Sunday, February 5, 2012
Retro Review: GODZILLA COLOR SPECIAL
Destroyer 14 has done it again by creating another great review, this time focusing on one of the most famous Godzilla comics ever.
What made the "Godzilla Color Special" so memorable was that it was the first time Dark Horse Comics ever utilized their Godzilla license in color.
Before this was the rare "Godzilla, King of the Monsters Special #1" and the "Godzilla 1985" movie tie-in series "Godzilla"...but they were both published in black and white as this was the mantra Dark Horse comics was following.
As such the "Godzilla Color Special" was a turning point for both the publisher and Godzilla comics, as they reintroduced Godzilla back in a big fashion.
What's also noteworthy is that this issue remained a stand-alone issue, something Dark Horse was never fond of doing.
Anybody who follows Dark Horse Comics knows they always released things 4 or 5 issues at a time. It's their way of ensuring 4/5 times the money if each issue sells well. Not so with this debut.
I myself have this issue and it does remain one of my favorite Godzilla comics ever.
Writers Art Adams and Randy Stradley were nicely able to sum up everything within one issue, nicely pacing the introduction of Godzilla with his battles with the G-Force crew...and an entirely new monster called "Gekido-Jin".
(On a spoilerish note, the neat side-effect of Gediko-Jin growing bigger and bigger with each defeat made for some great roundabout fighting).
And the artwork by Art Adams...absolutely phenomenal.
Art remains by far the best Godzilla artists around, and I hope that IDW comics gets smart and utilizes him for any of their upcoming issues/series.
I highly recommend everyone to pick up this issue if you haven't read it before. You definitely won't regret it.
Also here's the link for Destroyer 14's review:
comicbookmovie.com: Retro Review: Godzilla Color Special
As an added BONUS I've reposted the amazing motion comics YouTube user "JediMaster 725" did on this issue. Enjoy!