Welcome back to Strange Times & Places, where I’ve obviously been in something of a Godzilla mood of late. As a result, we’re looking at the IDW mini-series Godzilla: Cataclysm.
How’s It Different?
It’s an Imaginary Story, in as much as there is any definitive Godzilla canon. It depicts a world where a catastrophic global war between the kaiju broke out twenty years ago and humanity is stuck living in the ruins of their once-great cities.
What’s The Story?
Hiroshi is an old man living with his adult grandson in a small human village amidst the ruins of Tokyo. In the decades since the kaiju destroyed the world, they’ve become the objects of worship…but Hiroshi prays every day that they never return. His prayers prove futile when the growth of Biollante near the settlement draws Godzilla back to the area, and he brings his enemies and allies alike back with him…
Best of Differences
- The world ends as a result of humankind attempting to use psychics to mentally control the kaiju. This works well for a time, but inadvertently triggers a berserker rage when they attempt to spread that control too thin…and momentarily link every monster in the world to a VERY angry Godzilla.
- Biollante lives up to its creator’s hopes by offering humankind something long thought lost – hope for the blighted landscape.
- Swarms of Megaguirus, Meganula, and Kamacuras – insectoid kaiju of dragonflies and mantises respectively – make life even harder for the few human survivors by devouring plants and wildlife that the larger kaiju might ignore.
- Destroyah serves as the ultimate threat in the series, hunting human survivors in his smaller colony form and giving the combined might of Godzilla, Mothra, and Biollante a run for their money in his final form.
Come Back Next Week for a New Tokusatsu Gesundheit…Most Likely About Godzilla