The first thing that must be said about the comic prequel to the new “Godzilla” movie is that it seems to contain a massive spoiler! So if you haven’t yet seen the movie, then perhaps you should wait until you have, before reading either the comic or this review.
Set in the early ’80s, with most of the action playing out in flashbacks to the postwar era, “Godzilla Awakening” traces the familiar origin story behind Japan’s famous monster: With the beast awoken by the devastating atomic blasts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But the twist here — and the spoiler! — is that in this version of the story it’s not only Godzilla that is unleashed by man’s nuclear ambitions, the giant lizard is joined by another, much more sinister, creature.
It’s Tokyo in 1980, and Ishiro Serizawa, (played by Ken Watanabe in the movie) is told by his elderly father that instead of working for a shipping company, as Ishiro had believed, he had actually been employed by a secret organization created by Gen. MacArthur in the aftermath of the World War II that was tasked with tracking down an evil life form that fed on radiation — and which can only be defeated by a mythical foe called, you guessed it: Godzilla.