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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? | Green Lantern
Green Lantern

Writers: Various
Art: Various

The ill-fated Martin Campbell / Ryan Reynolds mega-movie of Green Lantern apparently had $100m spent on its marketing, part of which went on this series of five one-shots. Each homes in on a single character, giving us stories about Kilowog, Tomar-Re, Sinestro, Abin Sur and the Lantern himself, Hal Jordan.

Abin Sur’s book takes place a good twenty years before the film, and has him making first contact with the people of Earth, in particular Amanda Waller (Angela Bassett’s character onscreen). Kilowog gets to do little more than live up to his badass reputation among the Green Lantern Corps, while Tomar-Re’s tale seems him shoot back to his home planet to deal with a disaster.

Hal’s issue is barely a prequel at all, instead presenting Sinestro and Abin Sur discussing their newest recruit, and illustrating scenes from the movie as their respective arguments (although it does tease further potential Lantern Guy Gardner as part of the movie universe). Sinestro too, gets a story that’s part parallel to the film, and part much earlier, outlining his origin on his own planet as a lawman during a civil war. Not bad, but we can't imagine many people are going to actively seek these out after seeing the film.

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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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