Godzilla: Awakening

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Godzilla: Awakening
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Godzilla: Awakening
Cover by Art Adams
Written by Max Borenstein, Greg Borenstein
Pencils by Eric Battle, Yvel Guichet, Alan Quah
Colors by Lee Loughridge
Cover by Arthur Adams
Design by John J. Hill
Production by Nicolas Sienty
Edits by Bob Schreck,
Greg Tumbarello (associate editor)
Letters by Patrick Brosseau
Publisher Legendary Comics
Publish Date May 7, 2014
Genre Graphic Novel

Godzilla: Awakening is a graphic novel by Legendary Comics and a prequel to Legendary Pictures' Godzilla. It was released on May 7, 2014.

Description

In May 2014, audiences will witness the epic rebirth of the King of the 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 graphic novel Godzilla: Awakening. This 72-page story, set decades before the film, is co-written by Max Borenstein (screenwriter of the new Godzilla) and Greg Borenstein.

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.

Plot

In 1980 Tokyo, Ishiro Serizawa meets with his father who asked him to come urgently. Serizawa's father begins telling him about his job, the one he had kept secret from him. He begins his story in Hiroshima, on August 6, 1945, at 8:15 AM. After the atomic bombing of the city, Serizawa went looking for his wife and newborn son but only found his son. After finding him, he sees a creature in the air, "summoned by our own monstrosity," who flies away, with something in the water observing. Serizawa left off Ishiro with his grandparents for his safety and continued working in the Japanese Navy. One year later, he and his fellow sailors are sent to provide aid to an American vessel that sent a distress call from a nearby island. After finding one of the American men, the sailors find the wrecked ship deep inland and are attacked by the Shinomura. They go inside the ship to rescue the men trapped inside but the Shinomura throws the ship down at the sea, sinking it. No one but Serizawa and the one American they rescued, named Shaw, survives. Shaw, impressed with Serizawa surviving, offers Serizawa go work for the U.S. government, which Serizawa accepts as Godzilla looks on at the Shinomura flying away.

Later, Serizawa becomes part of the first Japanese-American military unit since Japan's surrender in World War II: Monarch. General MacArthur explains that the job of the Monarch unit is to kill the Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms in secrecy to avoid world-wide panic. Shinomura attacks places all around the Pacific Ocean each year following, starting with Russia the Philippines in 1946, Western Australia in 1947, Moansta Island in 1948, New Zealand in 1949, Yap in 1950, and Guam in 1950. Every time Shinomura attacked, eye-witnesses reported both it and a giant crocodile-like creature which chased the Shinomura away. Serizawa believes that the monster, which one of Guam's people calls "Gojira," a combination of the Japanese words for gorilla and whale, actually exists, while the rest of his team doesn't. Serizawa gets some people to go down in the ocean and to find Gojira using the first nuclear submarine, the U.S.S. Nautilus, but after weeks of searching, Gojira isn't found.

Three years later in 1953, Serizawa is playing with his son Ishiro, as Shaw comes and tells Ishiro he has to take his father for "shipping company business." At Monarch headquarters, Serizawa meets with Doctor Zamalek, who shows him and others a giant cell discovered in the Philippines from the Shinomura. Doctor Zamalek then exposes it to a beam that makes it grow, but it is set on fire and presumably killed. Serizawa comes up with the name shi no mure for the super-organism, and Zamalek claims that they don't understand why it hasn't taken over the world yet, which Serizawa answers to with Gojira. Serizawa points to depictions of Gojira throughout history and believes he is from a time when the Earth was ten times more radioactive than today. 250 million years ago, a Shinomura unknowingly landed near Gojira and gets blasted by his atomic breath and sent down a cliff just as a meteor hits the Earth, diminishing atmospheric radioactivity forever, and forcing large creatures that fed on radiation like Gojira down closer to the Earth's core. Shinomura and Gojira were awakened with the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the radiation it released. Every time Shinomura attacked, Gojira drove it away. Serizawa wants to find Gojira and let him fight the Shinomura, but no one believes Gojira exists.

Serizawa goes back with his son who put an injured sea star in his fish tank. Ishiro explains to his father that sea stars can regenerate, even an entire body if they need to, just as the "dead" Shinomura cell at Monarch HQ regenerates. Ishiro and Serizawa hear a sound but Serizawa assures Ishiro it's probably just the wind as the Shinomura flies past the window. Monarch headquarters has been destroyed. Serizawa is back there with Shaw, who believed the Shinomura was destroyed, but Serizawa explained that even with microscopic remnants it can regenerate. Serizawa asks to find Gojira, which Shaw allows but lets him know that he will be alone at sea looking for Gojira. Serizawa says goodbye to his son and goes out to live in the ocean alone on a ship, looking for Godzilla.

A year later, in March of 1954, both Shinomura combine into one on Monsta Island as Godzilla rises from the ocean and engages it in battle. A boy sees them and tells Papa Brava, who notifies "the monster man", Serizawa, who in turn alerts Shaw and Monarch. Godzilla and Shinomura's battle rages on, setting a section of the island aflame as Serizawa reaches the island. Godzilla separates the two Shinomura with his atomic breath and kills one with another blast. As Navy ships arrive, the other Shinomura escapes, which only Serizawa sees, and Godzilla follows, having been seen by Monarch and therefore now proven to exist.

The next day, the Shinomura carcass is found and shown to Serizawa, who says he saw one fly away. Days later, the military decide to intercept Gojira in Bikini Atoll. Serizawa insists on letting Godzilla kill the other Shinomura and let him return to where he came from, but they say it's too risky. Just then, General MacArthur arrives on a helicopter and gives them permission to nuke the MUTO. Serizawa stops MacArthur, saying he has some concerns, and MacArthur says that he knows he does--that he's thought of the bombing of Hiroshima every day since 1945, but he also spent those years working to build a modern world which he'd kill to protect. At Bikini Atoll, Serizawa convinces the natives to leave. Later on, the Castle Bravo "test" is conducted, killing the Shinomura and presumably Gojira, but Serizawa assures Ishiro that he's still alive as he finishes his story. A year passes and Serizawa passes away and is buried in the Yanaka Cemetery. After the burial is over, Ishiro is approached by Shaw, and Ishiro, knowing the truth, tells Shaw that he's ready to join Monarch, but Shaw claims that he's not sure "anyone's ready for what's coming."

Appearances

Monsters

  • Godzilla
  • Shinomura
  • Giant Gorilla
  • Giant Carnivorous Plant
  • Giant Flying Reptile (skeleton)
  • Giant Shrimp
  • Monster Mammoth
  • Bipedal Monster

Characters

  • Ishiro Serizawa's father
  • Ishiro Serizawa
  • Shaw
  • General Douglas MacArthur
  • Doctor Zamalek
  • Papa Brava
  • Satou
  • Kuso
  • Nakamura

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

Locations

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Written by   Max Borenstein, Greg Borenstein
  • Illustrated by   Eric Battle, Yvel Guichet, Alan Quah, Lee Loughridge
  • Covert art by   Arthur Adams
  • Editor-in-chief   Bob Schreck
  • Publishing Operations Coordinator   David Sadove
  • Associate Editor   Greg Tumbarello
  • Story Writer   Robert Napton

Gallery

Concept Art

Scans

Miscellaneous

Videos

Gareth's announcement

Trivia

  • Yvel Guichet, one of the illustrators for this graphic novel, was also a penciller for Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero.
  • Godzilla: Awakening contradicts the events of Godzilla in several ways. The film states that Monarch was founded in 1954, the same year the USS Nautilus awakened Godzilla. In the graphic novel, Monarch is founded in 1946, and the first sighting of Godzilla takes place in 1948. The film also does not show or mention Shinomura at all, even though the comic indicates that Shinomura was present along with Godzilla when Castle Bravo was detonated at Bikini Atoll in 1954.
    • The film Kong: Skull Island, however, indicates that Monarch was founded by President Harry S. Truman in 1946, and the character William Randa possesses a Monarch ID that was issued in 1952.
  • Godzilla: Awakening shows the USS Nautilus searching for Godzilla in 1950, though the real submarine was not launched until 1954.
  • General Douglas MacArthur is shown briefing the founding members of Monarch in 1946 and gives the order to target Godzilla and Shinomura with a hydrogen bomb in 1954. In real life, MacArthur was relieved of his command by President Harry S. Truman in 1951. This suggests that MacArthur was either never fired in the world of the comic or retained in secret to oversee Monarch.
  • One of the monsters held at Monarch Unit Headquarters is a giant gorilla, likely a reference to King Kong. Godzilla: Awakening was published before Legendary Pictures announced the shared universe which would allow Godzilla and the real Kong to meet.

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Macbeth

25 days ago
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At this point Godzilla awakening is either BARELY clinging onto canon or simply isn’t canon at all. Several of the dates are wrong , Shinomura is mentioned nowhere in the movie , there are boats and whales in the Permian era (true mammals hadn’t evolved yet let alone human beings) and the event of Godzilla surviving a direct impact from a meteor seems way too over the top and dumb for a universe like what legendary is making. That’s more suited for something like final wars , the monsterverse is trying to make these kaiju in some capacity believeable and having a giant reptile survive being smashed by a space rock that’s worse than every nuclear weapon man’s ever created combined doesn’t fit that quality.

Setting canon aside the art is pretty disappointing and they get kindve wonky with gojis design in several panels. Birth of kong is leagues ahead of this. I do however have high expectations for Godzilla aftershock
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Macbeth

25 days ago
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Edit : I was going to take out the "not canon at all" part from my earlier statement but this site wont allow me to edit my comments
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The King of the Monsters

2 months ago
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The debate over the canonicity of Godzilla: Awakening may finally come to an end soon. Legendary Comics will be discussing the MonsterVerse lore including the comics at a panel at L.A. Comic Con on October 26. They mention Awakening in the announcement, suggesting they are still aware of it and consider it canonical. Maybe the panel will explain some of the inconsistencies and how Awakening really fits in.
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G&G-Fan

13 months ago
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Want to know what I wish they did? They should've had a movie version of this be the first Godzilla movie, then do Kong: Skull Island, then do Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Godzilla vs. Kong. I think the story and action (if you even call seeing Godzilla for 2 seconds then cutting to the military action) in this comic was a lot better than 2014. And Shinomura is a lot more interesting then the MUTOs, and it would've been great to see him on the big screen.
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Zakor1138

19 months ago
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This comic being considered "non-canon" seems moot thanks to Kong: Skull Island.
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Titanollante

19 months ago
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Yep, it kinda got retconned back into relevance.
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Titanollante

19 months ago
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Makes sense they would go this route since they're building the MonsterVerse and Awakening laid out the basics that got ignored in Godzilla 2014.
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The King of the Monsters

19 months ago
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Kong: Skull Island may say that this comic's founding date for Monarch is correct, but it doesn't reconcile any of the other continuity discrepancies between Awakening and Godzilla 2014. I doubt there will be any explicit nods to this comic in the future.
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SkullIsland

19 months ago
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The films are the main story-line and the Comics are side story's that fill in the gaps for the films and side story's aren't likely to be mentioned in the films since the film is only going to focus on its characters, but this doesn't mean the side story's are Non-canon. As for those discrepancies, I think that a lot of people who consider this non-canon have either never read to comic or didn't connect the dots properly.I've read the comic a dozen times over and watched the film over, and the two seem to fit together just right.Also a lot of what happened in this book was discussed in KSI such as the founding of monarch and the countless ship attacks thus the many ancient drawings of Godzilla though the ages. If the Comic is officially debunked to non canon then it would prove that Legendary is just recycling/redoing aspects of the comic into the films, and that they just wasted their time on making the comic in the first place.
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The King of the Monsters

19 months ago
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Awakening was written with an early version of the script and was never taken into consideration when the final version of the film was being written. It was created as an additional piece of tie-in material for the film before development on the rest of the MonsterVerse had ever taken off. One shouldn't expect for the writers of Awakening to have thought that far ahead or for writers of future films to look back to Awakening. I don't understand why people are so defensive of this comic and are trying to rationalize its canonicity in every way possible. I personally thought the comic was lazy and underwhelming, but that's just a matter of personal preference. It hasn't been explicitly stated to be non-canon by Legendary, so as far as anyone is concerned it is still canon, but there are in fact numerous contradictions and discrepancies between it and the rest of the MonsterVerse. One of those discrepancies, the founding date of Monarch, has been reconciled, but that doesn't mean Legendary is trying to strictly adhere to the continuity established in Awakening, or that it won't contradict or outright ignore it in the future. The current ongoing comic, Birth of Kong, should be expected to adhere more closely to the films' continuity, because unlike Awakening it is being published after the film is already released, and the rest of the MonsterVerse is already planned out.
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Antovald20

15 months ago
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^ According to these. Yeah it is, also there's multiple interviews that say it is. Plus the movie Kong Skull Island using the date when Monarch was established from the graphic novel and not the 2014 Godzilla film is further evidence. There's other things to consider as well. The post credit scene in Kong Skull Island reveals that Godzilla has awaken throughout earths history, just like what the graphic novel says, and more recently the monarch timeline includes General Macarthur. A character from the graphic novel.

Some of the inconsistencies from Awakening & 2014 film can be solved by simply remembering that Monarch is a secret organization that won't reveal the entire truth about Giant Monsters owning this earth. What they told to Ford was a cover story that simply only involved the Monsters in question, and keep everything else under wraps. Especially when you take a look at there timeline. They have been keeping track of MUTO'S throughout the years, and even contain some.
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Magara M&E

23 months ago
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Should this be considered canon now or no
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Green Blob Thing

22 months ago
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I've never considered it to be canon.
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Titanollante

23 months ago
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It's pretty annoying that there are continuity discrepancies between this, which is supposed to be the prequel story, and Godzilla 2014.