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Movie Prequel Comics: Are They Worth Reading?
Which of the endless graphic novel add-ons should you seek out?

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It's become increasingly common in the last few years for movies, especially blockbusters involving science fiction or superheroes, to come complete with a prequel comic book. These publications fill in missing backstory, offer easter eggs for fans and clear up obscure plot points in a way that allows you to sound much more knowledgeable than your friends. Here are some of the best we've seen, that might just answer a few questions along the way... WORDS OWEN WILLIAMS
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Movie Prequel Comics: Are They Worth Reading? | Man of Steel
Man of Steel

Writer: Sterling Gates
Art: Jerry Ordway

Our first entry, and we’re straight into the issue of canon. Are these things to be taken as gospel? Because if so, the mystery of the empty, open cryo-pod in Man of Steel’s crashed Kryptonian ship is no mystery at all: the sarcophagus’ missing incumbent is Kara Zor-El, known to Helen Slater fans as Supergirl.

The comic takes place at an unspecified point in Krypton’s pre-apocalypse past (we're guessing around 20,000 years ago, Earth-time, given the ice around the ship). Kara faces tragedy, battling Krypton’s first murderer in centuries, Dev-Em, and passing an “Explorer’s Council” exercise that allows her to go off terraforming in a Fortress of Solitude scout craft.

This last doesn’t go so well thanks to Dev-Em’s interference, leading to the accident that plants her ship under the ice on Ellesmere Island. A dream in cryo-sleep hints at the powers in store for her under the influence of Earth’s yellow sun, and while it’s unclear whether the figure seen leaving the ship is Kara or Dev-Em, some Inuit art depicting the “hope” glyph suggests Kara might have won the day, and is out there, somewhere. We finish with a “To be continued” over a panel of hobo-Clark on his way to Canada…

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1 what about southland tales
what about the graphic novels produced for Southland Tales? they were actually integral to the story line of the movie and made a whole lot more sense of it. And they were all written by Richard Kelly, surely they deserve a mention for die hard Richard Kelly fans and also people who slated the film. More

Posted by hi charlie on Tuesday July 9, 2013, 19:35

2 Missing
No mention of the 2000AD Shaun of the Dead prequel (brilliant) or the various Watchmen prequels (dreadful)? More

Posted by evergrowingbrain on Tuesday July 9, 2013, 11:49

3 So...
are they worth reading or not?!?! More

Posted by partybee on Monday July 8, 2013, 13:13

4 Pacific Rim prequel comic
was pretty poor. It also struck me as possibly far more spoilery than it should have been - it didn't seem to introduce a world but summarise huge chunks of plot. More

Posted by elab49 on Friday July 5, 2013, 16:07

5 Inception
There was a short comic released after Inception, which gives a little bit of background beind the Cobolt Job More

Posted by richallin on Friday July 5, 2013, 14:16

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