Godzilla Rivals: Vs. Mothra
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Godzilla Rivals: Vs. Mothra is the second installment of the IDW Publishing one-shot comic series Godzilla Rivals. It was published on September 15, 2021. Saldapress published an Italian translation of the book on July 14, 2022.
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One night in 1984, a fisherman out on a boat on Lake Ikeda notices the entire lake begin to glow brightly. At Kanoya Air Base, a JSDF Rear Admiral discusses recent rising radiation levels at Rolisican nuclear testing sites with his staff. He moves on to the next order of business, the strange glowing light reported by the fisherman. A Petty Officer jokes that the fisherman must have seen Issie, but the Admiral reminds him that monsters are very real as they learned less than a decade ago. He gives the order to plant depth charges in the lake, to the objections of photojournalist Mima Kinjo. The Admiral reminds her that she is a guest at the briefing and not a soldier, sailor, or scientist, and reiterates his order to destroy whatever is in the lake. Mima drives to Lake Ikeda and dons scuba gear to see what is under the lake. She finds Mothra, bound by chains marked "JSDF." She tries to cut them with a knife, but it breaks as her oxygen levels run out and she is forced to surface. Mima returns to her car and leaves to confront the Admiral about what she found. When Mima arrives at Kanoya Air Base, she finds the personnel scrambling in response to Godzilla being sighted off the coast of Yakushima. The Admiral briefs his men about Godzilla's impending attack and orders them to begin evacuations. Mima bursts into the briefing and suggests that Mothra could defeat Godzilla if she was freed. The Petty Officer is incredulous at the suggestion of unleashing another monster when one is already on its way, but the Admiral tells him to be quiet and dismisses him. The Admiral tells Mima she must have seen Mothra, and Mima responds by saying the Admiral knew what she was and decided to kill her the moment he thought he lost control of her. The Admiral responds that he would do it again, asking Mima where she was the last time Godzilla attacked. She replies that she was with her family at Ishigaki, and the Admiral says that she has no idea what these monsters can do and the destruction they can cause. He tells her to get herself as far away from the monsters as she can, but Mima purchases an underwater blowtorch and returns to Lake Ikeda to free Mothra. Once freed, Mothra bursts out of the lake and flies to the mainland to cocoon herself. Mima watches as Mothra flies away, but is caught by the JSDF and arrested.
The Admiral admonishes Mima in a prison cell for freeing Mothra, saying his men won't be able to stop Mothra if she decides to attack. Mima says she does not regret her actions, and the Admiral asks what she sees in Mothra. He says that monsters do not think like humans and only care about survival, and he chooses humanity's survival over theirs. He tells Mima her job was to observe, and instead she has meddled in matters of which she knows nothing and disobeyed his orders. Mima replies that she does not answer to him, and he exclaims that everyone here answers to him. He says that she will answer in court, but that is the least of her worries as Godzilla has arrived in Japan. The Admiral leaves as Godzilla approaches Kagoshima, with Mima watching the news report from her cell. Suddenly, the Shobijin appear before Mima in her cell and tell her not to be afraid. They explain that they are the bridge between humanity and Mothra, and speak on her behalf when she cannot. They say that Mothra must regain her strength in order to face Godzilla. Godzilla surfaces from Kinko Bay, with fighter jets firing missiles at him. Godzilla withstands a barrage of missiles and swats nearby battleships with his tail, destroying them. The Admiral waits at Kanoya Air Base, and is informed of the mounting casualties. He frees Mima from her cell, saying he does not condone her actions but does not have any other options. He informs her that Mothra was last sighted at Sengan-en. Mima drives through Kagoshima as Godzilla rampages through the city, and is struck by another vehicle. She leaves her car with her camera and a knife, and borrows a bicycle from the back of the truck that hit her car. The Admiral meanwhile commandeers a fighter jet, despite the protests of the Petty Officer, refusing to stand by on the ground as his men give up their lives. Mima rides to Sengan-en and finds Mothra's cocoon. The Shobijin inform her that Mothra cannot free herself without aid, so Mima uses the knife to cut into Mothra's cocoon.
The Admiral's jet flies over Kagoshima and fires missiles at Godzilla as he charges his atomic breath and aims it at a fleeing crowd. Godzilla turns his head, and the jet flies right past his face, its wing slicing into Godzilla's eye and drawing blood. Enraged, Godzilla swipes at the jet before hitting it with a blast of atomic breath. The damaged jet then crashes into the bay. Mothra flies overhead and confronts Godzilla, who headbutts her before she retaliates with an antenna beam and pushes Godzilla back by generating a gust of wind with her wings. Godzilla scratches at Mothra's wing and kicks her, but she spits a stream of silk at his foot which causes him to fall backward. Mima rushes to take photographs of the battle as Godzilla fires his atomic breath at Mothra. Mima sees the Admiral washed up on the beach and rescues him while Godzilla and Mothra duel in the distance. Mothra slams Godzilla with her abdomen, then begins spraying silk into the air. Godzilla tackles Mothra as the silk surrounds them both, but she fires an antenna beam at his face. Godzilla bites down onto Mothra's wing and draws blood before tearing off a piece of it. Mothra continues spraying silk until both she and Godzilla are encased within a giant cocoon which falls into the water and sinks. Mima and the Admiral watch from the beach, with Mima remarking that Mothra imprisoned herself with Godzilla to save them. Mima says this isn't the puff piece she was assigned to write, to which the admiral responds by asking if that's a good thing. She says it is, but that she definitely missed her deadline.
Some time later, at the bottom of the ocean, Godzilla's hand bursts free of the cocoon.
- Mary Kenney is the first woman to write a Godzilla comic.
- Lake Ikeda is the same location where Mothra emerges in Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. The lake is popularly held to be the home of the cryptid known as Issie, who is mentioned in the issue.
- The fictional nation of Rolisica, featured in Mothra's debut film, is mentioned in this issue. As in the film, it is mentioned that Rolisica has conducted nuclear tests.
- This is the first Godzilla comic from IDW Publishing to use the 84Goji design for Godzilla. Previously, the design had only appeared on an alternate cover for Godzilla: Oblivion #4 illustrated by Jeff Zornow.
- This comic was advertised at the end of the previous installment in the series, Godzilla Rivals: Vs. Hedorah. Likewise, it ends with an advertisement for the next entry, Godzilla Rivals: Vs. King Ghidorah.
- The Italian variant cover for this comic uses Arthur Adams' cover A art for Godzilla: Legends #5.
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