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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? | Astro Boy
Astro Boy

Writer: Scott Tipton
Art: Diego Jourdan & Jorge Santillan

Osamu Tezuka’s venerable and much-loved Astro Boy flew back into cinemas in 2009, courtesy of Imagi Animation. The film was updated and CGI-ified from the original mangas and animes (as well as featuring the immortal line, "I've got machine guns... in my butt?!"), and trailing in its wake came this slight expansion of Astro Boy’s new universe.

Really just another, different adventure, this doesn’t do a great deal to tie into or set up the film. The story has Metro City being shaken by a series of earthquakes, during one of which Astro sees the Ministry of Science disappearing into a chasm, taking his father with it. Knocked unconscious, Astro wakes up to find himself in an underworld populated by attractive Chiazzans and monstrous Lucertos. But looks can be deceiving, and the Chiazzans aren’t necessarily the good guys.

It’s pretty slight – y’know, it might be for kids – but this does a reasonable job of channelling Tezuka’s recurring themes (not judging by appearances being one of them) and it strips out 50 years of continuity to make for a decent jumping-on point for the Astro-curious.

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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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