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Movie Prequel Comics: Are They Worth Reading?
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Movie Prequel Comics: Are They Worth Reading? | The Thing
The Thing

Writer: Steve Niles
Art: Patrick Reynolds

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that any franchise can be exponentially improved by the addition of Vikings. Hence The Thing: The Northman Nightmare, which is set in Greenland in 1121. That’s rather more of a time gap than separates 2011’s The Thing from John Carpenter’s 1982 film. It also makes this comic, just so we’re clear, the prequel to a prequel to a remake.

The single issue short gives us a group of Nords heading across the snow and ice to a settlement, where they find no one left alive but five women who claim all the men massacred one another. Our guys are wise not to trust them, however, since they’re soon encountering a plethora of Things (is that the proper collective noun? Let’s go with “a Wilford of Things”) that reveal themselves at the burning of a supposed corpse.

Leader of our heroes is Rodmar, who has only one eye. It’d be nice to think he was Mads Mikkelsen’s character from Valhalla Rising, but the timing doesn’t quite work and it’s the wrong eye. Bugger. But in a pleasing bit of symmetry, the comic ends with the two surviving Vikings sitting conversing in the snow like MacReady and Childs…

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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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