Godzilla Rivals: Vs. Mechagodzilla
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IS YOUR CITY BESIEGED BY KAIJU? DO YOU LIE AWAKE AT NIGHT ANXIOUSLY LISTENING FOR THE MONSTER SIRENS? HAVE YOU HAD ALL YOU CAN TAKE OF GIANT LIZARDS, MOTHS, PTERODACTYLS, AND SHRIMP? THEN CALL TRACER TECH TODAY! OUR STATE-OF-THE-ART ANTI-KAIJU TECHNOLOGY HAS ALLOWED DOZENS OF CITIES AROUND THE WORLD TO FEND OFF THE THREAT OF MONSTER ATTACK.
San Palomar, California. It’s a sleepy city with not much going on. That is, until Tracer Tech built their new corporate headquarters there, displacing lifelong citizens and forcing out local businesses. But what is the source of Tracer’s amazing, almost alien technology, and why has it put San Palomar in Godzilla’s sights? And what can a couple of local kids like Alex and Jaz do to protect their city when the King of the Monsters and its robot doppelgänger clash?
2074: Tracer Tech, a company specializing in anti-kaiju weaponry, has all but taken over San Palomar, California. Company security scatters protestors with sonic guns before the CEO, Derek Tracer, gives a press conference. He announces his company's greatest product yet: Mechagodzilla. Two young protestors, Alex and Jaz, are collected by their friend Erina in her van. Over lunch, she shares with them her plan to break into Tracer headquarters and reveal their illegal business dealings, and they are all too eager to help.
Local reporter Karla Enriquez breaks the news that Godzilla has been sighted slumbering off the coast of San Palomar, his dorsal fins sticking out above the water. A drone operator watching other kaiju attack cities around the world on monitors and acting on unseen orders sends a drone splashing down right next to Godzilla, waking him up. In Mechagodzilla's hanger, Daniels reports to Tracer that Mechagodzilla's code still has some significant glitches. Meanwhile, Erina's fake security badges grant her, Alex, and Jaz access to Tracer headquarters.
Godzilla makes landfall in San Palomar, destroying the tanks opposing him with atomic breath. Despite the risks, Tracer orders Mechagodzilla into the field. The machine lands a solid hit with its shoulder cannons, only to power down. As Godzilla charges, it reactivates, grappling him before driving him back into the sea with its jet boosters. Before it can fire its Twin Maser Cannon, however, it shuts off again. Tracer orders Daniels to have a maintenance team fix it as soon as possible. Having changed into Tracer Tech uniforms, Erina, Alex, and Jaz descend to the company's servers. She downloads the needed files, secretly leaving behind a flash drive with an "X" marked on it.
Daniels reports that Mechagodzilla has been hacked - presumably through their own satellites. The machine's eyes glow red and it engages a squadron of fighter jets. As he evacuates, Tracer discovers Erina's flash drive. Godzilla rejoins the battle outside with a blast of atomic breath which destroys Mechagodzilla's right eye. It counters a second ray with its Twin Maser Cannon, then tackles Godzilla and flies him out to sea as they engage in another beam-lock. Neither combatant emerges from the waves. Daniels offers faint hope that Tracer can rebuild, while Erina, Alex, and Jaz head home.
Erina leaks the files the next day, prompting numerous investigations into Tracer Tech. Godzilla, still alive, departs for deeper waters. Erina ducks out of a meal with Alex and Jaz; once she's far from San Palomar, she calls her Xilien superiors to report that her mission was a success. With Gigan and King Ghidorah already waiting in the wings, they plan to add Mechagodzilla to their collection of horrors.
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- This is the first Godzilla Rivals issue to pit a monster against Godzilla himself since Godzilla Rivals: Vs. Gigan.
- The comic was originally set for release on October 25, before being delayed to November 15.
- This issue marks the first starring role of Mechagodzilla in Godzilla Rivals and third appearance overall, after its cameo in Godzilla Rivals: Vs. King Ghidorah and supporting role in Rodan Vs. Ebirah.
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