Godzilla versus Hero Zero
 Michael Eury
Pencils: Tatsuya Ishida Inks: Mike Miller
Language: English Release: 1995
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Pages: 32
Colors: Pamela Rambo Cover: Arthur Adams
Monster Appearances: Aliens, SDF, & Misc Appearances:
Godzilla Hero Zero, F-15 Jets, DD-122 Hatsuyuki Class Destroyer
Anthony Romero
The King of the Monsters fights one of Dark Horse's homebrewed Super Heroes in the first, but not last, Godzilla crossover from Dark Horse. Hero Zero makes for an interesting opponent for the nuclear menace, but not a particularly memorable one. Hero Zero has the powers of flight and is able to alter his own size—it's most likely a coincidence that he and Jet Jaguar have the exact same powers—his true identity is a teenager called David. As far as the actual story goes, it's nothing really special: David, his Dad, and friend Billy are going to the San Diego Comic Convention when Godzilla attacks (lured there when Hero Zero flew over Godzilla, who was underwater, toward San Diego). The two behemoths fight and both appear to be pretty evenly matched; however, much to Hero Zero's dismay their confrontation causes untold casualties in San Diego, one of which is David's friend Billy, a tragedy which also causes David's Dad to realize Hero Zero's secret identity. Billy's death prompts Hero Zero to fight Godzilla in a fit of rage and he is able to subdue the creature by dropping him off at sea. Sadly, the dialogue in this comic is pretty bad, and is cause for some unintentional laughs. For example, the part where Godzilla confronts a fleet of battleships in a, short, four panel segment goes as follows: "Lord, would you look at that thing!" "Don't let his size intimidate you, men. It's up to us to keep this monster from reaching the city." *Firing, Godzilla destroys a carrier* "Holy--! Radio in tell them we just can't stop Godzilla..." Perhaps if this part wasn't so rushed it might have been better, but with only four panels dedicated to it (which takes up roughly 2/3 of a page) the dialogue comes off as comical. As for the art, it's pretty nice, except for Godzilla who ranges from looking good to decent from panel to panel. The, once again, excellent cover is done by Arthur Adams, and is probably the best part about this comic.

It should be noted that Dark Horse printed another version of this comic that featured a slightly altered cover. On this other version, the bar code is gone and in its place is a red oval with the text, "It's a must have double-bag item when the two BIGGEST characters in comics crash the SAN DIEGO COMIC CON". Other than the added word bubble, and removal of the bar code, both printings of the comic are the same. Click here to see the alternate cover.