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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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Star Trek

Writer: Mike Johnson & Tim Jones
Art: David Messina

J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek surprised everyone by serving as Star Trek XI as well as the remake it seemed to be during production. To emphasise that, its prequel comic is essentially a Next Generation affair, taking place eight years after Star Trek: Nemesis. Picard is ambassador to Vulcan, Data has survived, Worf is now a Klingon general, and Geordi has retired to build his own crazy ships (it’s revealed that Spock’s “jellyfish” is a LaForge assembly). And picking up from the TNG double-episode Unification, we find (old) Spock still the ambassador to Romulus, allying with Decalithium miner Nero in a scheme to prevent the galaxy-threatening supernova of the Hobus star.

Romulan and Vulcan interference, however, lead to the tragedy that turns Nero into the tattooed madman we meet in the film. Upgrading his ship with Borg technology, he starts his campaign of revenge, targeting Spock in particular, leading to the sequence of events that gets them both flung back in time to when Kirk was still a youngster listening to the Beastie Boys.

The recent Countdown to Darkness, meanwhile, happens between the first and second Abrams Treks, and details the “Mudd incident” that’s mentioned in Into Darkness. You might have smirked at that and inferred that that concerned Original Series reprobate Harry Mudd, but it turns out the Mudd here is his daughter: shapely, blonde, and apparently Bajoran. Former Enterprise Captain Robert April (from The Animated Series) is also involved, and the Klingons show up towards the end, as does “John Harrison”.

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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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