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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? | Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim

Writer: Travis Beacham
Art: Sean Chen, Yvel Guichet, Pericles Junior, Chris Batista & Geoff Shaw

Pacific Rim drops us into its narrative at a point when the monstrous alien kaiju have already been on Earth for more than a decade and the robotic Jaegars have begun to win the fight back against them. The prequel graphic novel Tales From Year Zero fills in some of that back story.

Framed as the work of journalist Naomi Solkov (not a character in the movie), the five-issue series comprises  interviews with key players (Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost, Clifton Collins’ Tendo Choi and Charlie Hunnam’s Raleigh Becket among them), detailing their experiences in the ten years before we meet them onscreen.

We get to see the fateful K-Day when the kaiju first attack, along with the development of the human’s enormous robot suits and the training of the first pilot. “You can watch the movie and totally see it as a complete work,” Travis Beacham told CraveOnline, “[but] the comic sets up the world of the movie in a really organic way.”

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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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