Godzilla: The Half Century War Hardcover – July 21, 2015
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- Publisher : IDW Publishing (July 21, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 152 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1631403214
- ISBN-13 : 978-1631403217
- Reading age : 13 - 16 years
- Grade level : 8 - 11
- Item Weight : 1.81 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.3 x 0.6 x 12.1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,690,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As a Godzilla fan, this comic is amazing with brilliant art by James Stoke and well written story that weaves together elements from all 3 different Godzilla film serieses. To begin with, for fans of Godzilla who have never read any of the comics like I hadn't, it's a completely self contained story in it's own continuity which I think is one of its greatest strengths! Half Century War just had the ability to tell a story from front to back with an actual ending, free from the strains of IDW canon. To briefly summarize the plot without spoilers, This book follows the story of two Japanese Army Soldiers who are in Tokyo when it is attacked in 1954 by the "first" Godzilla. After the first Godzilla was killed by the Oxygen Destroyer, the pair get conscripted into an international monster defense task force where the reader follows the exploits of these two over a half century of conflict with the second Godzilla and the various other monsters being drawn from around and "to" Earth.
The two main characters are very likable, play off each other well and feel like real people caught in this strange and gradually hopeless situation in a worldscale struggle versus these giant creatures. Godzilla is portrayed here similar to the Heisei Godzilla as not an outright hero like in the Showa series or an outright unredeemable monster like in GMK, just an indifferent observer which I like a lot. The book features a wild ranging cast of monsters, however don't expect everyone as remember this primarily a short, self contained "Godzilla" centered story. There are plenty of callbacks and allusions to the whole film series which I love as well. My only main gripe with the book is that several of the monsters it includes, especially Mothra who has her own well established backstory, are pushed to the sidelines and painted with only the broadest brushes in an effort to save time as this is a short book and several of them feel like background items only. While I was disappointed with that, this is very clearly a "Godzilla" book, and the cuts were made to save time to tell a better narrative as opposed to trying to push some half-assed political agenda or parody.
Overall, don't expect every monster and every monster in the book to get full spotlight, but expect a fun self-contained comic that is not only compelling but also a big enjoyment to long time fans of Big G!
The writing is great too. Lieutnant Ota Murakami's hunt for Godzilla is a great character study that also keeps Godzilla at the forefront. The comic also manages to ramp up with every issue without ever getting boring.
The only egative I have is that there is some gutter loss in the double-page spreads. This is just a given when working with a paperback, but it is a slight negative.
never really been a huge fan of godzilla per se, however, i am a big fan of a few south korean monster flicks and of course Pacific Rim. mech and monsters battling is just the bees knees for this guy. this is a big recommend for pure fun and escapism.
Interesting artwork. Seemed a bit static, with too much emphasis on motion lines added after the fact.
Top reviews from other countries
Long time Godzilla fan and I enjoyed this one immensely. I liked the take on this, it seemed very reminiscent of certain stories where it was not just simply a monster rampaging through the world but people and other influences affecting and influencing the outcome.
I enjoyed the perspective of the main character and the relationships he has around him.
This is a quick read but visually is great and as I said earlier I like this fresh take on the world of Godzilla. An enjoyable story.
This is a case of must try harder!
It's up there with Kirby's Forever People #4 and Morrison & Case's Doom Patrol #63 in demonstrating what is possible in the comic form.