Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors - All Hail the King! #5
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Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors - All Hail the King! #5 is a comic book from IDW Publishing. It was released on February 8, 2023.
It's King Caesar and Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah for the fate of the world! Both humanity and the would-be conquerors, the Xiliens, are watching the battle with great interest. But even if Godzilla and King Caesar beat King Ghidorah, can they resist the urge to throw down with each other? Of course they can't! But the citizens of Tokyo still better hope their fight is a short one! All Hail the King ends here! 
Cedric and his classmates try to convince their teacher Ms. Benton to let them drive her car to see the battle between Godzilla and King Ghidorah up close, but instead she launches a drone equipped with a camera to view the action from a safe distance. As the drone hovers above the battling kaiju, the kids notice that Godzilla still seems weakened from his previous battle with Ghidorah, leaving him at a disadvantage as his foe hovers above him and courses with electrical energy. Anderson remarks that Ghidorah continuously dodges Godzilla's attacks and suggests that Godzilla should fake him out using a nearby observation tower. As if hearing the suggestion, Godzilla strikes the tower with his tail and launches it in the air, prompting Ghidorah to dodge it. Godzilla uses this opening to blast Ghidorah in the wing with his atomic breath, knocking him out of the sky. Emily questions if Godzilla actually followed Anderson's suggestion, with Anderson recalling how the Shobijin said they were connected to Godzilla, though he says he did not expect the connection to be that strong. Cedric and the others then take turns suggesting moves for Godzilla to use against Ghidorah, which he follows save for Cedric's suggestion to use wrestling techniques. Cedric is frustrated, with Karen saying he is just distracting Godzilla. Her words seem to be borne out when Godzilla leaves himself open to a head-butt from Ghidorah that knocks him into a nearby body of water, which Ghidorah electrocutes with his gravity beams.
Ms. Benton suggests that they evacuate the school, though Emily argues that Godzilla isn't beaten yet. Cedric and Karen continue to bicker with each other, but Anderson calls their attention to the video feed, which shows Ghidorah ceasing his attack as something approaches from the water. King Caesar leaps from the water and kicks Ghidorah in the face. Ghidorah retaliates with his gravity beams, which the guardian harmlessly absorbs before firing the energy back through lasers from his eyes. Enraged, Ghidorah's left and right heads bite down on King Caesar's shoulders before the central head slams into his face. With King Caesar stunned, Ghidorah trips him by swinging one of his tails at his feet. However, Godzilla recovers and fires his atomic breath at Ghidorah's back. Godzilla and King Caesar work together to pummel Ghidorah's heads until the space monster takes flight and attempts to retreat. Before he can escape, Godzilla tackles him into the water and drags him under. After a few moments, only Godzilla surfaces, his foe defeated.
Emily and Anderson celebrate, but Cedric and Karen begin to argue again over which monster deserved the most credit for the victory. Their hostile thoughts reach both Godzilla and King Caesar, who turn on each other and begin to fight. The others try to get Cedric and Karen to calm down, but they do not listen. Anderson and Emily realize that the others' argument is causing Godzilla and King Caesar to fight, so Emily splashes a cup of water at them to force them to stop. Once Cedric and Karen come to their senses and apologize to each other, the two kaiju cease fighting and go their separate ways.
In the aftermath of the battle, Cedric updates his viewers about the recent events on his vlog, and mocks Dragon for doubting his connection to Godzilla. Enraged, Dragon tears the tablet he is using to watch the vlog in half. Commander Z asks if Dragon has something to report, and the latter replies that he now realizes that the children are able to summon Godzilla to help. The Commander assures Dragon that reinforcements from Planet X are on their way, and will deal with this threat soon enough. Dragon asks if those were the same reinforcements they had previously called to come fight Ghidorah, which Commander Z confirms. He says that he isn't ready to give up on using Ghidorah as an invasion weapon, and believes that more powerful bionic parts will allow them to keep him under control in the future. Commander Z proclaims that Mecha-King Ghidorah will allow them to destroy Godzilla and conquer the Earth, as a fleet of Xilien submersibles closes in on the unconscious King Ghidorah on the sea floor.
Weapons, vehicles, and races
- A MeToob thumbnail depicts Godzilla, King Ghidorah, and King Caesar in the art style of Godzilland; in addition, the RC Godzilla seen in the thumbnail below it closely resembles a 1984 toy from the Godzilland line. A third thumbnail, partially cut off on the webpage, shows the word "Mystery" and a picture of a creature which resembles the turtle-like Mysterious Bones from Mothra vs. Godzilla.
- The Gotengo is visible as part of the Xiliens' fleet of submersibles on the issue's final page.
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