The Last Hope

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The Last Hope
The English cover of The Last Hope
Story by Matt Frank
Written by Joshua Bugosh
Art by Matt Frank
Cover by Matt Frank, Goncalo Lopes
Publisher Matt FrankUS,
Phase 6JP
Publish date July 14, 2017US,
August 8, 2018JP

The Last Hope (ガメラ:最後の希望,   Gamera: Saigo no Kibō, lit. Gamera: The Last Hope) is a comic book self-published by artist Matt Frank and sold at G-Fest XXIV from July 14-16, 2017 as an unlicensed dojinshi. 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. Gamera rights holder Kadokawa considers The Last Hope canonical to the trilogy.[1]

Plot

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.

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Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

Gallery

Trivia

  • 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 dojinshi 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.[citation needed]

References

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Godzilla Raids Again

one month ago
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Can someone post a link to where I can read this online? Plus we need more images of this comic, maybe even every single page too.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

one month ago
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It's not online.
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SkullIslandExplorer

one month ago
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Your best bet is to buy the Japanese translation of it (like I did). Which also includes the Heisei miniseries by Dark Horse.
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Godzilla Raids Again

one month ago
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What a shame. Well, can someone at least add more images to this page? Maybe even every page so we can read it without buying it.
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SkullIslandExplorer

3 months ago
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Has anyone read this comic? If so, tell me what you think of it.
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SkullIslandExplorer

3 months ago
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Just wanted to throw this out there: The Gamera Army kinda reminds me of the Superman Army from Final Crisis (being an army of old and new designs/iterations of a single character that is).
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Enshohma

3 months ago
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For the record, I got the name for the gigantic Garasharp, Garasharp Matriarch, from Matt Frank himself through a Facebook conversation via messenger.
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SkullIslandExplorer

5 months ago
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Anyone know where I can find a copy of this and its paperback? Thanks.
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SkullIslandExplorer

4 months ago
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Never mind, I managed to find one. :)
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SkullIslandExplorer

4 months ago
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UPDATE: Just got my copy today! And I gotta say, AWESOME comic (or in this case, Dōjinshi). Even though I can read Japanese (let alone speak it), the plot is very simple and straightforward, but in a good way (in fact, it doesn’t even need text, it’s that simple to follow), the Garasharps are awesome, the Gyaos are awesome, and Gamera is phenomenal! Now, if only this can get an American release.....
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SkullIslandExplorer

4 months ago
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“Even though I can read Japanese” I CAN’T read or speak Japanese. Sorry about that, my computer LOVES to auto-correct everything I type. :(
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Green Blob Thing

7 months ago
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Kinda cool how something unlicensed like this ended up being considered part of the official canon. Quite amazing, actually.
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Shogunguirus

4 months ago
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The lesson? Keep on making unlicensed comics, potentially get a copyright lawsuit and pray that the owner of the original assets acknowledge your work!
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The Guardian of the Universe

7 months ago
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Wait... so this is CANON? Gosh, this means so much to the franchise! It means this finally makes Garasharp an official kaiju and explains the origins of Gamera clearly!
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Les

7 months ago
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Well, Garasharp was always an 'official' kaiju.
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The Guardian of the Universe

7 months ago
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Yes, but this means expanding the Gamera Heisei series universe, which had remained untouched since 1999 (or 2002...), so this is a big expansion for the franchise (considering it's kinda s m o l compared to Godzilla's). I hope it gets another release, I would totally buy it, and besides, there are only a few images of it on the internet...
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