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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Godzilla: Rage Across Time Comic Book

You know me - always looking out for the best interests in those who like Japan or Japanese-related things.


That’s all you have to say, and everyone has their own image of the kaiju King of the Monsters. Love it or hate it.

I know we all seem to think of Godzilla as a “he”, but there is no evidence to suggest that’s the case. Could be male. Could be female. Could be both or neither.

What we have here above is a variant cover to the December 2016 comic book Godzilla: Rage Across Time.

In this mini-series, we see Godzilla, and related beasties, in stories from Earth’s glorious past… stories that may have influenced the way the world is today… stories that for whatever reason have been twisted by time so that they appear as myth or even as some completely different interpretation.

We get stories about ancient Greece and how the old Gods died. Stories about dragons in England. How Hannibal really crossed the Alps to combat Rome, and of course, Feudal Japan.

First off… the cover and story above is drawn by artist Matt Frank.

It, and the artwork within, is meant to have the same palette as that used in classic ukiyo-e prints… combine that with Godzilla’s pose, the Hokusai-like waves and water, this is one of my favourite ever interpretations of Godzilla.

Then take a look below at the regular cover for the issue: a representation of how the Hokusai-wave was really caused.

Based on Hokusai’s classic 36 Views of Mt. Fuji, we get all that, including the watercraft buffeted mightily by the waters.

This cover is drawn by Bob Eggleton.

Lastly, we have a second alternate cover, this one drawn by James Biggie. I’m not sure what it reminds me of, but it does remind me of Japan. Perhaps that’s because it has Godzilla in it. Or maybe it's Godzilla as the Japanese god of wind - Fūjin.

Within the story, we get kaiju Yamata no Orochi (八岐の大蛇 , Big Snake Of Eight Branches,) an eight-headed serpent from Japanese mythology that made its first appearance in the 1959 Toho film,   The Three Treasures.

There’s also Gigan (ガイガン, Gaigan), an alien cyborg kaiju created by Toho that first appeared in the 1972 Godzilla film, Godzilla vs. Gigan.

And… Megalon (メガロ, Megaro)! A giant insectoid kaiju created by Toho that first appeared in the 1973 Godzilla film, Godzilla vs. Megalon.

Ye cats! What more do you want?

Well… how about the real reason the Mongol invasion of 1274 failed? Thank-you Godzilla.

The story even incorporates the Heikegani - the wondrous ghost crabs of Japan that seem to have a samurai face on their back shell. This is real! See HERE.

So… why am I wasting your time writing about a comic book that came out two years ago? Well… you can get the entire five-issue mini-series as one large graphic novel at your local bookseller. Or you can ask buy it from Amazon or E-Bay

There’s still time for you to get this for that Godzilla-lover you know.

Andrew Joseph    

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