THUNDER LIZARD ROUND-UP! MASTER FILMMAKER MARK MACKNER REVIEWS GODZILLA #3 and SUPER DINOSAUR #2!

MASTER FILMMAKER MARK MACKNER’S MAGNIFICENT THUNDER LIZARD ROUND-UP!

Greetings, fellow dino-philes! ‘Tis I, noted dinosaur enthusiast and local indie horror icon MASTER FILMMAKER MARK MACKNER with a very special look at two new Earth-shaking comics! I’ve loved both dinosaurs and comic books since I was but a mini megalomaniacal munchkin, so I’m especially excited by these highlighted offerings, on sale this week at your local comic shop! If you love giant thunder lizards, this is a great week for new books, so let’s take a look at what’s making me use so many exclamation points!

First up is THE dinosaur when it comes to the realm of sci-fi/fantasy, and by that, I mean none other than the radioactive reptilian icon, GODZILLA.

GODZILLA: KINGDOM OF MONSTERS #3

STORY: Eric Powell & Tracy Marsh

ART: Phil Hester

PUBLISHER: IDW

REVIEW: Master Filmmaker Mark Mackner

This series is getting better with each issue. You knew it was going to be good, with the talent involved and the fact that we’d be seeing some other Toho monsters as well. I like the globe-trotting aspect of the book, with different monsters appearing at different places in the world. So far, we’ve had Godzilla surface (literally) in Japan (Duh), ANGUIRUS pop up (again, literally) in Mexico, and Rodan, uh, hatch out in Russia.

This is all leading to a colossal kaiju smackdown, and man is it going to be EPIC! This issue introduces a pair of strange French teenage twins, who can only communicate telepathically and can also induce frightening hallucinations on people. They’ve got a mysterious connection to a giant egg that’s washed up on shore in Normandy. It’s looking likely that they’ll be the evil counterparts to the Fairy Twins who summon MOTHRA. We get a brief glimpse at the Fairy Twins at the end of this issue, and the back cover tells us Mothra’s coming up in #4, so it’s safe to say that we’re going to be seeing some MOTHRA vs. BATTRA (The evil version of Mothra) action really soon.

Godzilla is barely in this one, appearing just briefly on the N. Korea/S. Korea border, but the Anguirus vs. Texas rednecks bits are fun, and the evil twins are compelling characters. Plus, you gotta love anything that has a giant egg of unknown origin on a beach.

Powell injects some more comedy and contemporary references in this outing, most notably with the introduction of the LADY GAGAesque character “Girly Yaya”, who dresses up in crazy costumes adorned with Battra eggs and Godzilla nailed to a cross. Turns out that some folks are upset with all the military assaults on the monsters, and are standing up for monster rights. That’s a fun concept that’s never been explored in the films, and I think it’s a fresh and interesting idea.

Phil Hester’s artwork is appropriately HUGE. I LOVE the art in this book. Hester makes the monsters as massive as they should be. Every time a monster appears, it looks like it’s about to jump out of the page and squash you. Very cool! It’s looking more and more like THIS is the Godzilla comic that we, the fans have been waiting for our whole lives!

The second half of our Dino Double Feature is the second installment of Robert Kirkman’s latest creation, SUPER-DINOSAUR…

SUPER DINOSAUR #2

STORY: Robert Kirkman

ART: Jason Howard

PUBLISHER: Image

Ah, what times these are to be a dinosaur comic fan! Between GODZILLA and SUPER DINOSAUR, I couldn’t be happier. These are two of the best new titles out there. SD is the best weekday afternoon cartoon that you never saw. That’s because it’s a new comic, not an old cartoon, but it has that wonderful 80’s cartoon feel that just makes your soul smile. It’s the best kind of comfort food imaginable… brainy kid teams up with robotically enhanced dinosaur to do battle with an evil scientist and other armored talking dinosaurs. There’s just no way to not have great fun with this.

This issue introduces SD’s Arctic Attack Gear, as well as new villain THE EXILE, who proposes an alliance with established arch foe MAX MAXIMUS. What is Maximus proposing with Project X? And just what IS The Exile, anyway? I’d guess he’s at least part dinosaur, as he’s all about exterminating humans and implanting dinosaur rule on Earth. And he, of course, tries to sway SD into taking up his cause.

Which brings up a nice point of internal conflict for SD. He’s lonely and depressed that the only other dinos he encounters are villains, and that his only companions are humans who can’t relate to him in many ways. So, yeah. Amid all the action, quippage, and colorful cartoony craziness, there are some weightier issues on the table.

In summary, two brand new dinosaur comic series make for one very happy Master Filmmaker! Get to your LCS and get ‘em today! You’ll be glad you did.

And THAT is THE WORD, so sayeth THE MASTER!!!!

(MASTER FILMMAKER MARK MACKNER is the resident Poptards Spider-Man nut, and the author of SPIDEY’S WEEKLY WEB-UP right here on this site! Also, true to his name, he is the writer/director of the locally made films DAISY DERKINS, DOGSITTER OF THE DAMNED!, EVIL BREW, and THE HALF-LIFE HORROR FROM HELL or: IRRADIATED SATAN ROCKS THE WORLD! And recently, he was placed in charge of filming the SWELLCO & SWELLCO VIDEO CIRCUS! His next feature DAISY DERKINS vs. THE BLOODTHIRSTY BEAST OF BARREN PINES goes into production soon!)

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