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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? | X-Men
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Strange now to think of a time when Marvel movies weren’t considered surefire blockbusters, but Fox’s confidence in its 2000 X-Men movie still extended to a flurry of tie-in merchandise, of which three prequel comics were a part. The first centred on Wolverine: during his time wandering in snowy Canada he detours to Japan with a fellow amnesiac and crosses paths with The Silver Samurai. Magneto’s issue, meanwhile, expands on his time as a yoot in the concentration camps, and on his early friendship with Xavier and the building of Cerebro (which, hey! First Class has now covered in any case). And Rogue, in between running away from home and her meeting with Logan, gets herself imprisoned in a shady biotech facility.

X2 gave us Nightcrawler and another Wolverine one-shot. Nightcrawler finds love, runs away from the circus, and fends off William Stryker, Mutant 12 and Lady Deathstrike. Wolverine, en route to Alkali Lake, teams up with Sabretooth (unaware of their previous relationship) against HYDRA.

The rest of the series has missed the tie-in treatment – although Jason Aaron’s Wolverine: Weapon X comic series was created with X-Men Origins: Wolverine’s audience in mind. And in preparation for The Wolverine, you could do a lot worse than pick up the original mini-series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, which isn't a movie tie-in but inspired the current plans.

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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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