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    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #2 Preview

    Godzilla goes to war with his American imitator in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #2, coming August 6th from IDW Publishing. Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2013 Toho Co., Ltd.

    An Exclusive Sneak Peek at the War of the `Zillas Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Nate Murray, Matt Frank and Kahlil Schweitzer

    A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE

    IDW Publishing has sent SciFi Japan a preview of the first five pages from issue #2 of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, their new ongoing Godzilla comic book series by writer Chris Mowry and artist Matt Frank. The issue -- featuring a battle between Godzilla and Zilla (aka the American Godzilla) -- arrives at comic shops and retailers next week.

    Advertisement for Godzilla: Rulers of Earth. Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2013 Toho Co., Ltd.

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth follows on the heels of IDW`s 13-issue Godzilla series and two mini-series, Godzilla: Legends and Godzilla: The Half-Century War. In the wake of humanity`s war on Godzilla, a host of new monsters will rise up, determined to stake claim on mankind`s greatest asset... the Earth itself! "While we had a lot of fun with the Godzilla: Legends series, they were just single issues," said series writer Chris Mowry. "What we`re doing with this series is giving readers that same focus on monsters that Legends had, while telling stories set in IDW`s established Godzilla universe. Readers can look forward to the return of some of our human cast and the introduction of a number of new ones, but the monster roster is larger than it has ever been, using nearly all of Toho`s film creations to give readers battles never before seen. Many of these monsters having never appeared in the comic book/manga medium, so who better to change that but monster artist extraordinaire, Matt Frank?" "Whether it be Moguera, Biollante, or Gorosaurus, every Toho fanatic has their own favorite monster," said series Editor Bobby Curnow. "Now it`s time to see these kaiju in action, and Godzilla: Rulers of Earth won`t fail to deliver the goods. It`s been a blast to watch Chris and Matt bring their passion to the page." In Rulers of Earth, the entire world is opened up to the flying, stomping, smashing terror that can only come from the gnashing fangs, slashing claws, and otherworldly powers of destruction that these giant monsters wield. What will Godzilla do when he`s suddenly not the only giant lizard in our small pond? Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #2 Preview

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #2, Page 1. Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2013 Toho Co., Ltd.
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    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Series Overview

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #1 wraparound cover by Matt Frank. Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2013 Toho Co., Ltd.
    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #1 Retailer Incentive cover by Bob Eggleton. Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2013 Toho Co., Ltd.

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #1 Writer: Chris Mowry Artist: Matt Frank Colors: Rhonda Pattison Editor: Bobby Curnow Cover: Matt Frank

    The Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #1 Subscription Variant features a Gigan cover by Art Adams. Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2013 Toho Co., Ltd.

    In-Store Date: June 19, 2013 Pages: 32 Price: $3.99 In the wake of the climactic conclusion of Godzilla #13 comes a brand new series! Dozens of new monsters have risen from the depth and are staking out their own territory, regardless of humanity’s political borders! A war of dominance beings... will Godzilla end up on top? First he’ll have to beat a new upstart... Zilla! Retailer Incentive Variant Cover: Bob Eggleton For every ten copies of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #1 ordered, retailers also received one bonus copy with a variant cover by Bob Eggleton. Subscription Variant Cover: Art Adams Price: $3.99 For subscription customers only... sign up up at your local comic shop for a variant cover by Art Adams!

    Left: Godzilla battles Zilla on the Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #2 cover by Matt Frank: Right: Gigan invades Area 51 on the Retailer Incentive Variant cover by Jeff Zornow. Images courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2013 Toho Co., Ltd.

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #2 Writer: Chris Mowry Artist: Matt Frank Colors: Rhonda Pattison Editor: Bobby Curnow Cover: Matt Frank In-Store Date: August 6, 2013 Pages: 32 Cover Price: $3.99 While the growing monster population continues to take its toll on Earth, an ambitious student named Lucy is ready to set out on a world-wide adventure to unravel the mysteries of the great kaiju...that is, if she can survive the battle between Godzilla and the upstart kaiju, Zilla! Retailer Incentive Variant Cover: Jeff Zornow

    Left: Destoroyah attends Comic-Con on the Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #3 cover by Matt Frank: Right: Manda and Gezora surface on the Retailer Incentive Variant cover by Jeff Zornow. Images courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2013 Toho Co., Ltd.

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #3 Writer: Chris Mowry Artists: Matt Frank and Jeff Zornow Colors: Priscilla Tramontano Editor: Bobby Curnow Cover: Matt Frank Tentative In-Store Date: August 28, 2013 Pages: 32 Cover Price: $3.99 San Diego has become the latest victim of a monstrous invasion from the sea. With Godzilla recovering from his last destructive battle it’s up to a familiar face to fight off the mysterious Destoroyah swarm! Meanwhile, the invaders step up their horrendous plans.. Retailer Incentive Variant Cover: Jeff Zornow

    The Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #4 Retailer Incentive cover by Jeff Zornow. Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2013 Toho Co., Ltd.

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #4 Writer: Chris Mowry Artist: Matt Frank Colors: Rhonda Pattison Editor: Bobby Curnow Cover: Matt Frank Tentative In-Store Date: September 24, 2013 Pages: 32 Cover Price: $3.99 While the CKR forces won the battle in San Diego, the war has just begun! When new forces pit their ultimate weapon against a weakened Godzilla, help from unexpected allies will be needed! The action hits a fever-pitch in an-out gigantic brawl that fans will be talking about for ages to come! Retailer Incentive Variant Cover: Jeff Zornow

    The Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #5 Retailer Incentive cover by Jeff Zornow. Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2013 Toho Co., Ltd.

    Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #5 Writer: Chris Mowry Artist: Jeff Zornow Colors: Rhonda Pattison Editor: Bobby Curnow Cover: Matt Frank Tentative In-Store Date: October 29, 2013 Pages: 32 Cover Price: $3.99 On her first assignment, Lucy and her team witness the battle between the great Rodan and the fearsome Varan! But all is not as it seems...what secrets are being held in the Chinese wilderness? Guest artist Jeff Zornow. Retailer Incentive Variant Cover: Jeff Zornow

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    About IDW Publishing

    IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro`s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount`s Star Trek; HBO`s True Blood; the BBC`s DOCTOR WHO; Toho`s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio. IDW`s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Warner Brothers and Barry Sonnenfeld are attached to adapt LORE into a feature film starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, with Michael Bay`s Platinum Dunes and Sony bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.

    About Toho Co., Ltd.

    Founded in 1932 and headquartered in Tokyo, Toho Company, Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of twenty-eight Godzilla motion pictures, based upon a character the company unleashed on the world back in 1954, and masterpiece films directed by Akira Kurosawa. Toho has been the number one distributor of motion pictures in Japan (both domestic and foreign) for eight consecutive years since 2003. The company is also, throughout Japan, the leading producer of theatrical works and one of the largest owners of office buildings and theaters.


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