‘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.