The Last Hope
The Last Hope (ガメラ：最後の希望 is a comic book self-published by artist Gamera Saigo no Kibō, lit. Gamera: The Last Hope)Matt Frank and sold at G-Fest XXIV from July 14-16, 2017 as an unlicensed dōjinshi. A prequel to Shusuke Kaneko's Gamera trilogy, it tells the story of how Gyaos and Gamera were born and details the fall of the ancient civilization that created them. On August 8, 2018, Phase 6 published it as a graphic novel in Japan with the Dark Horse series Gamera: The Guardian of the Universe. It will be officially published in North America and the United Kingdom on July 28, 2020 once again along with The Guardian of the Universe as part of Arrow Video's Gamera: The Complete Collection Blu-ray box set. Gamera rights holder Kadokawa considers The Last Hope canonical to the trilogy.
Eons ago, the serpentine Garasharp attacked a highly advanced human civilization. Their four generals convened to plan the creatures' demise, with the general of the south suggesting the use of Mana to create their own race of monsters. With the others' approval, he supervised the crafting of the bat-like Gyaos, which quickly dispatched the Garasharp. Unfortunately, with their food source gone, the Gyaos turned on humanity. The northern general proposed countering the Gyaos with guardians who would each be psychically linked to a human via magatama beads: Gamera. All but one fell in battle, but successfully repelled the Gyaos. Years later, the Gyaos returned, raiding the civilization's city. Worse, a massive Garasharp joined their assault. The last Gamera, bonded to the northern general, chose to destroy both the city and the monsters attacking it, realizing that humanity would never know peace if his creators kept consuming mana. Survivors of the battle memorialized it in a tablet atop the dormant Gamera, with the southern general tending to a mysterious egg.
Weapons, vehicles, and races
- Atlantean magatama
- Atlantean catapult
Japanese BLISTER Comics exclusive cover by Matt Frank
- Each of the Gameras in The Last Hope has a distinct design, with some patterned after the Showa Gamera and Toto. The stone which held Toto's egg in Gamera the Brave also appears on the final page.
- The dōjinshi version of The Last Hope concludes with three pages of artwork by Sophie Campbell, Adam Milicevic, and Christian Gonzalez.
- Although never mentioned by name in the story itself, the massive Garasharp was refereed to as 'The Matriarch' or Garasharp Matriarch by the original story creator and artist, Matt Frank.
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