IDW is bringing Godzilla back into the world of comic books, and much more.
In 2010, IDW announced a partnership with TOHO Studios to make Godzilla comics. This partnership made sense, considering IDW is known for its many high quality licensed titles. The first series starring the radioactive dinosaur was Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters. From there, two more ongoings were released, and a number of miniseries. Many monsters from the TOHO library were utilized, from Varan to Gezora. Godzilla: Rage Across Time was the final Godzilla series from IDW back in 2016. Since then, there have been no Godzilla comics aside from Legendary’s Godzilla: Aftershock. Next year, that is all going to change.
IDW and TOHO have announced a “multi-year publishing program” for Godzilla content. Not only is IDW planning new comic books, but also “graphic novels, trade collections, art books, coloring books, journals, tabletop games, and puzzles.” The press release mentions the Godzilla content will be wide-ranging in its audience, from casual fans to core movie watchers. In fact, IDW’s first Godzilla project in 2021 is a five-issue miniseries aimed at kids in the middle school age. It is being written by Erik Burnham (Ghostbusters Ongoing), with art by Dan Schoening and colors by Luis Antonio Delgado. The first issue hits the stands and digital storefront in April, 2021. You can view the full artwork below.
IDW’s commitment to a younger age group is certainly admirable. Thanks to the MonsterVerse, many kids have been introduced to the world of Godzilla. So, when they’re at the comic store (or on ComiXology) looking for all-ages licensed comics like My Little Pony and Sonic the Hedgehog, they have Godzilla to look forward to as well. That appears to just be the tip of the iceberg for fans. If any of IDW’s upcoming comics matches the quality of Half-Century War, or the fun of Rulers of the Earth, we are in for a treat. Then there’s the other array of content. Only Godzilla can compel me to go buy a coloring book.
2021 is a big year for Godzilla. Not only is IDW putting out new stuff, but Godzilla vs. Kong finally releases. Also, Godzilla: Singular Point hits Netflix. So, grab a snack and get ready for the kind of action only the King of the Monsters can deliver.
Source: Press Release