Kazuhisa Iwata
Pencils: Kazuhisa Iwata Inks: Kazuhisa Iwata
Language: English Release: 1995
Publisher: Dark Horse Pages: 200
Colors: - Cover: Bob Eggleton
Monster Appearances: Aliens, SDF, & Misc Appearances:
Godzilla, Shockirus Super X, Delta II Class Nuclear Submarine, P-03 Orion Maritime Patrol Plane, CH-47 Chinook, Type 74 Tank, Soviet Nuclear Attack Satellite
Andrew Nguyen (submission)
Released first in 1990 and then in 1995, this is an English translated version of the manga The Return of Godzilla in a single trade paperback, which Dark Horse had released back in 1988 and 1989 as single volume issues starting with Godzilla #1.

For those that are familiar with the manga version of the series, not much needs be said here. To sum it all up, this is a manga retelling of The Return of Godzilla (1984) and while the plot is pretty much the same, there are some differences in terms of the order of events in the movie as well as in miniscule details about the actions of the characters.

While the drawings of the characters seem odd at times, they fare better in comparison to Godzilla, who doesn't resemble very much the design that is seen in the movie itself. In fact, the designs for Godzilla seem to change through out.

After reading through the manga, there is an afterword by one of the editors involved before there is a page listing the films produced up to when the second edition of the trade paperback was released as when the second edition was released, the 40th anniversary of the series took place the year before. After that is artwork by several artists including one that was the art cover from the Dark Horse comic Godzilla King of the Monsters, which appeared in comic book stores in 1987.

Unlike the single-issue releases, Bob Eggleton does the cover for the trade paperback. Anyone familiar with his work will know what to expect. However, in this case the cover does not seem to measure up to his standards for his later work at Dark Horse as well as his stint for Random House. Despite that, it is still an impressive design all the same.