Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors - All Hail the King! #1

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Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors -
All Hail the King!
Cover A of issue #1 by Dan Schoening
Written by Erik Burnham
Art by Dan Schoening
Cover by
  • Dan Schoening (CVR A)
  • Andrea Bell (CVR B)
  • John Yurcaba (CVR RI)
  • Matt Frank (online exclusive)
Colors by Luis Antonio Delgado
Letters by Nathan Widick
Edits by
  • Jazmine Joyner
  • Tom Waltz (supervising)
Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors
- All Hail the King!

Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors - All Hail the King! #1 is an IDW Publishing comic book. It was released on October 12, 2022.


It’s been a year, and to Cedric’s dismay, there have been no more Godzilla sightings. Sure, that means no destruction, but it was also his vlog’s most popular series of videos. He needs new content! His views are dropping, and he’s running out of ideas. He’s being called out for lying by cyberbullies Dragon, who are trying to see if Cedric really has the Godzilla chops, and Karen Higa, who has her own agenda. There’s more going on beneath the surface, but will Cedric find out what before something deadlier than Godzilla rears its head?[1]


En route to school, Cedric Nishimura shows his friends Emily Hill and Anderson Scott a sprite comic he made for his vlog, using Godzilla to tell people not to litter. They are both unimpressed and suggest that he should be embarrassed by it, but he explains that he is desperate for content for his vlog so it can become popular again. Cedric mentions how the Shobijin had told him and his friends to bring a message to the world, but that he cannot be an influencer without views. Cedric then receives an online message from a troll with the username Dragon, who has been harassing him for months and demanding that he prove his connection to Godzilla. Emily says that Cedric should never have told the internet about their connection to Godzilla and accuses him of doing it to become famous and get free stuff.

Unbeknownst to Cedric, Dragon is actually an agent of the hostile alien force known as the Xiliens, and has been tasked by their leader Commander Z to determine whether Cedric's connection to Godzilla is real. Commander Z is unsatisfied with Dragon's progress and explains that while their people have conquered a thousand planets across the universe with ease, they cannot hope to conquer Earth until they know more about the monsters which live there. He shows Dragon the Dream Sifter, a device he brought from Planet X which will allow the Xiliens to tap into the dreams of every living creature on Earth and learn things they would not otherwise tell them. With this, Commander Z hopes they will be able to determine whether the monsters defend the creatures of the planet or simply the planet itself.

One night, Cedric has a dream from the point of view of Godzilla himself in which he confronts Gabara. Coursing with electricity, the beast leaps at Godzilla but is brought to his knees by a blast of atomic breath. The sky begins to glow yellow and rumble, after which several massive bolts of yellow lightning strike the ground in front of Godzilla. At school the following day, Cedric learns that Emily and Anderson had the same dream, which Cedric interprets as evidence of their psychic connection to Godzilla. His friends remind him that they don't want Godzilla to become active again, as that means something bad will happen. Cedric dismisses their concerns, confident that since Godzilla is on their side he will take care of any trouble, plus it will provide content to make his vlog popular again. Emily recalls how the Shobijin told them they would always be connected to Godzilla, and wonders if that meant they would dream what he dreams too.

During gym class, Cedric and his friends continue to discuss the potential meaning of their dream, but are greeted by a new student from Okinawa named Karen Higa. Cedric asks why she came to an American school, and she explains that she and her parents had seen his vlog and she transferred here so she could ask him about Godzilla. Cedric is excited to talk to a fan and asks if Karen wants to know what Mothra smells like. She replies that her family has been curious about people who might have connected with kaiju. Cedric insists that his connection to Godzilla is real, and says that Mothra smells like maple syrup. Karen says she didn't mean to upset Cedric, but Emily mentions how he is upset about trolls demanding he provide evidence of his bond with Godzilla, causing him to angrily storm off. Cedric later uploads a new episode of his vlog, expressing his disappointment that little has happened with Godzilla since his experience last year, but mentions how he and his friends have started sharing Godzilla's dreams. In these dreams, he says, they wage battles against other monsters from Godzilla's perspective. He says that since dreams normally happen the most right before waking up, he expects that the dreams mean that Godzilla will be waking up soon.

Aboard the Xiliens' ship, Dragon is watchin Cedric's latest vlog and says that he only is having the dreams because of the Dream Sifter. Just before he can respond to Cedric's vlog with another insult, Commander Z orders everyone to gather in the general assembly room. He explains that the Dream Sifter has helped them learn much about the Earth, and so far there is nothing to suggest that they cannot conquer it. However, he explains, that is not why he has gathered them here today. The Dream Sifter connected to the minds of many of the planet's kaiju, as well as one not of the planet. He explains that this creature could be the key to their conquest, as the monitor behind him shows a gigantic three-headed dragon sleeping within the crater of a volcano in Japan.




  • Cedric Nishimura
  • Emily Hill
  • Anderson Scott
  • Karen Higa
  • Mickey

Weapons, vehicles, and races

  • Xiliens
    • Agent Dragon
    • Commander Z
  • Dream Sifter
  • Shobijin (May and June) [mentioned]




  • This issue marks Gabara's first appearance in an IDW comic. As in his debut film, All Monsters Attack, he appears solely within a dream.
  • Godzilla performs the shē dance at the end of Cedric's sprite comic, just as he did in Invasion of Astro-Monster, the debut film of the Xiliens.
  • The Xiliens' Dream Sifter strongly resembles the unnamed device the aliens used in Invasion of Astro-Monster to release Godzilla and Rodan out of stasis upon their arrival on Planet X.
  • A room on the Xiliens' ship heavily resembles the control room of the Xiliens' underground Planet X base in Invasion of Astro-Monster, featuring the same desk the Controller of Planet X sits at and the red monitor screen behind it.
  • One of the students in Cedric's school, seen only from the back, resembles the character Dustin Henderson from the Netflix series Stranger Things.
  • The scene depicted on Dan Schoening's cover A for this issue resembles the interior of the Controller of Planet X's UFO in Invasion of Astro-Monster.
  • The online exclusive cover for this issue marks Matt Frank's first work on an IDW Godzilla comic since Godzilla: Rage Across Time #1 in 2016.


This is a list of references for Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors - All Hail the King! issue 1. 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. "The King of the Monsters Rises Again in Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors—All Hail The King! From Returning Creative Team Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening". IDW. 23 July 2022.


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