Godzilla’s no stranger to the comic book world, but a new deal between Toho and comics publisher IDW is bringing him back to the forefront — and the King of all Kaiju is bringing some friends (and frenemies) with him.
Announced by the two companies this week, IDW now has the licence to bring Godzilla and a whole host of beloved Kaiju like Mothra and Rodan to its portfolio of comics and merchandise starting in 2021. Building on a prior deal between the two that covered multiple Godzilla comic series, this new deal now also covers art and colouring books, journals, tabletop games, puzzles, and other paraphernalia. But the most interesting will come from the kaiju invasion stomping its way back into IDW’s lines of comics, trade collections, and graphic novels.
The partnership is starting out with a currently-untiled Middle-Grade miniseries. Written by Erik Burnham, and with art and colours from Dan Schoening and Luis Antonio Delgado, respectively, the five-issue series is set to begin in April and, if the teaser art is anything to go by, is about Big G making some very small friends:
D’aww. Just…don’t stomp on them, big guy. With next year being a big one for Godzilla in the west with the arrival of Godzilla vs. Kong (in theatres and now day-and-date on HBO Max), it’s the perfect time to get Godzilla in as many places as possible. But it’ll be interesting to see just how many of these projects lean on Godzilla himself, or if we’ll really get a variety and scope reflective of Toho’s cavalcade of giant monsters. King Caesar OGN when?