Comic Book: Godzilla Cataclysm

The fourth mini-series from IDW's Godzilla line. After the devastating Kaiju Apocalypse that left a good chunk of human civilization in ruins, humanity is left to scrounge and rebuild in the aftermath. However, an old man named Hiroshi begins to have dreams about the day everything went to Hell. And to make matters worse... the monsters are coming back.

Examples include:

  • Adaptational Villainy: Played with. Godzilla isn't a straight up villain like he was in GMK, but he's given a very unforgiving portrayal.
  • After the End: Humanity is left in ruins following a devastating monster war.
  • Ambiguous Ending: Why did Godzilla lose intrest in attacking Biollante and humans? Was it Biollante helping him? Had enough fighting for one day? Was it Hiroshi praying or his death? For that matter why did Godzilla spare Mothra? Hiroshi concludes that no one really knows what the gods want.
  • Beam-o-War: Ghidorah and Battra larvae briefly engage in this during a flashback.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Kamacuras, Mothra, Battra and Megaguirus.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Mothra defeats the Meganula swarm as it starts to descend on the village and begins to square off with Megaguirus herself.
  • Big Good: Mothra, unshockingly, is viewed as one of the monsters that brings good fortune. Slightly more surprisingly Biollante is seen a hope of revitalizing the Earth but Godzilla may have squashed that hope.
  • Darker and Edgier: This is what would happen if the "all-out monster attack" scenarios seen in Destroy All Monsters and Godzilla Final Wars left humankind in ruin.
  • Easily Forgiven: Mothra seems to be the only Kaiju willing to give humanity a chance even after all they've done.
  • Final Boss: Destroyah is set for the final issue.
  • Friendship Moment: Posssibly, it seems Godzilla might have just been warning Mothra in the fourth issue rather than flat out killing her.
  • From a Single Cell: Apparently Biollante can regenerate if a single piece of her is left undamaged, in this case a rose.
  • Hope Spot: When Mothra is attempting to heal Biollante, Godzilla sets her ablaze anyway. And things are better now since Godzilla has also seemingly killed Biollante and humanity's guardian: Mothra.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Manda and King Ghidorah (who are only featured in the flashbacks).
  • Legend Fades to Myth: In this universe, the Kaiju all faded into myths or stories told around the campfire due to the amount of time between their penultimate attack and the aftermath... only to come back.
  • Man-Eating Plant: Biollante.
  • The Medic: Mothra can heal Biollante with her pollen.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Godzilla especially took mankind's attempt to control him and other monsters personally.
  • Scenery Gorn: Well, considering it's set in a post-Kaiju War universe, it's gonna be expected we're gonna see cities in total shambles.
  • Spiritual Successor: The dire setting and monster cameos in the prologue set Cataclysm very easily as an alternate continuation of Kingdom of Monsters where the space monsters or aliens don't exist.
  • The Swarm: The Meganula and Destroyah reverts to a mob of smaller ones to hunt down humans at the start of the finale.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The humans attempted to find means as to control the Kaiju, including Godzilla. Guess how that turned out.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: One can imply the world's governments wanted to find a way to control the Kaiju as means of keeping civilians safe.
  • Wings Do Nothing: Interestingly the adult Destroyah never flies despite having wings. Instead it reverts back one of its two junior forms for flight.