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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? | Terminator Salvation
Terminator Salvation

Writer: Dara Naraghi
Art: Alan Robinson

Like Aliens and Predator, Terminator had a credible comics run at Dark Horse in the ‘90s, but it was IDW that picked up the cyborg parts when Salvation hit in 2009. There was no saving the end of the film, but there was plenty of good stuff at the beginning.

Before all that, there was supposedly this story, told across four issues and titled, ahem, Sand In The Gears. It's set when John Connor was first putting together his nascent resistance, about a year before the events of the movie, but Connor appears in voice only via his radio broadcasts. The focus here takes in survivalists and Terminator factories in Detroit (resistance leader Elena Maric has a past with Connor, we learn) and a Skynet Uranium mine in Nigeria.

Dark Horse had told international stories before, but, as writer Naraghi explained, “The films are always set in and around LA. I wanted to show what other people were doing.”

A lot of the time they were dealing with their cultural differences. Mostly, they were blowing shit up.

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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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