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Product Details

  • Series: Godzilla
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (May 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401250351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401250355
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 7.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Max Borenstein is a writer and director whose best known works include Godzilla, Swordswallowers and Thin Men and Seventh Son.

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Customer Reviews

Bad: Hard to make out what Godzilla's fighting, Godzilla doesn't look much like Godzilla.
Anders L. Johnson
Overall I was disappointed however and although the back-story did add to my experience of the movie, it wasn't really adding many layers to the experience.
Hrishikesh Diwan
I really didn't find anything bad about the Graphic Novel and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who calls themselves a true Godzilla fan.
Michael

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John William Bellmore on May 13, 2014
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This graphic novel captured the essence of the Godzilla I would cheer for as a child when he would do battle with a bad monster to save the world. Can't wait for the movie!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By LadyWolf on May 14, 2014
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I haven't read a Comic Book, pardon, Graphic Novel, since I was a little kid. I loved this, and I'm 56 years old now! I grew up on Godzilla, and I Can't wait for the new Movie!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Pike on May 17, 2014
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I loved the book. I just saw the movie. It was mind blowing I loved it so much I will not forget that
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Larry Imgrund on May 12, 2014
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It was a great, yet short, read. Effectively sets the tone for the movie and tells a very interesting origin story. There could have been more Godzilla but there was enough to keep me going. Really excited for the movie now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James J. Paul on May 15, 2014
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This is a taut, exciting, beautifully illustrated rebooting of the series. Godzilla's seemingly unstoppably fertile nemesis is a fascinating and inspired invention. If this graphic novel prequel is any indication, the movie should be terrific.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paulo B. Abesamis on May 14, 2014
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The art on this graphic novel are pretty impressive on my own perspective. As much as I have gone through browsing the illustrations, you won't get to see Godzilla all the time in this book but of course he is still in the book. This concentrates on the events some 40 - 50 years before the events in the movie occurred so don't expect to see Bryan Cranston or Elizabeth Olsen in illustrated form. The last few pages are dedicated to the conception of the art found in this graphic novel. The cover itself, I can probably spend a good amount of time looking at it.

I recommend this to any Godzilla memorabilia collectors.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 13, 2014
Format: Hardcover
‘Godzilla: Awakening’ a comic made by Max and Greg Borenstein and illustrated by Eric Battle is an introduction to a new movie about Godzilla that will soon have premiere in theaters.

Though many fans can’t wait to put their hands (and eyes) to anything that is related to legendary giant creature, this graphic novel didn’t fully met my expectations.

Written by movie screenwriter this novel is kind of prequel to things (events which were happening for forty years, between 1940s and 1980s) we are going to experience in movie, and though I would not destroy the fun with some spoilers, I can only said there is going to be a new twist in the original story that we are already used to. Better for some, worse for others, but somehow I still more like the Japanese original – it can be expected that the audience will be divided when movie will be released.

A novel is bit too short resulting in a feeling that somehow story moves to one location to another too fast in a sort of rushed manner not leaving enough time for reader to fully realize what is happening. I had a feeling that the movie script was taken as a template and then it was adapted to a new format. The artwork is ok, though do not expect some masterpieces except for the covers which are really great.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment was the fact that Godzilla in the novel shows very little that might not seem like a bad premise because the charm would be gone if reader sees it on every page, but still there were too few pages on which main (bad) guy appeared.

Overall, my rating should apply for those who are hard core fans while for all others rating would be a star less because it just doesn’t deliver enough nor well enough, except that serves as a prequel to movie. Actually it’s too bad because it could have been better.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MasterAP on May 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a graphic novel prequel to the new Godzilla movie.

Awakening tells the story of the secret organization created to monitor MUTOs and Godzilla. It also explores the backstory of Dr. Serizawa. (The guy who declares, "Let them fight" in the film)

I was not at all impressed with the story. I had read an interview with the author/screenwriter that said while the graphic novel was not mandatory reading to enjoy the film, it did flesh out some of the groups and characters.

For me, this was absolutely not the case. Sure it tells about the creation of Monarch and who Dr. Serizawa is and why he's watching Godzilla but after watching the film, I feel that the exposition from the film did a better job explaining the past than this graphic novel.

On a nitpicky bit, I thought the MUTOs in the graphic novel were not exactly realized. Was this the purpose of the illustrator, Eric Battle? Was the point supposed to be that of humans viewing the creatures and as such not getting a good view? It just didn't work for me to see splashing of ink representing some flying creature without much detail. Godzilla was drawn with more detail but didn't have the flair I was hoping.

This is a decent story for Godzilla diehards, I'm sure, but as a prequel and from the standpoint of a casual fan, this graphic novel failed to deliver.
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