Godzilla: Cataclysm #1

Godzilla: Cataclysm #1

Writer: Cullen Bunn Artist: Dave Wachter Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: August 13, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 23
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Years have passed since the monster apocalypse nearly destroyed mankind. Now it is merely a distant, nightmarish memory for Hiroshi, an elder in one of the few remaining tribes of humans. Little does Hiroshi know that the apocalypse is not over, and that his memories of the past may yet save the future!

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - jsarrow Aug 15, 2014

    This issue is great read for anyone whether they are a fan of Godzilla like myself or if they are just recently getting into the lore of the world for the first time. Cullen Bunn's writing is truly something to behold and I am a little angry with myself that I didn't try to read something by him before this. Also, Dave Wachter definitely brought the whole issue home with his picture perfect portrayal of a barren wasteland ravaged by giant monsters. Going in I did not know what to expect from this issue but it is surely going to be added to my reading list from now on and I can't wait for issue two! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Nick Nafpliotis Aug 13, 2014

    This is truly scary and devastating kaiju action" just the way it should be. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Jordan Jennings Aug 13, 2014

    Godzilla: Cataclysm #1 was a great book. The art was masterful and the story presented was different from the usual Godzilla tale. The ground work is being laid for the mini-series and the story should prove to be one of the more enjoyable Godzilla books as of late. It is great for new readers or old fans alike. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ryan Scott Aug 19, 2014

    Well, monster lovers, I have your solution; Enter Godzilla Cataclysm. Cullen Bunn (Magneto, Sinestro) has done a stunningly great job with this story and set everything up just right for the mini-series. We have our wise old man, our fun young couple and, of course, a shit load of cool monsters. Godzilla himself doesn't even show up until the last page, but it does what all great first issues should do" leave you wanting more. Bunn's Hollywood-worthy storyline is the real highlight, but Dave (Breath of Bones) Wachter's art is a perfect fit. The problem with many Godzilla comics over the years is that the art often undermines the cool factor of the monster. That is not the case here. This kaiju-packed issue of kick-assery is in, this monster lover's opinion, a nearly pitch-perfect first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Project-Nerd - Jarrod Aug 17, 2014

    There have been Godzilla comics for quite a few years now and I have, until now, picked one up. Often times, I'm leery of picking up licensed books because I find that the characterizations aren't always 'there' for me. Godzilla: Cataclysm may just change my mind. The strong writing and fantastic art really sold me on this book. If I had one complaint, it would be that we didn't get to spend much time getting to know this new and unfamiliar world, but with future issues, that very well could do that. If you're a lifelong fan, or a rather new one, I urge you to give this book a try. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Aug 12, 2014

    Really and truly, if youre a fan of Godzilla (even those who only know that shitty remake in early 2000 with Matthew Broderick that was awful) or even just a fan of large monsters, youre going to like this. Bunn and Wachter mesh together extremely well and both clearly have a love for the story and characters involved. You cant go wrong with this creative team or Godzilla, so definitely give this a chance and check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - RobertJCross Aug 12, 2014

    Wachter's art is lovely. The Kaiju and the humans are all drawn in such a harsh way that the sadness that encapsulates the atmosphere just vibrates through your retinas. I also dug the monotonal colors at parts that were dreams or depressing scenes. Wachter also drew Big G like a master. Seeing Godzilla wrecking the scene on the page made the kid in me smile a big hearty smile. Anything Godzilla related really. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Aug 13, 2014

    Godzilla: Cataclysm brings back monsters in a big way.  Humanity is still incredibly screwed when these beasts get moving, but you can't help but watch the destruction unfold.  Now a new generation gets to witness the terror of a huge lizard creature rampaging through its city. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Aug 13, 2014

    “Godzilla: Cataclysm” #1 delivers tons of action and monsters packed into its first installment.When you see Godzilla show up, you're definitely going to roar like in his movies. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Aug 14, 2014

    The best take on Godzilla since "The Half Century War." Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Aug 15, 2014

    Godzilla: Cataclysm #1 is a book of great potential, looming, fulfilled, and wasted. This first issue is a solid start, but the best part of it is the feeling that Bunn will deliver a memorable addition to the character's legacy. It's possible that he could falter, but, based on this, I think it's probably worth finding out for yourself. Stunning art, gripping captions, a definite purpose, and an apparent fascination with some of Toho's stranger creations mark Cataclysm as a unique and interesting kaiju story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Adam Aug 18, 2014

    If you aren't a Godzilla fan, then this book won't change your mind about the Big G. That said, if you do love Godzilla, then go out and get this book now. Wachter's art is that awesome! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Aug 14, 2014

    A goodstart to what I hope will be an interesting story, and the art is particularly strong. I may be biased because I like this brand of fiction, but it is a bleak read that manages to be fun at the same time. Check it out at your local comic book shop, or on your digital media doohicky, before the cataclysm happens, destroying all the shops and probably the infrastructure for digital comics too. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Tres Dean Aug 13, 2014

    While it isn't the best Godzilla debut, Cataclysm is an engaging debut to IDW's newest Godzilla series. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - Daniel Alvarez Aug 12, 2014

    Overall, Cataclysm has a solid start. Not many surprising things happen; it unfolds just as you would expect it to. The concept is quite engaging, it's just that it has been played with a lot in the past. The characters aren't bad, and the monsters are pretty exciting to watch. The art is a little bland, or rather the choice of coloring. Still, Cataclysm is a good comic for both old and longtime fans. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Aug 14, 2014

    Like so many Godzilla tales, "Godzilla: Cataclysm" #1 appears set to make a hero out of the king of all monsters. That said, the humans around him have not had an easy life and are likely not going to welcome him back with open arms. From what Bunn has written into the story and what Wachter has drawn, the people are as fearful of the kaiju as the inhabitants of the Bible's Old Testament were of their own God. Bunn matches that thought process, elevating the monstrosities in this story to deity status, which is certain to cause moral and spiritual dilemma in and around the inevitable destruction. This isn't just going to be another tale of giant monsters kicking the stuffing out of each other, Bunn and Wachter are ready to show readers the consequences of those conflicts. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Aug 13, 2014

    Godzilla Cataclysm sets up a very interesting story with what looks to be an impressive roster of monsters. The first issue isn't quite a knock-out punch, but it provides just enough to whet the appetite and demand your attention when issue #2 rolls around. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Buccaneer Book Reviews - Cap'n Aldous B. Adder Aug 18, 2014

    If you are a fan, I would definitely recommend it and if you're curious, it's worth reading for at the art at the very least which is great. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Andrew Stevens Aug 12, 2014

    This comic gets by on its amazing art and by the fact that once plot holes are ignored the interest in seeing kaiju fight in a post-apocalypse is still strong. The issue flies by, due to a combination of well-worn apocalypse tropes that dont require much thought and a desire to witness some beautiful action. Based purely upon how the interesting premise is almost wasted I would have given this comic a two out of 5, putting it at a for fans only level. Luckily, the excellent art and relative accessibility of this title compared to Rulers of Earth just nudges this comic up a point. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 16, 2014

    All in all, this is an interesting story, one which gives us an interesting take on what it would REALLY be like to live in a world filled with giant monster attacks, and one that honors the Godzilla stories that have gone before in manners both obvious and subtle. Godzilla: Cataclysm #1 takes familiar playing pieces, but changes the entire field of battle, and gives us a starting point that really makes me want to read more in this world, earning 3 out of 5 stars overall. Also, the most important bit: They spelled "SKREEE-OOONK!" right. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Adam Cadmon Aug 17, 2014

    The early emphasis on mythology and monster worship gives the impression that we may run into a cult or two in this universe devoted to a who-knows-what kind of horrible incarnation of chaos. The anticipation. The suspense. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Carl Boehm Aug 13, 2014

    Godzilla: Cataclysm takes its place with Gangsters and Goliaths, Legends, and Kingdom of Monsters as another rehashing of a problematic format. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    8CN - Matt Overstreet Aug 14, 2014

    Overall, if you're into big, action comics, Godzilla: Cataclysm will have plenty to excite you, but I can't really say that it's a particularly good comic. Read Full Review

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