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Re: Godzilla (2014) Legendary Hardcover Comic

Postby Hybrid Gojira » Sat Apr 05, 2014 7:33 pm

Honestly that picture doesn't even capture the design. I don't think it's close.

And Tales From Year Zero was total garbage.
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Re: Godzilla (2014) Legendary Hardcover Comic

Postby klen7 » Mon May 05, 2014 6:27 pm

Courtesy of Topless Robot :
i have seen Godzilla, the new movie, but am not allowed to talk about it in any detail until next week. Godzilla: Awakening, on the other hand, comes out Wednesday, and I can talk about that, because I have it in hand.

In a nutshell: if you want to be spoiled for many significant plot points, they can be found in this hardcover.

Thanks for the warning!
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Re: Godzilla (2014) Legendary Hardcover Comic

Postby MekaGojira3k » Mon May 05, 2014 7:12 pm

klen7 wrote:Courtesy of Topless Robot :
i have seen Godzilla, the new movie, but am not allowed to talk about it in any detail until next week. Godzilla: Awakening, on the other hand, comes out Wednesday, and I can talk about that, because I have it in hand.

In a nutshell: if you want to be spoiled for many significant plot points, they can be found in this hardcover.

Thanks for the warning!


Agh. Glad you posted this Klen. I'm getting the HC this Wednesday.
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Re: Godzilla (2014) Legendary Hardcover Comic

Postby klen7 » Mon May 05, 2014 7:44 pm

I was in the same boat. And since Year Zero was just a prequel (or first 15 minute stuff) I wouldn't have expected spoilers. Glad I saw the review in my news feeds.
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Re: Godzilla (2014) Legendary Hardcover Comic

Postby jellydonut25 » Tue May 06, 2014 9:37 am

Wow. Thanks for posting that. I would have checked out the comic under the assumption that it was about as spoilery as Year Zero (which was not very spoilery at all)
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Re: Godzilla (2014) Legendary Hardcover Comic

Postby C.Miller719 » Wed May 07, 2014 6:34 pm

Just picked this up, honestly, only read the first chapter but glanced at the rest of the book. It has a really neat story!
Also, from what I read, the book appears to be a prequel. Personally, I only see a few minor spoilers maybe? Didn't see anything that would spoil the film to me.

Spoiler Below:
it's pretty much about Godzilla after the bombing of Japan and Serizawa's grandfather working for the U.S Government. Again, personally don't find it to be full of spoilers at all. Pretty much just builds up to the 1954 bombing we seen in the trailers
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Re: Godzilla (2014) Legendary Hardcover Comic

Postby Pkmatrix » Fri May 16, 2014 9:48 pm

Just finished reading Godzilla: Awakening!

Spoiler Below:
Seriously, what exactly about this was supposed to be spoilerific? Nothing in this is a spoiler for the movie. If anything, it fills in a couple of backstory questions people were asking - namely, how Godzilla got his name. It looks like they drew inspiration from the unused Rossio and Elliot script for Godzilla '94, since the name's origin seems almost identical (a mythical sea monster amongst the Pacific Islanders).

The story is simple and to the point, which I've no problem with. Some may complain about the distinct lack of Godzilla in the story, but I've personally no problem with that. This isn't about Godzilla, after all, it's about Serizawa (first name never given, but I'd like to think he's Daisuke Serizawa) and his involvement with Project Monarch.

Shinomura is an interesting monster that very much evokes Destroyah. One of the most interesting (but quickly glossed over) tidbits is that Godzilla, Shinomura, and the movie's MUTOs aren't the ONLY MUTOs out there: there's a panel showing at least SIX other MUTOs they'd managed to find by 1953 - an ape, a giant Nautilus (lol), a plant creature, what looked like a large ostrich-like beast, and the skeleton of what could easily have been Rodan. I wonder what was the story behind those monsters?

The extent of Monarch's coverup is surprisingly extensive, too: I'm particularly curious as to how they covered up an attack on Guam, of all places!


Obviously, there's a lot more they could have done with this story, but for a brief tie-in book meant to fill in some of the back story, it does its job well. Assuming we get a sequel, I'd like to see some more elements from Awakening make it into the next film.
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Re: Godzilla (2014) Legendary Hardcover Comic

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Re: Godzilla (2014) Legendary Hardcover Comic

Postby MekaGojira3k » Mon May 19, 2014 8:25 pm

I read it, thought it was alright. It was better than the Pacific Rim comic, but I feel like the background of Serizawa's father could have been useful in the film. At least, more than just the appearance of the watch.
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Re: Godzilla (2014) Legendary Hardcover Comic

Postby jrichreturns » Tue May 20, 2014 4:17 am

I loved Shinomura and the fact that the comic is cannon is interesting. Maybe we'll see that the MUTOs/Kaiju are other film(not the ones from the movie) make an appearance.
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Re: Godzilla (2014) Legendary Hardcover Comic

Postby gojira_fan » Tue May 20, 2014 8:13 pm

I'm a tad bit confused by the comic,
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that cannot be Serizawa as a baby at Hiroshima, that has to be his dad as a baby? That would make Watanabe's character almost 70 in the movie.
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Re: Godzilla (2014) Legendary Hardcover Comic

Postby Gentleman » Tue May 20, 2014 9:16 pm

There was a conundrum.

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In the film, Serizawa states that the voyage of the Nautilus is what woke Godzilla. In the comic, he's there a lot before the Nautilus sails.
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Re: Godzilla (2014) Legendary Hardcover Comic

Postby MekaGojira3k » Wed May 21, 2014 9:41 am

Yeah. It's weird, but I guess you just pick and choose what works with the film which takes precedence.

Although Serizawa's father seeing Godzilla fight Shinomura totally explains why Ishiro Serizawa is so convinced Godzilla will defeat the MUTO.
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Re: Godzilla (2014) Legendary Hardcover Comic

Postby GFan » Thu May 22, 2014 2:49 pm

Picked this up yesterday, overall not impressed, though I didn't expect to be (at least it was better than TALES FROM YEAR ZERO). Didn't like the drawing style (Godzilla in particular), and the Shinomura was just so-so. The Rodan skeleton tease was cool though.
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Re: Godzilla: Awakening

Postby mr.negativity » Thu May 22, 2014 6:59 pm

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Josh Wigler wrote:CBR News: As the writer of "Godzilla" the movie, and as the co-writer of "Godzilla: Awakening," I'm curious to know what you saw as the connective tissue between the projects. Was it Godzilla the monster who, clearly, is a massive part of both stories? Was it Ichiro Serizawa and his father, and his family's history with Godzilla? Or was it something else?

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I think the connecting point is both -- on a character-level, it's both Godzilla and the Serizawas. That really feeds into a thematic and tonal connection. Certainly, the graphic novel exists on the same timeline as the film. Not, obviously, as a direct prequel to act one, but as a tangent that feeds into it in some ways.

But the real connection for me was the idea of tying our film's Godzilla to its roots in the atomic age. In the thematic concerns of the first film and where this all comes from, showing the relationship between our film's thematic take on this character and the inception. The Serizawa family, those characters, are that link, really. They're the people who lived through that devastation of Hiroshima, which is of course the seed of Godzilla, if there is any. But now, they've lived to a day where that's a memory. But the thematic resonance of that -- that same tuning fork resonates at different frequencies today. That was the through line for us.



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Re: Godzilla (2014) Legendary Hardcover Comic

Postby klen7 » Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:25 pm

It took me a while to get through this book, i kept putting it down figuring i must not be in the mood for it, but that happened more than once, so it took me way to long to read it... As far as the artwork, there were a number of great panels here and there, but sometimes i had no idea who certain characters were, although i guess most of the characters have zero impact on the story except to give someone for Serizawa to spout exposition at. I also wasn't a fan of how Shinomura looked most of the time... almost seemed more like a swarm of insects than a giant monster. The final fight was also a bit confusing. The overall story had some issues, but I also enjoyed some of the writing towards the end of the book. The explanation of the bombing being a man made storm/end of the world worked really well imho and the the eulogy seemed fitting.

I also enjoyed (probably more than the book itself) the page in the extras section that goes through the Cover Design with Art Adams.

So overall a pretty mixed bag... but i think i enjoyed Pacific Rim Year Zero more...
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Re: Godzilla (2014) Legendary Hardcover Comic

Postby jellydonut25 » Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:53 am

klen7 wrote:i think i enjoyed Pacific Rim Year Zero more...

That bad, huh?

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Re: Godzilla (2014) Legendary Hardcover Comic

Postby klen7 » Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:05 am

i wanted to like it more than i did.
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Re: Godzilla (2014) Legendary Hardcover Comic

Postby jellydonut25 » Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:30 am

I didn't really care for Year Zero at all...
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Re: Godzilla (2014) Legendary Hardcover Comic

Postby klen7 » Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:58 am

I thought there was more a sense of fun and exploration of ideas in Year Zero despite its flaws, whereas Awakening was sort of a joyless cat and mouse chase.. where the mouse was enormous but nobody believed it existed despite the evidence to the contrary. There were a few things i liked, a few good scenes (like the rescue attempt that gets interrupted, but overall it didnt work for me.
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Re: Godzilla (2014) Legendary Hardcover Comic

Postby MekaGojira3k » Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:41 pm

I didn't read the same Year Zero as you did, apparently. XD

I don't particularly like either of the comics, but I thought this was still kind of interesting.
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Re: Godzilla (2014) Legendary Hardcover Comic

Postby klen7 » Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:56 pm

yeh... i think i liked it more than most people :lol:
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Re: Godzilla (2014) Legendary Hardcover Comic

Postby mr.negativity » Thu Jun 19, 2014 4:27 pm

Is that a Kaiju brain from Pacific Rim?
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Re: Godzilla (2014) Legendary Hardcover Comic

Postby klen7 » Thu Jun 19, 2014 4:39 pm

i think you're right, i was more distracted trying to figure out what was under the speech bubble
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Re: Godzilla (2014) Legendary Hardcover Comic

Postby mr.negativity » Thu Jun 19, 2014 4:44 pm

A Godzilla skeleton?
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