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Godzilla: Awakening Graphic Novel Review – RAWR to the Fans

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 1:56 am by Justin Cavender


Written By: Max and Greg Borenstein

Pencils By: Eric Battle, Yvel Guichet and Alan Quah

Colors By: Lee Loughridge

Cover Art By: Arthur Adams

Published By: Legendary

Curling up to Godzilla: Awakening is an excellent way to curb your fix while you wait for the King of Monsters to arrive in theaters on May 16. This graphic novel serves as a prequel to Godzilla and sets the tone for what to expect when our favorite creature returns to the big screen. I’m sure you have plenty of questions about Godzilla and hopefully most of those are answered by the time you reach the final page.

Max and Greg Borenstein co-wrote Godzilla: Awakening and do a marvelous job in delivering the human element in this story. Sure we all want to see Godzilla stomp around, fight other creatures, and unleash his harrowing roar, but what about his affect on the human race? How on earth are we supposed to deal with a creature like Godzilla? The story begins shortly after the nuclear fallout from WWII and almost every page gives you this sense of fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of destruction. Fear of annihilation. Interestingly enough, Godzilla doesn’t appear to be our enemy.

Godzilla: Awakening spans across several decades and with three different pencilers you’ll probably notice the change in styles throughout the pages. It’s not distracting in the least bit and I actually believe they complement each other quite well. It makes sense to have a different look as we move through time. I’d like to add that Godzilla looks gorgeous in the few frames he actually makes an appearance. Again, this tale focuses more on the human element rather than our enormous friend.

My only gripe with the graphic novel is that it’s pretty short. Everything about this book is gorgeous and I would like to see more from it. Twenty dollars might end up feeling a little expensive for the amount of content within this hardcover book, but it’s a fun read and brings the legend to life. If you love Godzilla I see no reason for you not to pick up this book, as it belongs in the home of each and every fan of the franchise.

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Story: 8/10

Art: 9/10

Overall 8.5/10

Check out our interview with Max Borenstein, who also wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Godzilla film. During our chat we discussed why he thinks Godzilla still resonates with audiences after all these years. Also, by leaving a comment on this review page, the Borenstein interview page, or on our Godzilla movie review page, you’ll be entered to win a free copy of the hardcover edition of Godzilla: Awakening, courtesy of Legendary. The winner will be announced next week during the Geek Legacy Podcast. Be sure to subscribe on iTunes!

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    • lisanne624

      Sounds like a timely read!

    • LC

      Sounds awesome! My heart always breaks when Godzilla is attacked by humans so hopefully there isn’t too much of that in this one!

    • Zayne Carrick

      I appreciate the differing styles for the different decades. Can’t wait to try it out.

      • jxcavender

        WINNER! Congratulations on winning a free copy of Godzilla: Awakening.

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