Godzilla: Oblivion #1

Godzilla: Oblivion #1

Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov Artist: Brian Churilla Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: March 30, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 2
5.6Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

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A scientist has created a portal to another dimension-one where monsters rule supreme! A terrifying expedition begins into a world where hope has died and Godzilla is the unrivaled King of the Monsters. But what happens when a baby kaiju hitches a ride back to the original, monster-less dimension?

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Nikki Sherman Mar 30, 2016

    Godzilla Oblivionis all about the monster battles, bashing in giant skulls left and right. The book definitely has a sense of exhilaration that is a marker of this genre. While I wish we were able to get to know the characters a bit more, the plot is exciting and adventurous. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Slackjaw Punks - Duff Mar 30, 2016

    The first of five issues, Oblivion is a fast read that really evokes the fun side of the Godzilla franchise. It's a nice counter balance to dark and heavier Godzilla in Hell. Which is what makes Godzilla such a great character"he can be goofy or straight up scary but he's always King of the Monsters. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Daniel Alvarez Mar 29, 2016

    Overall, GODZILLA: OBLIVION starts out with an interesting first issue. It's not the greatest G comic and that's due to average characters and the artwork being more on the mixed side. Still, the concept is executed nicely, makings sure it's interesting enough to bring back the reader. Whether or not this will be as good as any of the prior mini-series remains to be seen. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 31, 2016

    The conflict is straightforward and the characters not especially complex. Though is that really necessary in a Godzilla book? Fialkov at least ensures that the humans are likable enough that readers don't want to see them eaten or squished, and he delivers a story that's equal parts campy and dramatic. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Buccaneer Book Reviews - Cap'n Aldous B. Adder Apr 1, 2016

    Anyway, the bottom line is that it was a fun enough read, very brisk and light despite the action-heavy goings on and at the end (which fans of the franchise should LOVE) I was actually feeling good about it and realised I wouldn't mind reading the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Kieran Fisher Mar 30, 2016

    All in all, Godzilla: Oblivion is off to a promising start. By no means does it suggest great things as of yet, but theres enough good stuff to be found here to hopefully make you want to pick up the next issue. Joshua Fialkov could be on to something with this story that has the potential to do something interesting with Godzilla lore. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Chris Smith Apr 20, 2016

    I've always thought that Godzilla movies were dumb. Not dumb in a bad way, just something to watch while eating pizza and drinking beer. Some things you don't need to think about to enjoy and Godzilla is one of those things. The majority of the Japanese films revolve around waiting for the monsters to appear and then duke it out. They're fun, but don't exactly make you exercise your brain. Much like the films, this comic series stays true to that style. The plot is thin, but who cares when you know you'll get to see Godzilla blast some monsters to bits? Comics are an excellent medium for franchises as weird as Godzilla, because unlike film which is limited by budget and effects, comics can do whatever they want. Nothing is impossible in a comic. Godzilla traversing dimensions to save America from King Ghidorah? Fuck it, it's done. It only kind of works, but if you're looking for a monster fix or a ten-minute break from reality, grab a copy. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Mar 30, 2016

    "Godzilla: Oblivion" #1 is very close to being Just Another Godzilla Story, despite the fact The Big G himself doesn't even make a direct appearance. Fialkov, though, gives the issue enough oomph to at least tease the promise of something better to come, and Churilla demonstrates that he's equipped to choreograph an epic monster battle. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Robert Reed Apr 4, 2016

    Unfortunately, Godzilla: Oblivion #1 doesn't quite live up to the promise of its pitch. This isn't necessarily a bad comic; future issues may yet make this an exciting series. But the debut lacks anything to really grab hold of. The monster action is too brief for Godzilla fans, and the characters are too one-note for anyone seeking to become one. Ultimately, Godzilla: Oblivion #1 is just kind of there, which is a shame. Hopefully, the impending arrival of Godzilla can shake things up a bit. Read Full Review

  • 4.6
    Geeked Out Nation - Grant Raycroft Apr 2, 2016

    Godzilla: Oblivion #1 is a one of the saddest types of books, where creative people are at the helm but there's simply no spark. It's a special disappointment given the that was inventiveness on display on the Godzilla in Hell miniseries. It wouldn't be a surprise if this series turns around next month or two but so far I'd recommend skipping it or waiting for the series to be over. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Mar 29, 2016

    Oblivion has a very poor start. Thats not say that it cant get better because it still does have the potential to be an interesting diversion in the Godzilla mythology. These iconic characters, like so many key intellectual/licensed properties, have a long and storied history and with good reason: care and passion. If this creative team buckles down and delivers a logical, inventive scripts with detailed, evocative pages, this comic could be very strong. Hopefully, next month will be a different experience. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Asa Giannini Mar 30, 2016

    All told, Godzilla: Oblivion has a lot of potential. If there's a plan in place to use the series big sci-fi hook to good purpose, perhaps this iteration of Tokyo's scaliest natural disaster will shape up into something slightly more than dumb action. As is, it's a pretty forgettable mass of people running and ineffectually shouting things about portals. There's a certain b-movie entertainment in the generic genre cliches that are being thrown around here, but until Fialkov brings a little more to the table, fans would likely be best to sit this one out. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    AiPT! - Nick Nafpliotis Mar 30, 2016

    Let's hope this leads to better things next month. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Apr 1, 2016

    There are a lot (and I mean a lot) of fantastic Godzilla comics out there that enrich the lore of the character and celebrate his legacy, telling stories that pull monsters from countless films and throw them together in fights that studios could only dream of affording. This comic isn't that. This comic is over and done with before you know with little lasting impression. A waste of the Godzilla world, a waste of two otherwise great creators and a waste of what could have been a great story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    BrightestDaycare.com Apr 9, 2016

    This book was a super fast read, and that isn't what I expected from a Godzilla book with people who speak in it. Godzilla in Hell was a speedy read, mostly because it was silent, minus the skronks and screeches of the kaiju beasties. This issue could have benefitted from more slowly paced opening scenes, or a bit of a break in the middle to actually show more of the alternate reality's Godzilla problem, but it felt really rushed, and without much of an infodump/back story, the pacing was a big problem. The art is great, Godzilla and Ghidora look awesome and terrifying, and the destroyed parallel reality looks truly decimated and overrun with monsters, I just hope the next issue flows much better.

  • 7.0
    JAC8285 Aug 9, 2016

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