Soran ソーラン


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Godzilla King of the Monsters (1987); Godzilla King of the Monsters #12

Series // Dark Horse



For countless centuries, an eons-old stone slab covered in ancient runes lay buried deep within the earth on the Japanese island of Honshu. But as time marched on and human civilization progressed, the slab eventually became unearthed by a construction crew in 1940s Tokyo. Thinking it an amazing discovery, Professor Morio Yoshiwara investigated the stone, finding that it was releasing increasing amounts of radiation. After a large, leech-like creature emerged from a hole within the slab and attacked one of his assistants, Yoshiwara began to obsess over it, trying to find the answers to the stone's origins.

He began reading about strange phenomena taking place recently. One such incident involved a Pan Am flight from Tokyo to Hong Kong having a frightening encounter with a large unidentified flying object over the East China Sea. Witnesses said the object stared back at the plane with "gigantic, evil eyes," and that the aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in Taipei.

SoranAt last, Yoshiwara had deciphered the strange carvings on the stone slab and ran to the construction site to warn his superiors as well as the construction crew. The markings served as a warning to anyone who read them and referred to an age of monsters. The slab had been buried on Honshu thousands of years ago, long before humans had settled on the island, in order to protect the world from a race of beasts known as the Disaster Monsters. Every three to four thousand years, the destructive creatures would wake up en masse and seek out the slab, as if somehow called to it. Yoshiwara believed that three of these beasts - Soran, Inagos, and Godzilla - had already awakened and were on their way towards Japan. Unfortunately, none of them believed his findings, and he was fired for what was believed to be the ramblings of a mad man.

Much to Yoshiwara's horror, his mad ramblings were proven true that very same day. Godzilla rose from Tokyo Bay and began to attack the city as he made his way inland towards the slab, driven to answer it. At the same time, Soran - a hideous, vulture-like creature - soared across the sea towards Japan, the beast's wings taking it to the slab and its enticing call. Enacting a plan to lure Godzilla away from Japan, Yoshiwara coerced Burton Helzer, the foreman of the construction crew, to carry the slab away with a helicopter. As Yoshiwara gave his life to distract Godzilla, Helzer carried the slab away from the city and out to sea. Leaving Tokyo behind him, Godzilla followed Helzer's helicopter out to the open ocean, swimming after the stone as Soran closed in.

Realizing that Godzilla was growing even closer, Helzer prepared to drop the slab into the ocean's depths, only to be attacked by Soran. Caught between the two Disaster Monsters, Helzer finally released the ancient stone into the waves below. As Godzilla swam down after the calling rock, Soran dove into the sea as well, following close behind. But as desperately as the grotesque bird wanted to follow the slab, it soon became apparent that the water was not a suitable environment for the creature. Soran emerged from the sea and returned to the skies, flying back to wherever it came from, off to rest for another few thousand years until the slab called to it once again.

Powers / Weapons


Soran possesses the ability to fly thanks to its wings. The monstrous Thunderbird is a speedy flier as well, first appearing in the middle of the Pacific Ocean quite some distance away from Japan and zeroing in on Godzilla and the slab rather quickly.

Background and Trivia
  • Created by Randy Stradley and Steve Bissette.
  • According to Professor Yoshiwara's translations, the monster's full name is "Soran the Thunderbird."
  • In Godzilla King of the Monsters #12, after Professor Mason utilizes his time travel technology to bring Godzilla to the futuristic city of Harmony Cluster Nine, he ponders doing the same to other cities of the future by using other "historic monsters" to accomplish similar results. One of the creatures he imagines running amok throughout time for his scheme is Soran.