Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #17
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"Government experiments with new forms of energy bring unintended consequences... in the form of SpaceGodzilla! Before he returns to Earth, he'll have to do battle with an unexpected foe! Meanwhile, Godzilla has his hands full with a monster he's never fought before!"
Godzilla and Anguirus depart the ruined Dyachenko Offensive Robotics and Technologies Facility after driving off Mecha-King Ghidorah and the Mechagodzillas in the previous issue. Lucy and Chavez notice a Cryog ship flee the scene shortly thereafter, flanked by two more Mechagodzillas. The spetsnaz recover Minette and Mallory, both unconscious, from the site's remains. When Lucy joins their hands together, she is struck with a terrifying psychic vision involved a Cryog fleet, Godzilla, King Caesar, twin Mothra larva, and a pair of mysterious bladed arms. A Russian soldier aims a pistol at her, accusing her of being a Cryog in disguise, but the standoff is resolved with the arrival of Kiryu. Watching an exhausted Godzilla and Anguirus return to the sea, Steven Woods declares his official return to the CKR.
Two weeks later, the Cryog commander Rhizon, while on a warship orbiting the moon, laments the depletion of the Mechagodzilla fleet and the loss of Mecha-King Ghidorah, who departed through a mysterious portal. One of his underlings reports another kaiju in the area, who is quickly revealed to be SpaceGodzilla as he approaches their position. The two Mechagodzillas, not designed for combat in space, fall within seconds, and the ship's own cannons have no effect on the crystalline creature. As a last resort, the commander orders Gigan into battle. The cyborg throws SpaceGodzilla off balance with his new grappling hooks, but finds himself encased in crystals. He breaks out of them with his buzzsaw, and fragments of his brief prison fall to Earth. One of the crystals lands near Godzilla in the South Atlantic Ocean, awakening an angry Ebirah.
Gigan begins to gain the upper hand against SpaceGodzilla, slicing off a piece of his right shoulder crystal, but is forced to sever his own arm when SpaceGodzilla shifts into his flying form at close range. As he writhes in pain, SpaceGodzilla heads for Earth. Meanwhile, Lucy, Kristina, and Jason arrive in Sao Paolo, Brazil, to investigate a group of strange eggs. Once they enter the town, all hell breaks loose: Godzilla and Ebirah burst out of the harbor, Lucy is wracked with pain as Minette and Mallory deliver another psychic vision, and Meganulon start to hatch from the eggs.
- King Caesar (vision)
- Mothra (vision)
- Trilopod (vision)
- Mecha-King Ghidorah (mentioned)
Weapons, vehicles, and races
- Outer Space
- Atlantic Ocean
- Sao Paulo, Brazil
- The arms of a Trilopod appear in Lucy's first vision in this issue. The Trilopods are not revealed in full until issue #19.
- This issue is the first Godzilla story to acknowledge the existence of a Ghidorah species, with Rhizon speculating that Mecha-King Ghidorah left the Solar System to "call on another of its kind." King Ghidorah, bearing the character's Showa design, would appear via flashback in issue #24. According to Matt Frank, the intended implication was that this was a separate King Ghidorah.
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