Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors

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Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors
This page is about the 2021 comic miniseries. For its 2022 sequel, see Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors - All Hail the King!. For the 2023 one-shot which concludes the story, see Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors - Summer Smash. For the 2024 paperback collection of all three comics, see Godzilla: The Complete Monsters & Protectors.

Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors is a middle-grade Godzilla comic miniseries published by IDW Comics from April to August 2021. The company's first new Godzilla comic since Godzilla: Rage Across Time in 2016, it is a five-issue collaboration between Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening and Luis Antonio Delgado.[1] The comic's story follows eighth grader Cedric Nishimura who, with the help of his classmates and the Shobijin of Infant Island, attempts to prevent Godzilla from destroying mankind in retaliation for the environmentally destructive activities of the Linival Corporation. The Linival Corporation has its own plan to deal with Godzilla: a genetically-engineered plant hybrid clone dubbed Biollante. IDW published a trade paperback collecting the miniseries, Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors - Rise Up!, on March 22, 2022.[2] It was followed by a sequel five-issue miniseries, Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors - All Hail the King!, which ran from October 2022 to February 2023. The story of both miniseries was concluded in a one-shot, Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors - Summer Smash, which was published on July 26, 2023. All three Monsters & Protectors comics will be collected together in the Godzilla: The Complete Monsters & Protectors trade paperback on August 27, 2024.



A five-issue Godzilla miniseries was announced on December 2, 2020 as part of IDW Publishing's renewal of the Godzilla license.[1] Its title, Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors, was revealed by IDW senior editor Tom Waltz on Twitter on January 19, 2021.[3] The following day, the cover and synopsis of the first issue was released by SciFi Japan.[4] SYFY WIRE published the first five pages of the first issue on April 12.[5]

Trade paperbacks



The Shobijin's unused human disguises from an early cover for Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors #1
  • Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors was the first Godzilla miniseries published by IDW to receive a sequel, and remains the only such comic to receive multiple sequels.
  • This is the first of IDW's Godzilla comic series in which Rodan does not appear in any capacity, having appeared in all 10 of IDW's preceding series.
  • According to author Erik Burnham, the Shobijin were originally meant to create human-sized disguises for themselves using their telepathic abilities, but Toho vetoed the idea.[6] On the finalized cover of the first issue, these disguises were replaced by images of the separate characters Ann and Steph.


This is a list of references for Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 McMillan, Graeme (2 December 2020). "'Godzilla' Publishing Deal Set Between IDW and Toho". The Hollywood Reporter.
  2. "Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors - Rise Up!". Amazon. Retrieved 26 December 2021.
  3. Waltz, Tom (19 January 2021). "So you thought the upcoming #GodzillaVsKong movie's the only thing that can blast you with a beastly tease? Wrong! @IDWPublishing's got one for you, too! #Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors - Roaring into comic stores Spring 2021! @erikburnham @dannyschoening #LuisAntonioDelgado". Twitter.
  4. "IDW Solicits Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors #1 For April 2021". SciFi Japan. 20 January 2021.
  5. Spry, Jeff (12 April 2021). "First look: The King of Monsters stomps back to comics in IDW's Godzilla: Monsters and Protectors". SYFY WIRE.
  6. eburnham (3 May 2021). "IDW's GODZILLA General Discussion". Toho Kingdom.


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