A few years back, Orc Stain artist (and io9 favorite) James Stokoe did a short concept piece titled World War G, in which Godzilla trashes Tokyo in Stokoe's grimy-gorgeous, hyper-detailed fashion.

This just-for-laughs concept piece led to Stokoe's new official Godzilla comic, Godzilla: The Half-Century War, which hits stores next week. Here's an exclusive seven-page preview of the first issue, and holy hell does it look good. Hopefully someone from Marvel will now take a hint and green-light Stokoe's "Spider-Man in Vietnam" concept piece. The Half-Century War hits stores next Wednesday, August 8. Here's the plot synopsis:

Godzilla: The Half-Century War #1 (of 5)
James Stokoe (w & a & c)
Introducing a new and exciting look at Godzilla's reign of destruction, courtesy of Orc Stain creator James Stokoe! The year is 1954 and Lieutnant Ota Murakami is on hand when Godzilla makes first landfall in Japan. Along with his pal Kentaro, Ota makes a desperate gamble to save lives... and in the process begins an obsession with the King of the Monsters that lasts fifty years! Don't miss the first decade in a tale of a lifetime!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Variant Frank Teran cover!