Terror of Godzilla #4
 Kazuhisa Iwata, Mike Richardson, Randy Stradley
Pencils: Kazuhisa Iwata Inks: Kazuhisa Iwata
Language: English Release: 1998
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Pages: 32
Colors: Chris Chalenor Cover: Arthur Adams
Monster Appearances: Aliens, SDF, & Misc Appearances:
Godzilla Super-X, Type 74 Tank
Anthony Romero
This is the fourth issue in Dark Horse's Terror of Godzilla line, which gives a color reprinting to Kazuhisa Iwata's The Return of Godzilla manga. This particular comic deals with Godzilla's attack on Tokyo, news of the incoming soviet nuclear missile and the eventual mobilization of the Super-X along with it injecting Godzilla with cadmium missiles. Overall, this is a decent issue in the Terror of Godzilla run. It suffers a little from being obviously chopped out of a story that was never intended to be presented in a "to be continued" fashion, as there is nothing to catch readers up to speed who might have missed previous issues or are unfamiliar with the film, but it's probably not something that will bother fans of the King of the Monsters in the least. As for the art, this section of Iwata's original manga is actually a good selection of the artist's work. Yes, there are still some shots that don't look right, most of which are panels with Godzilla in them, but on the whole this issue houses some of Iwata's better done sketches for the manga. In terms of the coloring, done by Chris Chalenor, sadly it doesn't really fit this particular issue very well. The biggest problem is really the variety of colors used, as there is a very bright array present, like a lot of neon-hued oranges and yellows. It gives the book an almost "bouncy" type of feel, which clashes with the darker subject matter and the more serious tone present in The Return of Godzilla (1984). As for the comic's cover, Arthur Adams returns for another shot at the King of the Monsters, and turns in another winner. The cover to this issue depicts the Super-X hovering over the recently incapacitated Godzilla, and Adams gives his usual attention to detail in the artwork, presenting a look to Godzilla that is completely faithful with how the character appeared back in 1984.