Godzilla: The Half-Century War
Godzilla: The Half-Century War (ゴジラ：ハーフセンチュリー・ウォー is a five-issue comic book miniseries by Gojira: Hāfusenchurī Wō, lit. "Godzilla: Half-Century War")IDW Publishing. Written and illustrated by James Stokoe, it ran from August 8, 2012, to April 3, 2013. Heather Beckel provided color assists for the series, and Bobby Curnow edited. The story follows a Japanese soldier named Ota Murakami as he runs afoul of Godzilla throughout his life. Following an encounter with Godzilla during the monster's first attack on Tokyo in 1954, Murakami and his friend Kentaro Yoshihara are recruited by Colonel Schooler into the monster-hunting organization known as the Anti Megalosaurus Force. Murakami and the A.M.F.'s repeated run-ins with Godzilla take them to Vietnam in 1967, Ghana in 1975, Bombay in 1987, and eventually to a final confrontation in Antarctica in 2002.
Godzilla: The Half-Century War has been republished numerous times as both a trade paperback and hardcover. It is also included in the Godzilla by James Stokoe Deluxe Edition hardcover collection set for release in September 2023, and the Godzilla Library Collection, Vol. 1 trade paperback set to release in October 2023 along with Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths and Godzilla: Legends. Phase Six published a Japanese translation of the complete comic on July 31, 2020, while Saldapress and Moztros have published Italian and Spanish translations, respectively.
In 2009, James Stokoe drew a short Godzilla fan comic called "World War G," in which Godzilla battled a futuristic military force. His friend Brandon Graham posted it on his LiveJournal, where it received the attention of io9 and Monster Island News. When IDW acquired the comic license to Godzilla, the comic inspired editor Bobby Curnow to contact Stokoe. As a "tryout," he drew a five-page battle between Godzilla and Hedorah, scripted by Chris Mowry. After IDW hired him to a illustrate a miniseries, he requested writing duties on it as well. To his surprise, the company agreed.
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Godzilla Store exclusive mini poster by Matt Frank
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- Despite being called a "half-century war," the story begins in 1954 and ends in 2002, a total of 48 years instead of 50.
- The Dimension Tide from Godzilla vs. Megaguirus makes an appearance, albeit as a land-based weapon instead of a satellite-based one.
- The name of the series' human antagonist, Dr. Deverich, comes from combining the last names of Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, respectively.
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