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Godzilla: Awakening [Kindle Edition]

Max Borenstein , Greg Borenstein , ERIC BATTLE
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In May 2014, audiences will witness the epic rebirth of the King of Monsters as Legendary and Warner Bros. bring Godzilla to the big screen. To pave the way for the iconic creature's return, Legendary Comics is proud to present the official Godzilla prequel graphic novel!

Delve into an incredible mystery, generations in the making. At the dawn of the atomic age, humanity awakens lifeforms beyond imagination, unleashing monumental forces of nature. This explosive, larger-than-life adventure is the perfect way for fans to experience the new Godzilla before seeing it in theaters.

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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 32811 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (May 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,630 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!!!!! 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla is back! 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla lives 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Great companion comic to the movie 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
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla Awakened 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
4.0 out of 5 stars It could have been better May 13, 2014
‘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
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Deliver May 24, 2014
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought for my son who loves it.
Published 1 month ago by Cathy M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes.
Awesome. Just... Amazing. When bringing a new entire separate storyline to Godzilla, you'd need a new origin story too. And this is epic. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jonathan Ingram
5.0 out of 5 stars It's pretty awesome!
I bought this as a gift for my husband....can' wait to see his face on Christmas when he opens it. It's pretty awesome!
Published 1 month ago by steffanie mclaughlin
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
If you want more backstory to the Legendary Pictures Godzilla read it.
Published 1 month ago by David R Szmigiel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by angela razo
2.0 out of 5 stars It's like they tried to drop a bomb on us but it turned out to be a...
Fortunately for us the movie is decent. "Godzilla: Awakening" is a very derivative comic that basically tells us everything we learn in the movie in a way very similar... Read more
Published 1 month ago by THowerton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great addition providing back story to the movie
Published 2 months ago by Christopher L. Vance
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a present
Published 3 months ago by Denise Peavey
5.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla: The Forces of Nature.
I've been saving my allowance to this graphic novel, I bought this at Barnes & Noble in 7/28/14 and I was reading it at the car and I was fascinated for best prequel set back... Read more
Published 3 months ago by James Viveros
2.0 out of 5 stars Cash Grab
Nothing wrong with it, other than it was pointless. Promotional product designed to drive you to the Movie, again nothing wrong with that it could have been so much more.
Published 3 months ago by Chris Reviews
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