Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Godzilla: Legends #3 Review
The Godzilla Legends concept is pretty much a fan service. When I say that, I mean that only the Godzilla fans such as myself can really appreciate it. In the first blockbuster issue, we had Anguirus tackle Destoroyah. Not only was it unique, it was plain fun. Then Legends #2 came along, and well, you know the story. It relied heavily on the human characters, which wouldn't be a terrible thing if done right. But alas, it was done wrong, very wrong. Unlikable characters would be an understatement. So picking up Legends #3, I was skeptical. Titanosaurus is one of favorite kaiju, so I was still looking forward to it, but my expectations weren't that high. I am happy to say that this issue delivered everything #2 meant to do.
The story follows Miki, (Godzilla fans knows who she is) who brings a boy named Tristan to an institution for physics. Like Miki, Tristan has telekinesis, so she wants to help him with his powers. One night, however, he has a link with the monster Titanosaurus, who goes on a rampage through the city looking for him.....
Judging from the first issue, Legends looked to be a fun monster romp, a popcorn style mini-series. However, Issue Two introduced human focus. Whereas in Issue One, the plot was the monsters and the humans were the backdrop, it became the opposite with Issue 2. The human plot there, however, was awful. I think I was too generous in giving it a 6/10. So once again, in this issue, the humans are the focus with the monster as the backdrop. However, this time it's actually interesting and enjoyable.
Miki being a central focus was great. She's one of the few recurring characters in the films. (Heisei era.) A fan favorite and definitely one of, if not the best human character in the franchise. It was cool to see her in the issue, her portrayal was accurate enough. As for the main focus, it's about this boy called Tristan. He's alright, nothing we haven't seen before in fiction, but he's a heck lot better than the kid from Legends #2. This being story based, the actual story is interesting. Just wait until the plot twist, you'll understand it if you're a Godzilla fan. And I really like how the leader of the institution, Mugal, referenced Miki's connection with Godzilla, and then an image showcases Godzilla, Rodan, King Ghidorah, and Mothra. All from the Heisei era, I love how they fit this into continuity like with Issue One.
The only disappointing factor is the lack of monster scenes. Titanosaurus doesn't showcase that much character sadly, he's just a backdrop, not a focus at all. Thanks to the art, he does look pretty awesome with some amazing splash pages. The covers once again are pretty spectacular. The main one showcases a powerful looking Titanosaurus, the only slightly annoying thing is hat you could see a bit of Rodan and Anguirus. (Since all the main covers connect.) The second one is much more artistic. Titanosaurus looks great and Godzilla looks awesome in the background. The whole painted feel is great, probably the best cover so far in the Legends mini series.
Overall, Legends #3 surprised me. The human story was greatly developed and well-paced. It engages from the start. My main problem is the ending, cause it ends on a cliffhanger, leaving the reader unsatisfied with the outcome. It needs a part two. There aren't much scenes with the title monster sadly, which was a disappointment for me. Thankfully, the human story was interesting enough to keep me invested. I wouldn't mind an issue like Legends #1 where it's mainly a fight however now, cause two human-focused stories back-to-back with little monster appearances could get a bit tiresome.