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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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Movie Prequel Comics: Are They Worth Reading? | Dick Tracy
Dick Tracy

Writer: John Moore
Art: Kyle Baker

Way back in 1990, Warren Beatty’s primary-coloured Dick Tracy revival was accompanied by a set of three graphic novels. Part three was a straight adaptation of the movie, but parts one and two were separate adventures leading up to it.

Those two volumes were Big City Blues and Dick Tracy Vs. the Underworld. Both were later collected with the movie adaptation into a single volume as True Hearts and Tommy Guns. An affectionate homage to Tracy’s original creator Chester Gould, the books are stuffed with his mad rogues gallery of villains, and very pointedly use none of the characters created after his death.

Also very pointedly, while the bad guys are depicted faithfully to the original comics (albeit also to their heavily-prostheticised onscreen appearance), Tracy himself has Beatty’s likeness. Now what was it Carly Simon said about (possibly) him again?

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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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