It’s Pirates Vs. Kaiju In New ‘Godzilla: Here There Be Dragons’ Comic Miniseries

Pirates have long roamed the seven seas, where crossing paths with dangers living beneath waters is usual business. Godzilla: Here There Be Dragons, a new IDW comic book miniseries featuring the titular kaiju, raises the stakes by pitting them against the King of Monsters to present another fresh take on existing lore.

Written by Frank Tieri and illustrated by Inaki Miranda, the creative team behind the DC Comics’ Old Lady Harley miniseries, the works puts Godzilla and other Toho monsters in the way of explorers, whose stories were erased from history.

“What could be cooler than a Godzilla tale with pirates? Here There Be Dragons is a lost voyage of Sir Francis Drake, told through the eyes of a crewman facing execution.” Tieri told Collider. “The question is, is he telling the truth? Is there really a conspiracy to cover up what happened to Drake on that island and the existence of Godzilla? Or is this merely another pirate’s tall tale? Avast, ye Godzilla fans, and batten down the hatches at your local comic book shop!”

It’s a good time to be a kaiju fan. Apart from this beautifully drawn comic and a sequel to Godzilla vs. Kong, there’s also a Titans-focused miniseries in the works at Apple TV+, starring Kurt Russell and Wyatt Russel.

Godzilla: Here There Be Dragons will be told over five issues, with the first part of the comic hitting shelves this June. The official synopsis for the miniseries reads:

In the 1500s, before humanity had successfully traveled the entire globe, it was believed that monsters ruled the oceans just beyond the horizon. “Here there be dragons…” was written on maps to denote the areas people dared not go. That is, until Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the seas, visiting foreign lands and collecting treasure. Or…at least that’s what history tells us. The truth is, tremendous beasts did lurk yonder, dwelling on an island that doesn’t appear on any map, even to this day. And among those monsters was the king of them all…Godzilla!”