Godzilla: The Top Ten Comic Book Stories, Ranked

It’s been nearly 70 years since Big G first made his way onto the not-so-big screen. Since then, Godzilla has become a national icon in 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 appeared in comics from several of the industry’s biggest publishers. While IDW has been the most notable in its print history, that doesn’t mean it’s the only company to put out top-tier kaiju content.

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To avoid this, there is a very long and storied history of Godzilla film adaptations and manga sequels. While original manga stories have been all but absent in recent years, there was a time when the King was plastered across as many tankōbon and magazines as Toho could afford. While these movie-based stories often told the main plot of each movie, they also turned into weird side adventures involving robotic and magical girls, Cronenberg abominations, and ridiculous art. Reading them all isn’t a hard recommendation, but it’s certainly worth a read for any self-proclaimed kaiju fan.

9 Godzilla from Dark Horse vs. Charles Barkley proved who was the best


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The only pick so bad it’s good on the list, this epic battle was part of a Nike marketing campaign. The story is an expanded version of the original commercial in which NBA legend Charles Barkley battles the King of Monsters on the most honorable battlefield known to man: the court.

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The Dark Horse Comics comic has become a part of Goji-Meme culture with its bizarre magical coin-based plot and legendary “Godzilla went to work” line. Godzilla vs. Barkley (1993) It was by Mike Baron and an associate credited as Alan Smithee, along with art by Jeff Butler, inks by Keith Aiken, colors by James Sinclair, and lettering by Steve Dutro.


8 IDW’s Monster Kingdom took royalty around the world


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While IDW has maintained a stronghold in the Toho family of kaiju for the past decade, its first attempt was plagued with problems (and not the kind you 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 lies in Toho’s disinterest in the darker theme that the creatives originally wanted to go with, including the various discarded plotlines left over after the story’s conclusion. Despite those flaws, though, it’s still worth a read. Not only was it IDW’s first big turnaround with the franchise, but it also laid the groundwork for their future projects.


7 Kodansha’s king of monsters was Kaiju Grind House


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Something that manga and anime fans learn early on is just how laid back 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 arrived in the late 90s due to the extreme level of blood and gore it contained, especially when compared to its western contemporaries like batman of the future or gargoyles. The same goes for comics. In 1992, the manga publisher Kodansha published two volumes of Hisashi Yasui (with artist Hiroshi Kawamoto) based on Gojira, who has become well known for his brutally bloody battles and wild original characters like King Godzilla: A Godzilla Hodgepodge , 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 that creators can add to anything to make it better. Spiderman? Have spider-man noir. Star Trek: The Next Generation? Some of the best holodeck episodes are based on Picard’s favorite crime thriller character, Dixon Hill. The same method worked for Godzilla back in 2011 when IDW published Godzilla: Gangsters and Goliath 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 The rulers of the Earth of IDW overthrew their previous series


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As mentioned above, IDW monster kingdom it ended on a sour note with several dropped plotlines and an unsatisfying lack of an actual conclusion. Your follow-up series Godzilla: Rulers of Earth would reinvigorate the fanbase with a thrilling love letter to not just Toho’s Big Five, but all of the darker and more beloved tokusatsu characters IDW could get their hands on. Chris Mowry is the writer (with Matt Frank and Jeff Zornow doing art and colors by Priscilla Tramontano). At the time of writing, it’s also the longest-running Godzilla series of all time, beating the Marvel series by a single issue.


4 The IDW cataclysm is amazingly apocalyptic


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Since its inception, Godzilla has always been a symbol of catastrophe. It is a literal divine force that cannot be stopped, is unlikely to be survived, and leaves a figurative radioactive scar across those who suffer its wrath. Godzilla: Cataclysm returns the character to his grim roots in a world where humanity has been unable to defeat the kaiju onslaught and only a small surviving group remains. Post-Apocalypse Godzilla is the high-concept elevator pitch for this harrowing series from Cullen Bunn, Dave Wachter and Chris Mowry.




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


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

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This saw the titanic terror battle everyone from SHIELD and Devil Dinosaur to the Fantastic Four and The Avengers. Though dated, this series still serves as one of the all-time highs for Marvel-licensed properties.


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


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godzilla in hell It was a wonderful IDW experiment. They took the talents of James Stokoe, Matt Frank, Bob Eggleton (as well as Dave Wachter) and gave each one a theme to explore the high-concept premise of the King of the Monsters in the fires of the underworld. It was a stroke of genius. Each number stands alone and plays with the idea in unique ways. And the best thing is that, unlike many other titles on this list, it doesn’t require previous knowledge and it barely lasts five issues.


one IDW’s The Half-Century War is a love letter to the series


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godzilla mid century war by James Stokoe is the best Godzilla comic. Not only does James Stokoe do a wonderful job, as he always does, on the epic and intimately detailed art, but he also throws in a human and emotional story to tie it all together. Soon, the half century war It has incredible action and plenty of easter eggs for kaiju fans. It’s everything that makes a perfect Godzilla comic. The only direct criticism that can be made is that the themes of revenge and hate are well-trodden ground for the franchise, but as a microcosm of how great Big G can be in sequential art, it only makes sense. that the same topics covered in the 1954 original are presented here.

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