Terror of Godzilla #3
 Kazuhisa Iwata
Pencils: Kazuhisa Iwata Inks: Kazuhisa Iwata
Language: English Release: 1998
Publisher: Dark Horse Pages: 32
Colors: Chris Chalenor Cover: Arthur Adams
Monster Appearances: Aliens, SDF, & Misc Appearances:
Godzilla Super-X, Soviet Nuclear Attack Satellite, SH-60J Sea Hawk, Ballistic Missile Launcher, M110A2 Self-Propelled Howitzer
Michael Calhoun (submission)

This is the third issue of the six part Terror of Godzilla comic book series. Originally realized as a manga, these comics separate the story into six colorized segments. The colorization is generally proficient throughout all of the issues. Part three sees Godzilla advancing through Tokyo Bay towards the hapless metropolis. Many shots emulate the film, such as Godzilla grasping a train full of passengers and hurling it to the ground. This entry concludes with the launching of the Soviet nuclear missile, which segways into the following comic. When one gets right down to basics, there are a few things to note about this adaptation. The original artwork by Kazhisa Iwata removes the appearances of the characters somewhat noticeably from the characteristics of their onscreen personas; a subject worthy of note, even though it may be a point of relatively minimal importance in the long run. The timeline of events also seems to be somewhat shuffled, as the discovery and implementation of the avian frequency phenomenon appears to happen quite a bit later than the film. As a note to those who have only seen Godzilla 1985, the original intent to have the Soviet missile fire accidentally is restored (understandably, of course, since it was a staple of the Japanese version).

Overall, the dark tone that defined The Return of Godzilla (1984) for a generation is successfully recreated here. The cover artwork especially conveys the awe-inspiring might and presence of Godzilla, which lures in those who may frown at the potential for a mostly solo appearance by the endearing monster king. As an interesting side note, there are some intriguing aspects to the art direction; including a brief scene where Godzilla catches a glimpse of his reflection in one of Tokyo's skyscrapers. It is one of those natural happenstances that is sometimes overlooked on the film side of things, but explored more thoroughly in the medium of print. All in all, it is a wonderfully accomplished adaptation of the manga rendition of The Return of Godzilla (1984).