It's Day One of New York Comic Con 2010, and we already have one monstrous piece of exclusive news to bring you, Splash Page readers!
The King of the Monsters, Godzilla, will return to the comics world in 2011 with a brand new series, courtesy of a partnership between IDW Publishing and Toho Co., Ltd. And the most famous monster ever to stomp on downtown Tokyo won't be alone when he makes his triumphant return, either — he'll welcome a host of old and new monsters making cameos in the comic.
"We wanted Godzilla to return to comics, but this time we wanted him to have some company," said Chris Ryall, Editor-in Chief for IDW Publishing. "I think fans will be pleased with the monster guest appearances, which will really offer something for every fan of these films. There are the classic characters, but there are also a few surprises, too."
The new series will kick off February 2011, and promises appearances from Mothra, King Ghidorah, and Rodan, among other notable monsters from Godzilla's universe.
As Godzilla fans know, this is far from the monster's first appearance in the comics world, as Toho's roaring, atomic-breath spewing creation smashed his way through the pages of comics for several decades, including memorable runs at Marvel Comics and Dark Horse Comics. The monster's activities even made their way into Marvel Universe canon during the "Godzilla, King of the Monsters" series.
While IDW hasn't released any information about the creative team for their "Godzilla" series, the publisher promised "a number of unique storylines from some of the industry’s top creators."
“This new series will be monsters and mayhem, but most importantly, it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Yukio Kotaki of Toho. “Godzilla has been gone from comics for too long and we feel that IDW is the perfect company to welcome him back in 2011.”
IDW Publishing has provided Splash Page readers with the first, exclusive look at one of the upcoming "Godzilla" covers by artist Eric Powell! Check it out:
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