Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #18
|Godzilla: Rulers of Earth|
"The ultimate invasion has begun! Battra and Kumonga begin a ferocious battle that could destroy Monster Islands completely. Meanwhile, Godzilla has his hands full with a new monster he has yet to battle!"
Two weeks ago, a mining operation in Brazil discovered a cave full of dozens of mysterious blue eggs. A boat brought the eggs to Sao Paolo as the workers who stayed behind were devoured by Meganulon, and a much larger creature emerged from the cave.
In the present, Lucy reels from her psychic vision as Meganulon continue to hatch from the eggs. Jason hands his camera off to Kristina as he carries Lucy to safety. She recovers after Kristina drops the camera, and saves both her and Jason with a well-timed kick. Meanwhile, Godzilla throws Ebirah into the city, where the crustacean is briefly swarmed by Meganulon. As Godzilla gains the upper hand, Jason commandeers a car so the trio can get clear of the battleground. Lucy recalls Ebirah's name from her time spent on Infant Island -- as well as the name of the gigantic dragonfly rapidly approaching the city, Megaguirus.
Megaguirus easily evades Godzilla's atomic ray while impaling Ebirah with her stinger. Already battered from his fight with Godzilla, Ebirah retreats into the sea. From a safe distance away, Lucy recounts to Kristina the Shobijin's warning: the last time Earth's monsters appeared in such numbers, it was to join forces against a malevolent "outside force." Meanwhile, Godzilla manages to knock Megaguirus flat with a nuclear pulse, but leaves himself open to a strike from her stinger. Having drained his energy, she renders him unconscious with a massive atomic energy ball and carries him away from the city.
Lucy, Kristina, and Jason touch base with Woods and Chavez, who are tracking Megaguirus and Godzilla's movements from the CKR Command Center. Their investigation is interrupted by a report of two Mothra larvae swimming towards the Monster Islands, both badly hurt and with the Shobijin in tow. In Brazil, Megaguirus drops Godzilla into the cave, where he finds himself surrounded by Meganulon and Meganula.
- Baragon (cameo)
- Gaira (cameo)
- Rodan (cameo)
- Battra (Cover A)
Weapons, vehicles, and races
- Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Monster Islands
- Cover A depicts a battle between Battra and the adult Mothra, which would not be told until the following issue. Neither character appears in this issue.
- The official synopsis adds to the confusion by stating that Kumonga, who also does not appear in the issue, is the kaiju who fights Battra.
- The panel where Godzilla throws Ebirah over his shoulder and into Sao Paulo is almost identical to a famous production still from Ebirah, Horror of the Deep. Two of the characters running from the kaiju on this page closely resemble Ishiro Serizawa and Vivienne Graham from Legendary Pictures' Godzilla.
- Rita, the boat which transports the Meganulon eggs to Sao Paulo, is named after and resembles the vessel where much of the film Creature from the Black Lagoon takes places.
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