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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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Transformers

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Vastly more than meets the eye on screen, the Transformers franchise has allsparked tonnes of peripheral comic book robot vehicular nonsense.

For the 2007 film, we’ve got The Movie Prequel, with Bumblebee being tortured and going to Mars, and Captain Archibald Witwicky finding a frozen Megatron in the Arctic in 1897. This is followed by a sequel called The Reign of Starscream, in which the Decepticon plane finally achieves his ambition to sit on Megatron’s throne. Or whatever Megatron sat on.

After The Reign of Starscream comes more political wrangling in double-hitters Alliance and Defiance, which deal with Cybertron’s past and lead into the movie Revenge of the Fallen. And after the film itself comes Nefarious, a six-part series introducing human anti-Transformer fascists The Initiative, who are messing around with an unstable fake Allspark. There’s also Tales of the Fallen, a series of one-shots focusing on individual Transformers and taking place at various points on the timeline.

Dark of the Moon has no fewer than three prequels. Sector 7 is about the titular shadowy spy network (kind of Transformers: Torchwood). Rising Storm deals with the pre-Moon shenanigans of nutball Decepticon tank Shockwave. And Foundation is, we kid you not, about the beginnings of the rivalry between Optimus Prime and Megatron when they were students.

Transformers is really weird.

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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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