Godzilla: Rulers of Earth
Godzilla: Rulers of Earth (ゴジラ ルーラーズ オブ アース is a comic book series by Gojira Rūrāzu Obu Āsu)IDW Publishing, which ran from June 2013 to July 2015. At 25 issues in length, it is currently the longest-running Godzilla comic in the history of the franchise, one issue longer than Marvel's Godzilla, King of the Monsters.The series was written by Chris Mowry, who had previously written Godzilla: Legends #4, with art by Matt Frank and Jeff Zornow and colors by Priscilla Tramontano.
Set in the same universe as IDW's previous ongoing titles, Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters and Godzilla: Ongoing, the plot of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth primarily concerns an alien invasion by a race called the Cryogs, initially supported by the undersea Devonian civilization. At the same time, more and more of Earth's ancient monsters are appearing around the globe.
Rulers of Earth was the first American Godzilla comic series to be published in Japan, where it was licensed by PHASE6. It was followed by Godzilla: Rage Across Time and Godzilla: Legends in 2019 and 2020.
IDW Limited version of Volume 1, sold for 72 hours in December 2013
Trilopod character sheet
Trilopod Alpha concept art by Matt Frank
Trilopod Beta concept art by Matt Frank
Trilopod Beta concept art by Jeff Zornow
Press release for Japanese publication from PHASE6
Artwork celebrating Godzilla's 60th anniversary, featuring all Godzillas and Zilla by Matt Frank
Artwork celebrating Valentine's Day 2015 by Jeff Zornow
- Godzilla: Rulers of Earth marked the first comic appearances of Zilla, Gezora, Manda, Jet Jaguar, Gaira, Sanda, Varan, King Caesar, MOGUERA, Orga and Biollante, as well as Gezora's first non-video game appearance. It also became the first official piece of media to use Gezora, Sanda, and Gaira's copyright icons.
- This series marked the return of human protagonist Steven Woods from Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters.
- The Trilopods, who were introduced in issue #20, were the first major original monsters to appear in the IDW Godzilla comics.
- This series contains many cameos and Easter eggs, even for things outside of the Godzilla franchise, such as the logo of the Science Special Search Party from Ultraman appearing on a laptop.
- Facebook page
- IDW interview with Chris Mowry (undated, but published before the first issue)
- Kaijucast interview with Chris Mowry and Matt Frank (June 2013)
- G-Fest panel with Matt Frank and Jeff Zornow(July 2015)
- Toho Kingdom interview with Matt Frank and Chris Mowry (September 2015)
- Japanese Rulers of Earth Vol. 1 listing from publisher PHASE6
- Japanese Rulers of Earth Vol. 2 listing from publisher PHASE6
- Japanese Rulers of Earth Vol. 3 listing from publisher PHASE6
- Japanese Rulers of Earth Vol. 4 listing from publisher PHASE6
- Japanese Rulers of Earth Vol. 5 listing from publisher PHASE6
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