IDW Publishing has announced a new miniseries featuring the King of the Monsters, Godzilla, set to begin this August! Godzilla: Half Century War will take place in it’s own continuity separate from the Duane Swierczyski and Simon Gane ongoing series beginning in May.
Half Century War will be written and drawn by James Stokoe, the mind behind Image Comics’ Orc Stain, and impressed IDW’s Bobby Curnow with his World War G work he had done on his own. The guy is a big Godzilla fan and it shows in his artwork! Says Curnow, “A basic Google search of “Godzilla art” brought me to a four or five page Godzilla comic that James did for fun called World War G. I was sort of flabbergasted that a creator I was such a fan of just happened to be a huge Godzilla fan. We started talking and it was clear that he had a full story dancing around in his mind.” He goes on to say that each book in the miniseries will take place during a different decade in Godzilla’s history: “You’ll see some hippies that are very into Mothra as the book goes on… There will be plenty of fun stuff for Godzilla fans, but at the same time it will be unique and accessible to the average reader.”
IDW describes the series like this: 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!
This is the sort of thing that I, as a life long Godzilla fan, have enjoyed about the series; both movies and comics don’t have one solid continuity. Many of the movies are more or less direct sequels to the original Godzilla film, the last IDW series was like that as well, it was also set in a different reality. This new miniseries already shows a lot of promise just from the artwork alone! But will that be enough to carry the weight of the Godzilla Legacy? We’ll have to wait until August to know for sure but hopefully we’ll get an official press release from IDW much sooner!
-via Comics Alliance