I added Godzilla Legends to my pull box (or whatever Comic Break calls it) mainly out of curiosity. The series was supposed to feature some of the other giant stars of the Godzilla universe. I had never read a Godzilla comic before and except for watching “Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla” at the first Fanboy Flix a few months ago, I haven’t seen a movie starring Japan’s mean green machine in years. Thus, I am hardly an expert in regards to the care and feeding of giant monsters, or ‘kaiju’ to use the proper term. Despite that, I thought I’d give it a shot.
I got my first issue a few weeks later. It was a fun read and Matt Frank’s art provided plenty of monster mashing action. But there was something different waiting for me at the end of the comic.
It was the end of the story. One and done. That was it. No cliffhanger or big reveal or plot twist to coax me into buying the next issue in 30 days. Instead, there would be a completely new story with a new monster in the next issue. I had no commitment to keep, I could stop where I was at and not spend the rest of my days wondering if Godzilla and Anguirus ever kissed and made up.
I kept the subscription and a month later, the second issue dropped. I read it, enjoyed it, and eagerly waited for each new one to arrive. There was something about reading a single issue of a comic book with a self-contained story that I had not experienced in years. It took me back to when I read comics as a kid, before multi-issue story arcs and epic crossovers turned comics into big soap operas. Seriously, even the new Mega Man comic I’m reading goes from one arc to the next, and that one is published by Archie Comics.
It is easy to write off the feeling as nostalgia, but what I really miss is the anticipation of not knowing what is coming in the next issue. If I am reading a comic that ends with a cliffhanger, then I’m left spending the next month or so guessing just what is going to happen next. If the story I’m reading comes to a complete end, though, I have no idea what is going to be in that next book.
I like that. It’s sometimes fun to not know.