If there’s one entity in this world you definitely want on your side, it’s Godzilla, King of the Monsters. IDW knows this, which is why they’ve made a deal with the tyrannical lizard to star in a new string of books, officially licensed by Toho.
IDW has published Godzilla books before, but this is the largest and most comprehensive deal between them and Toho to date. Their first kaiju comic was released in 2011 and they printed ten Godzilla comics over the next five years, with the deal lapsing in 2016. But Godzilla doesn’t remain beneath the sea for long.
“We’re very excited to work with Toho to build a comprehensive array of stories and products that Godzilla fans everywhere can enjoy,” says Nachie Marsham, IDW’s publisher. “Their library of characters are quite literally titans of pop culture, and we can’t wait for people to get their hands on what we’re creating in close partnership with Toho. There will truly be something for everyone, from casual fans to people who live and breathe these amazing creatures.”
“IDW has been such a fantastic partner in bringing Godzilla characters to life through high-quality graphic storytelling, and we’re excited to take our relationship to the next level,” says Lora Cohn, Managing Director, Toho International, Inc. “By expanding beyond comics with wide-ranging books, games and more, we’re sure that our iconic kaiju will leave monstrous marks on these products that consumers across the globe, young and old, will never forget.”
So what can we expect to come out of this? The first Godzilla book under the new deal will be a five-issue miniseries aimed at a middle school audience. It’s being written by Erik Burnham, drawn by Dan Schoening and colored by Luis Antonio Delgado as we speak, and it’ll be stomping into stores next April.