Review: Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #6

Can Mecha-Godzilla save the crumbling American economy and put Detroit back to work?

Andy Hunsakerby Andy Hunsaker

Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #6

Eric Powell and Tracy Marsh have been slowly destroying human civilization over the previous five issues of Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters, and in #6 of their 8-issue run, we see what is likely the last gasp of our once-great nation to stay alive in the face of these giant, unstoppable monsters.  With American ingenuity and know-how, the grand gesture of the President of the United States is to put our country's factories back into operation and save the economy while building the ultimate weapon at the MG plants in Detroit.  A weapon by the name of Mecha-Godzilla.  Which everybody in the country thinks is an awful idea.

While that's going on, we also see the coninuing saga of Steven Woods, the bitter soldier from #4, and Allie, the little girl whose family was killed in Godzilla's wake in #5.  They're traveling on foot across the country with the help of a device Woods has that tells them how close giant monsters are, so they can steer away from them and have some kind of survival in the aftermath of all this destruction, but after narrowly escaping the emergence of Kumonga The Giant Spider, they find themselves in a typical post-apocalyptic "hey, we are a gang of grizzled jerks who will try to take your good stuff away instead of asking for help" situation.

Powell and Marsh are clearly having fun satirizing American life in many ways, including politicians, the media, the founding fallacies, the knee-jerk reactionaries and even by subverting stereotypes – having rednecks actually walking the Christian walk by taking in their neighbors instead of being the provincial gun-nut xenophobes they're typically portrayed as being.  They also have giant monster fights that result once again in the complete deflation of American hubris, as our mighty gambits fail quickly and disastrously.  Victor Santos' art again leaves a bit to be desired, as Godzilla has a moment where he looks dead-eyed, as if he was trying to draw a rubber mask instead of a monster, but just as last time, it's plenty good enough for the story to carry it along.  The whole series remains a black comedy that hits its marks in all the right spots.

Two issues left, and we have to believe that the world's governments are out of ideas, and will collapse from here on out.  We have no idea how Powell and Marsh are going to end their grand tale of the end of life as we know it, but even if it takes a Cormac McCarthy route, we can be comforted by the knowledge that these two writers are far too fun for this to ever get as depressing as The Road.