Monday, May 20, 2013
MISC. MANGA, *Godzilla
A good near decade since it's ass-kicking debut in the Marvel Comics comic book series, the King of Monsters is back in this first ever manga released in America. An adaptation of The Return Of Godzilla(or as it was the States(Godzilla 1985), Kazuhisa Iwata brings his own spin on the nuclear-powered thunder lizard as he/she.it returns in what is seen as a direct sequel to the original Godzilla movie. There have been Japanese comic adaptations of most of the Godzilla movies, some of which were in a single one-shot given at theatres with the movie, or done in various editions like kids magazines or regular manga anthologies.
Here, Godzilla returns after several decades by attacking a fishing boat. The only survivor is found by a news reporter, after they fight off a bunch of sea giant barnacles that mutated from gnawing off Godzilla. As usual, the Big-G heads towards Tokyo, so the defense force readies it special weapon, a flying saucer titled Super X. The UFO ultimately fails, and the only thing that can stop Godzilla is a wile professor who uses a particular radio signal to make Godzilla to go back to his old stomping ground on a volcanic island. They manage to seal the big guy in the volcano, and are "sure" he never return.
There are some subtle differences between the manga and the actual movie, but very minimal. If you've never seen the movie, you should still have some serious enjoyment out of this.