Godzilla: The Half-Century War #1

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Godzilla: The Half-Century War
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"Japan, 1954"
Cover A of issue #1 by James Stokoe
Story by James Stokoe
Art by James Stokoe
Colors by James Stokoe and Heather Beckel
Edits by Bobby Curnow
Sales 11,010 copies[1]
Godzilla: The Half-Century War

"Japan, 1954" is the first issue of Godzilla: The Half-Century War. It was released on August 8, 2012.


Introducing a new and exciting look at Godzilla's reign of destruction, courtesy of Orc Stain creator James Stokoe! The year is 1954 and Lieutnant Ota Murakami is on hand when Godzilla makes first landfall in Japan. Along with his pal Kentaro, Ota makes a desperate gamble to save lives...and in the process begins an obsession with the King of the Monsters that lasts fifty years! Don't miss the first decade in a tale of a lifetime!


In the year 1954, Ota Murakami, a Japanese lieutenant in the JSDF, and his best friend Kentaro are leading a tank battalion deep into the heart of Tokyo during Godzilla's first assault on Tokyo.

Upon encountering Godzilla, Ota orders all the tanks in the battalion to open fire on him, but their attack merely alerts the giant monster to their presence, and he quickly destroys all of the tanks with his atomic breath, save for Ota's, which has its radio antenna broken.

Kentaro fixes the radio and the two get word that Godzilla is heading for a massive group of civilians trying to evacuate. Springing into action, Ota and Kentaro manage to catch up with Godzilla moments before he reaches the evacuees and distract him with a shot to the face. Godzilla proceeds to give chase to the tank throughout the city, and he eventually falls victim to an artillery strike.

However, that too also proves futile as Godzilla quickly recovers from the attack and gives chase to the tank yet again. With the tank's engine almost broken, Kentaro manages to veer it into a canal as Godzilla marches away into the sea.

Ota gets a broken arm and is sent to the hospital. He breaks out a few days later and watches with Ken as Godzilla is seemingly killed by the Oxygen Destroyer.

A few months later, Ota and Kentaro are given an offer by a Colonel Schooler to hunt down Godzilla, who is seemingly alive and is wreaking chaos across the Pacific. Ota accepts, and so does Kentaro, though the latter is reluctant.



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