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Wednesday Comics on Thursday - Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters - March 31, 2011

Yesterday I picked up the comic I have been waiting for since I heard about it last year. If you've read The Qwillery for a while you'll know that I am a HUGE Godzilla fan. I like all kaiju, but Godzilla is truely King of the Monsters for me. IDW Publishing released Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #1 yesterday. The comic is being produced in partnership with Toho Ltd. so we'll see quite a range of kaiju!

There are a lot of covers for Issue 1. Retailers could buy a special cover (after buying 500 copies of Issue 1) showing their store be stomped by Godzilla. A lot of retailers did just that and there are nearly 100 of these covers. Bleeding Cool shows them here and here. I'm tempted to buy at least one from a comic shop that I shop at regularly.

Here are the covers (excluding the retailer special covers - go to Bleeding Cool to see those).

Cover A - Art by Alex Ross
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters - March 31, 2011

Cover B - Art by Eric Powell
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters - March 31, 2011

Cover B folds open
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters - March 31, 2011

Cover RI-A - Art by Eric Powell
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters - March 31, 2011

Dynamic Forces Cover
(different than the other retailer special covers)
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters - March 31, 2011

There are additional covers. I have on order a 1-in-50 variant, which I'll add to the post when I see the actual cover. There is also a very nice Wondercon variant that I hope to get.

The "Quick Overview:"
The King of the Monsters rises again, and for the first time in comics, he’s bringing lots of other beloved Toho monsters with him in one destructive saga, and The Goon’s Eric Powell is sounding the alarm. Powell will also paint covers for each issue of this new ongoing series, including a wraparound cover to kick things off! IDW Publishing

I think that the cover art is fantastic. Really! I could look at the covers for hours (if I didn't have a lot of other things to do).

Writers:  Eric Powell and Tracy Marsh
Pencils:   Phil Hester
Inks:       Bruce McCorkindale
Colors:   Ronda Pattison
Letters:   Chris Mowry

The story is set in the present. Godzilla comes from the sea near a Japanese island and stomps around while being shot at by the Japanese military. It's a sparsely populated island, but there is still destruction and death. Godzilla heads back into the sea. When it appears that Godzilla is heading for Tokyo, the Japanese government decides to fire a nuclear weapon at him. This may not be a good idea. You'll have to read the comic to see what happens next.

There is really not much to the first issue. It's being used to set up the remainder of the story so I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next. Do I mind? No. Godzilla has stomped, the military has attacked, a bomb went off, and there will be more trouble. It's Godzilla! I can't wait to see King Ghidorah, Mothra, Rhodan, and the other Toho kaiju.

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - January 20, 2011

This week was a slow comic week for me. I picked up a lot of Iron Man and Transformers for my son and just a few comics for me. Here are my favorites.

Aspen Comics

Lady Mechanika, # 1, 2nd Printing

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - January 20, 2011
You can read what I had to say about Lady Mechanika, #1 here.



Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: Dust to Dust, #8

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - January 20, 2011
The can’t-miss last issue of the celebrated prequel to the Eisner-nominated series DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?! Can Charlie Victor and Malcolm Reed put an end to the renegade androids? Find out as Chris Roberson (I, ZOMBIE) closes another chapter of Philip K. Dick’s classic sci-fi world that inspired BLADE RUNNER! BOOM! Studios

IDW Publishing

George R.R. Martin's Doorways, #3

Cover A
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - January 20, 2011

Cover B
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - January 20, 2011
Tom and Cat have escaped Thane and the Darklords, but escaped to where?! The reality of being in an alternate reality settles in for Tom, as does the fact that he may never return home. As Tom and Cat try to make sense of this familiar yet foreign new world, they discover new friends, new versions of people they have already met, and new dangers. Not to mention the pursuing Darklords are close behind and are furious that their prey has eluded them thus far.  IDW Publishing

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - October 21, 2010

I picked up a lot of wonderful comics yesterday. Here are my favorites:

IDW Publishing:

True Blood, #4 of 6

This issue tells the story of Sam’s attack on the evil spirit that proves deadly for the local population, and it ends with him having to recount his most shameful memory... a secret powerful enough to re-energize the wounded spirit. Outside, Andy and the Sheriff have discovered the dome keeping them all trapped inside Merlotte’s, but will they be able to break in before Jason recounts the dirty details his first time? The stormy night in Bon Temps continues, in this original idea by TRUE BLOOD creator Alan Ball. IDW Publishing

Cover A
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - October 21, 2010

Cover B
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - October 21, 2010

Sketch Variant
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - October 21, 2010

Photo Variant
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - October 21, 2010

The Last Unicorn, #5 of 6

The Lady Amalthea is more than she appears when she arrives on the doorstep of King Haggard’s castle with Molly Grue and Schmendrick the magician in tow. What lies behind those haunted, ancient eyes? Will she forget what she truly is and what she came to find? But maybe most important, will she be able to face the most terrible foe yet: human love? IDW Publishing

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - October 21, 2010
(This cover is from the IDW Publishing site. The actual cover has more of a sepia tone and the lettering is red not purple.)



Vincent Price Presents 21

This one shot featuring Vincent Price tells another gothic adventure! Assignments on frontier planets always irritated intergalactic mob hitman Randall Stiles and his partner Jake Mackey and this mission would soon prove why. What starts out as a seemingly routine pick-up turns quite deadly in this Sci-Fi tale from Vincent Price who takes the reader on an unexpected ride to the outer edge of the known Universe.Bluewater on eBay

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - October 21, 2010

Vincent Price Presents 22:

This one shot featuring Vincent Price tells another gothic adventure! The great Roman Philosopher and Statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero once wrote: “I remember the very things I do not wish to; I cannot forget the Things I wish to forget.” This brand new tale of science taken to the extremes might make Cicero change his mind as Vincent Price invite us to consider how accountable we are for how well we remember our own past? Bluewater on eBay

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - October 21, 2010



Richard Matheson's Kolchak: The Night Strangler, Cover C

Legendary author Richard Matheson (I am Legend, What Dreams May Come, Twilight Zone) wrote this second Kolchak TV movie about the underground city that actually exists beneath present day Seattle! The Kolchak TV movies are still two of the MOST WATCHED TV movies of all time! Matheson has won Lifetime Achievement Awards from: World Fantasy Award, Bram Stoker Award, Edgar Allen Poe Award, The Hugo Award, Writer’s Guild Award, etc! Moonstone Books

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - October 21, 2010

I have Covers A and B so was really happy to get Cover C. If you've been reading this blog for a while you know what a huge Richard Matheson fan I am.



The Calling: Cthulhu Chronicles, #4

The first arc of the horrific Cthulhu series comes to an end, but the giant revelations in this issue expose an even bigger mystery that you won’t want to miss! What is the story behind The Dreamer and what part does he play in the strange events unfolding around the world? Don’t miss this new supernatural horror series with a decidedly modern spin from superstar writing team Michael Alan Nelson (28 Days Later, Hexed) and Johanna Stokes (Death Valley, Station)! Boom! Studios

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - October 21, 2010


Marvel Comics
 
X-23, #2
 
X-23 has never been a normal teenager, but with a demonic Wolverine on the loose, her dreams of becoming that normal teen seem less possible than ever. When the images this imposter Wolverine has been filling her head with become real, who can she turn to? And where is the real Wolverine in all of this? Find out as the series you've been waiting for continues! Marvel Comics
 
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - October 21, 2010

X-23, #2 Vampire Variant

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - October 21, 2010

The actual comics have different printing on them. These are the previews from the Marvel site. This month Marvel is publishing Vampire Variants for everything it seems. As much as I'd love to have them all, it's not going to happen.
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