Short Version: Godzilla: The Half-Century War #1 is great. We are introduced to Ota Murakami, a young Japanese Lieutenant in Tokyo in 1954, when Godzilla first attacks. However, this is apparently just the beginning of Godzilla and Murakami’s relationship which, apparently, spans half a century. A really great spin on a well-known story.
Story and Art: James Stokoe
Godzilla: The Half-Century War #1 is a throwback to my childhood. You see, when I was a kid, I was all but obsessed with Godzilla. I wore out my VHS copies of the movies, and my imagination made it all seem as really as if it it could be. When I saw the first images of James Stokoe’s art for Godzilla: The Half-Century War #1, I knew that I needed to check it out, and I’m glad I did. You never really consider, or at least I never really considered, that on the other side of Godzilla’s attacks, there are people. I mean, the movies are much more about the monster itself, especially the ones that concentrate on it fighting an external threat to Japan. The humans were extraneous to my viewing experience. However, that is exactly the angle that Stokoe takes with Godzilla: The Half Centry War #1, introducing us to Ota Murakami, a Lieutenant in the Japanese Army in 1954 when Godzilla first attacks Tokyo, leveling the town. While Tokyo is devastated by Godzilla, Murakami survives, and so begins his years of fighting an unstoppable monster as part of a task-force aimed at protecting the world from Godzilla, a creature that seems absolutely unstoppable. An irrational force of nature. I love the angle on the story and I feel that it makes Godzilla: The Half-Century War #1 work much better than it would have if it were just a series of fights between Godzilla and various monsters. Still, that might have been fun too, since Stokoe’s renderings of Godzilla and Tokyo are just stunning. After I finished reading Godzilla: The Half-Century War #1, I just flipped back through it and looked at the tiny details in the art. The scale and destruction of Godzilla is captured beautifully. If you are at all a fan of the Godzilla mythos, you should really pick up Godzilla: The Half-Century War #1. It’s got an interesting angle on the story you know and love rendered in the most beautiful way possible. Godzilla: The Half-Century War #1 is the first in a 5-issue series and is available at your local comic shop right now for $3.99 or from Comixology.
Who else is thrilled to see Godzilla back? Do you have memories watching the old movies? What do you think of Stokoe’s art?