe, however, is a bit mixed. He does a very good job rendering the Avengers and other iconic Marvel characters, which should come as no surprise since he had previously worked on other series such as Captain America and Iron Man, but falters a little in regards to the title character who looks uneven from panel to panel. This is a stable complaint of the series as a whole, though, so nothing new or particularly noteworthy about it in regards to this particular issue. Overall, it's an enjoyable read and probably the best showcase of Godzilla against the Marvel Universe that the series has to offer.
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