Since getting the license from Toho, IDW has published 3 Godzilla comic book miniseries so far: Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters, Godzilla: Gangsters and Goliaths, and Godzilla Legends. Today marks the release of the first issue of their new ongoing series, Godzilla #1. Based on what they've done with Godzilla's universe so far, I'm already onboard. Here is their press release:
IDW announces digital Godzilla comics, new characters, and a new title!
May 23, 2012
San Diego, CA – Expanding what has become an explosive publishing partnership, this summer IDW Publishing and Toho Co., Ltd.are bringing even more kaiju chaos to comic fans everywhere!
May 23rd brings the launch of Duane Swierczynski and Simon Gane's new, ongoing Godzilla series, which features covers by Arthur Adams and Tony Harris! That's not all, though!
That same day, after much anticipation, Godzilla will finally hit digital platforms! Available on iOS, Android, and Nook, IDW's entire back catalog of catastrophic, giant monster destruction will be available as single issues and trades. Not only that, but the new Godzilla ongoing will launch day and date with two exclusive digital variant covers!
This bounty of crushing comics destruction comes hot on the heels of IDW's announcement of Orc Stain creator James Stokoe's Godzilla: The Half-Century War, a generation-spanning tale packed to the gills with Stokoe's trademark hyper-detailed linework and nearly-psychedelic colors. If any comics creator out there was born to draw giant monsters leveling crowded metropolitan areas, folks, it's James Stokoe.
And as if all that city-stompin' goodness wasn't enough, IDW has made the necessary space in Godzilla's monstrous world for even more of Toho's creatures, with more than 20 of Godzilla's co-stars joining the roster of licensed characters. From fan favorites such as JET JAGUAR to lesser-known greats like the gargantuas, SANDA and GAIRA, the future of Godzilla at IDW is bound to be even more action-packed than ever.
Needless to say, it's going to be a chaos-drenched summer for Godzilla fans.
Hopefully they all have insurance.
Jet Jaguar? Sweet. If I recall, JJ couldn't appear in Kingdom of Monsters because he wasn't part of the licensing agreement with Toho.
And Sanda & Gaira from War of the Gargantuas, the sequel to Frankenstein Conquers the World? From the cast of characters alone it sounds like this series is going to be insane. I mean, I doubt we'll get to see Stringer Bell, but really, besides me, how much of a crossover audience is there between Godzilla and The Wire?
Since I haven't made it to my friendly neighborhood comic shop yet this week, here's an advance review of Godzilla #1 from Newsarama.