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Godzilla: Past, Present, & Future: Past, Present, and Future Paperback – 7 Apr 1998

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; Gph edition (7 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569712786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569712788
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.4 x 1.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,574,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Another great addition to Godzilla literature 28 April 2004
By Michael Pappalardo - Published on
Format: Paperback
The final part of the 1990's Dark Horse comic series, 'Past, Present, Future' has Godzilla fighting the familiar intergalactic space apes of previous movies, which was an added bit of ridiculous plot twist we Godzilla fans all know and love. This book practically features 'Godzilla vs. Predator', but instead of the 8 foot intergalactic hunter going after humans, you have a group of 80 foot intergalactic hunters going after Godzila. Interesting, and very different.
The main focus of this comic is Godzilla being transported throught he past, present and future, causing disasters such as the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in Pompeii, the sinking of the Titanic, and th 1909 San Francisco Earthquake. A mad scientist, who looks like something out of a cheesy 1940's space adventure comic, is a rather ridiculous character, but like the first trade paperback in this series, the corny plot twist is a welcome and familiar aspect of Godzilla, but this was definitely the lowest point of the Godzilla storyline.
Unfortuantely, Dark Horse ended its Godzilla run before they finished the final story ends poorly and abruptly, with Godzilla and G-Force about to engage in a huge fight...a fight which never comes, since the series ends. I would've liked to have seen more Godzilla comics from Dark Horse, so if they ever decide to revive it, i'll be the first one to pick it up...though I sincerely doubt it will happen.
Like the first TPB 'Age of Monsters', this book has been published completely in Black & White...most likely to save money. Its unfortuante, since the lack of color from the original comics severely detracts from the detail, making some of the art panels difficult to interpret. Otherwise, the art is good, and the stories have the classic Godzilla formula to keep them up.
As far as Dark Horse Comics goes...they have undoubtedly put out some of the worst comics ever conceived...I would dare say even probably the worst in the entire history of American literature. Luckily, Godzilla does not suffer from was a good run that ended too early and abruptly. Definitely pick this one up for your collection.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great book 25 April 2005
By Bokan - Published on
Format: Paperback
This Godzilla book is quite nice. I was impressed with the artwork of the Big G. He's always so terrifying and cool at the same time. The stories Godzilla was put into for this book are unique (our resident mega dinosaur sure is a busy king). I found the last one, the short story on Godzilla's origin and possible purpose in the world, to be the most interesting because no matter how much destruction and suffering the King of Monsters causes, he really is the only one who can be Earth's protector against enemy giant monsters. I think it's about time he realizes it.

The human team G-Force who always follow Godzilla are an able and determined bunch who try their hardest to understand the Big G's reasons for existing. It's too bad G-Force and Godzilla aren't friends or something so that maybe some kind of interesting development could happen between them.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
GREAT! 17 May 2000
By Douglas Ketcham - Published on
Format: Paperback
A great collection of some of Dark Horse's Godzilla comics. In these comics, Godzilla battles the Black Hole aliens' (from "GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA" [1974] and "TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA" [1975]) mechacial-spider; some giant hunters from outer space; and runs amok through time.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Godzilla Past, Present, and Future Rocks!! 8 Aug 2003
By Adam Sladek - Published on
Format: Paperback
This books rocks for all Godzilla Fans. I love the drawrings and how they are so realistic. The plots for each comic are really awsome! With giant mutant crabs to a mad scientist who trasports Godzilla through time. This book is a treat to all Godzilla fans!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A must for any Godzilla fan! 25 Sep 2006
By Squash 'N' Squeak - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is probably the best of the 2 Godzilla comic compilations. It follows the story of G-Force tracking down Godzilla blah blah blah, if you've read the last collection, or just read the comic books, you know what G-Force is all about. In this book, Godzilla fights a giant mechanical spider, giant aliens (speaking of which, the way they connected the aliens with the super-intelligent apes with the guys from the last series was brilliant), travels through time, fights a new creature called Burtannus, and fights a giant lobster (it's not Ebirah, though). But there's a lot of action in between these fights. If you claim to be the biggest Godzilla fan ever, you'll be a liar until you own this along with the comp' that was before it.

Dark Horse has put out some of the worst comics ever (if not THE worst), but the Godzilla series is the one light that shines through it's empire of darkness. Sorry for the weird comparisons, but c'mon, it's true!

Too bad the story of G-Force and Godzilla didn't continue after this, as the ending really leaves you wanting more, since it seems that it could lead into more amazing comics installed into the series. Well, as far as _I_ know, it didn't continue. But if it did, I'd love to get the next compilation.
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