Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths
Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths is a comic book mini-series by IDW Publishing, written by John Layman and illustrated by Alberto Ponticelli. It ran for five issues from June 15 to October 19, 2011. The series follows Detective Makoto Sato, whose quest to bring down the Takahashi Crime Syndicate leads to him ending up on Monster Island. After encountering Mothra's tiny priestesses known as the Elias, Sato hatches a desperate plan to bring the Elias to Tokyo so that Mothra will follow and destroy Takahashi's criminal empire. Things quickly go awry as evil yakuza boss Ryota Takahashi kidnaps the Elias himself with the intention of using them to rule Tokyo, attracting all of the denizens of Monster Island, including Godzilla himself, to the city. Now, Sato must work to fix the mess he created with the help of his two sons and G-Force's retired Mechagodzilla.
Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths was republished as part of the Godzilla: World of Monsters trade paperback in August 2021, along with Godzilla: Cataclysm and Godzilla: Oblivion. It will be republished again as part of the Godzilla Library Collection, Vol. 1 paperback in October 2023, along with Godzilla: Legends and Godzilla: The Half-Century War. Saldapress translated and released the series in Italy across three issues from October 2019 to December 2020.
The series has received positive reviews from comic book critics and fans alike. Toho Kingdom called it "one of the more thought out and clever interpretations of the Godzilla universe," and reviewer Destroyer14 from ComicBookMovie described it as "surprisingly excellent."
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- After Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths concluded, writer John Layman unsuccessfully proposed a follow-up called Godzilla: Lolitas & Levithans "about a Tokyo biker girl gang that uncovers an aliens-among-us plot that ultimately unleashes Space Godzilla." Matt Frank prepared concept sketches for this pitch.
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