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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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The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Art: Jorge Jimenez

A curious exercise, The Dark Knight Rises’ motion comic prequel was made exclusively available on Nokia Windows phones, so practically nobody saw it. It was released along with another app, Batman Origins, giving Nokia users brief retellings of the origin stories for Catwoman, Bane and The Scarecrow.

You didn’t really miss anything. While early indications seemed to be that the Prologue would elaborate on the movie’s opening, setting up how Bane executed the plot to take Dr Pavel hostage, essentially all it did was recreate the film’s first few minutes as a Flash animation. We see a burning city in the background at one point, but nobody addresses what city it is or why it's burning (except, we suppose, as a nod to the League Of Shadows' self-proclaimed city-toppling mission).

So the best and pretty much only extra nugget of plot from in between The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises can be found in Greg Cox’s novelisation. Want to know what happened to The Joker? According to Cox, he’s now the only resident of the otherwise abandoned Arkham Asylum, guarded like Rudolph Hess in Spandau, by a single guard. That, right there, is a movie in itself. Someone?

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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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