In spite of initial skepticism, Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot has become one of 2014’s most anticipated films. In fact, after seeing footage of the movie at Comic Con 2013, followed by official marketing, Godzilla ranked at number one on the Screen Rant team’s Screen Rant’s 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014 – beating out Captain America: The Winter Solider, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and other high profile blockbusters.
It may not end up being the “best” movie of the year (or maybe it will) but the mysterious approach Legendary has taken in promoting the project, coupled with breathtaking monster footage and an intriguing character story, has kept us eager to see Edwards’ finished film. Still, with only two primary trailers available, many of the film’s biggest mysteries remain – most notably, where exactly does Godzilla come from? Fortunately, a new prequel comic titled Godzilla: Awakening may provide some answers.
Co-written by Max Borenstein (who penned the feature film reboot), Godzilla: Awakening presents a prequel storyline, set nearly half a century before Edwards’ film, when humanity had its first encounter with Godzilla.
Check out the cover art from Arthur Adams, followed by a brief synopsis, below (click to enlarge):
This 80-page story, set decades before the film, delves into an incredible mystery, generations in the making. At the dawn of the atomic age, humanity awakens life forms beyond imagination, unleashing monumental forces of nature. This explosive, larger-than-life adventure is the perfect way for fans to glimpse the new Godzilla before seeing the film in theaters.
The comic will be available on May 7th, nine days before the King of Monsters storms back into theaters, and based on the synopsis, should help provide much-needed context for some of the trailers’ most intriguing elements – especially connections between Godzilla and the U.S. bombing of Bikini Atoll (specifically, that we were trying to kill the monster).
The synopsis also adds further credence to speculation that humanity’s experimentation with nuclear technology might not be outright responsible for creating Godzilla (as well as other giant monsters) and, in this version, simply freed them from an undisclosed location where they were either dormant or sealed away. There’s still a possibility that nuclear fallout could have mutated indigenous species but the synopsis’ wording of “awakens” and “unleashing” seems to indicate otherwise. Additionally, the voiceover from Ken Watanabe featured in the trailer suggests that Edwards’ Godzilla won’t lean on a cautionary tale about the dangers of unchecked science and will, instead, reinforce that no matter how accomplished we become, nature will find new and unexpected ways to humble humanity.
As for those “life forms beyond imagination,” we’ve offered some suggestions about which classic monsters might be included in Godzilla (as well as which ones we’d like to see in a sequel). After all, Edwards has previously stated that Godzilla isn’t the only monster in the film and the trailer, paired with Comic Con footage, makes it pretty apparent that multiple enemy monsters could appear (or, at the very least, one monster that mutates significantly throughout the movie’s runtime).
Whether or not we’ll get a sneak peek at Godzilla’s foes in the prequel comic is unclear at this time but, with story co-written by the Godzilla screenwriter, paired with illustration from several fan-favorite comic book artists (Eric Battle, Yvel Guichet, Alan Quah, Lee Loughridge, and Arthur Adams), there’s plenty of reason for fans to jump into Edwards’ reboot one week early with Godzilla: Awakening.
Godzilla opens in U.S. theaters on May 16th, 2014. Godzilla: Awakening will be available on May 7th, 2014.
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