Godzilla: The Ten Best Comic Book Stories, Ranked

It’s been nearly 70 years since the Big G first made its mark on a smaller screen. Since then, Godzilla has become a national icon of Japanese popular culture and one of the most easily recognizable fictional characters of all time.

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With such fame, it’s no surprise that the King of the Monsters has been featured in comic books by many of the industry’s top publishers. While IDW has been the most notable in its print history, that doesn’t mean they’re the only company releasing top-notch kaiju content.

ten The Dozens of Manga Movie Adaptations Were Wild and Goofy


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To avoid things at the pass, there is a very long and storied history of Godzilla film adaptations and manga sequels. While in recent years original manga stories have been mostly absent, there was a time when King was stuck on as many tankōbon and magazines as Toho could afford. While these movie-based stories often told the main plot of each movie, they also branched out into bizarre side adventures involving robotic and magical girls, Cronenberg’s abominations, and ridiculous art. Reading them all isn’t a hard recommendation, but they’re certainly worth a skim for any self-proclaimed kaiju nut.

9 Godzilla versus Dark Horse. Charles Barkley proved who was the greatest


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The only bad pick on the list, this epic battle was part of a Nike marketing campaign. The story is an expanded version of the original ad where NBA legend Charles Barkley battles the King of the Monsters on the most honorable battleground known to man: the courthouse.

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The Dark Horse Comics comic has become part of the Goji-Meme culture with its bizarre magical coin-based plot and its legendary “Godzilla got busy” line. Godzilla vs. Barkley (1993) was by Mike Baron and credited partner Alan Smithee, with art by Jeff Butler, ink by Keith Aiken, color by James Sinclair, and lettering by Steve Dutro.


8 IDW’s Monster Kingdom Has Taken Royalty Worldwide


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While the IDW has maintained a stronghold on the Toho family of kaiju for the past decade, their first attempt was fraught with difficulties (and not the kind we read about). the Godzilla: Kingdom of the Monsters written by Eric Powell, Tracy Marsh and Jason Ciaramella with pencils by Phil Hester and Victor Santos is very strong for the most part. The problem is Toho’s disinterest in the darker theme the creatives originally wanted, including the several storylines left out after the story’s conclusion. However, despite these flaws, it’s still worth a read. Not only was this IDW’s first big swing with the franchise, but it also laid the groundwork for their future endeavors.


seven Kodansha’s King of the Monsters was Kaiju Grind House


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Something manga and anime fans learn early on is how relaxed Japan is when it comes to violence in children’s media compared to America. Even heavily edited, Dragon Ball Z was a game-changer when it hit in the late 90s due to the extreme level of gore and gore it contained, especially compared to its western contemporaries like batman beyond Where Gargoyles. The same goes for comics. In 1992, manga publisher Kodansha released two volumes of Hisashi Yasui (with artist Hiroshi Kawamoto) based on Gojira, which became well known for its brutally bloody battles and savage quirky characters like King Godzilla: A Mishmash. -Melody of Godzilla, Battra, Biollante and King Ghidorah.


6 IDW’s Gangsters & Goliaths is a rare case of Kaiju Noir


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Noir is that special kind of genre maker who can add anything to make it better. Spider Man? You have Black Spider-Man. Star Trek: The Next Generation? Some of the holodeck’s best episodes are based on Picard’s favorite crime thriller character, Dixon Hill. The same method worked for Godzilla in 2011 when IDW released Godzilla: Mobsters and Goliaths by John Layman and Alberto Ponticelli. Follow Detective Makoto Sato as he investigates a devious crime syndicate in the tropical paradise of Monster Island.


5 IDW’s Earth Rulers Flipped Their Previous Series


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As mentioned earlier, IDW kingdom of monsters ended on a sour note with several abandoned storylines and an unsatisfactory lack of any real conclusion. Their follow-up series Godzilla: Rulers of Earth would invigorate the fanbase with a thrilling love letter not just to Toho’s Big Five, but to all of the most obscure and beloved tokusatsu characters IDW could get their hands on. Chris Mowry is the writer (with Matt Frank and Jeff Zornow on the art as well as the colors of Priscilla Tramontano). As of writing, it’s also the longest-running Godzilla series ever, beating out the Marvel series by just one number.


4 IDW’s Cataclysm Is Incredibly Apocalyptic


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Since its inception, Godzilla has always been a symbol of disaster. He is a literal divine force that cannot be stopped, he is unlikely to survive and leave a figurative radioactive scar on those who experience his wrath. Godzilla: Cataclysm takes the character back to his dark roots in a world where humanity has failed to defeat the onslaught of kaiju and only a small surviving group remains. Godzilla in the post-apocalypse is the high-level elevator pitch for this harrowing series from Cullen Bunn, Dave Wachter and Chris Mowry.




3 Marvel’s King of the Monsters Was a Wonderful Mash of Monsters


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Before Wolverine, Deadpool and The Punisher came to blows with the Marvel Universe, Big G himself fought the House of Ideas when Doug Moench and Herb Trimpe created the long number 24 Godzilla series for Marvel in 1977.

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It saw the Titanic Terror battle everyone – from SHIELD and Devil Dinosaur to the Fantastic Four and the Avengers. Although dated, this series is still one of the all-time highs of Marvel’s licensed properties.


2 IDW’s Godzilla In Hell Was A Devilishly Good Time


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godzilla in hell was a wonderful experience by IDW. They took the talents of James Stokoe, Matt Frank, Bob Eggleton (as well as Dave Wachter) and gave them each a problem to explore the high conceptual premise of the King of the Monsters in the fires of the underworld. It was a stroke of genius. Each number is autonomous and plays on the idea in a unique way. And the best part is that, unlike many other titles on this list, it requires no prior knowledge and only lasts for five issues.


1 IDW’s Half-Century War Is A Love Letter To The Series


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Godzilla Half Century War by James Stokoe is the greatest Godzilla comic. Not only does James Stokoe do a terrific job – as he always does – of epic, intricately detailed art, but he also includes a human and emotional story to tie it all together. In short, The Half-Century War has amazing action and lots of easter eggs for kaiju fans. That’s all that makes a perfect Godzilla comic. The only direct criticism that can be given is that the themes of revenge and hate are shabby ground for the franchise, but as a microcosm of Big G’s quality in sequential art, that only makes sense. that the same themes covered in the 1954 original are presented here.

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