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.
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. 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. It was followed by a sequel miniseries, Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors - All Hail the King!, which ran from October 2022 to February 2023. The story of both miniseries will be concluded in an upcoming one-shot, Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors - Summer Smash, set for publication on July 26, 2023.
A five-issue Godzilla miniseries was announced on December 2, 2020 as part of IDW Publishing's renewal of the Godzilla license. Its title, Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors, was revealed by IDW senior editor Tom Waltz on Twitter on January 19, 2021. The following day, the cover and synopsis of the first issue was released by SciFi Japan. SYFY WIRE published the first five pages of the first issue on April 12.
- Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors is the only Godzilla miniseries published by IDW to receive two sequels.
- This is the first IDW 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 using their telepathic abilities, but Toho vetoed the idea. On the finalized cover of the first issue, these disguises were replaced by images of the separate characters Ann and Steph.
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