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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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Avengers / Thor / Iron Man 3 / Captain America

Writers: Various
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Like Green Lantern and Astro Boy, Marvel’s pile of Phase One prequels are good examples of comics that are all about movie continuity rather than the established canon from the page. The eight-part Captain America: First Vengeance, for example, goes the one-issue-per-character route, setting up Rogers' and Bucky's childhood friendship. The two-part Thor prequel, meanwhile, gives us some youthful Thor/Loki rivalry, and a mission to Svartalfheim to rescue Fandral.

The Avengers Prelude – subtitled Fury’s Big Week – is an amusing eight-part runaround centred on Nick Fury and Agent Coulson, recapping what happened in the previous Phase One movies, and giving Hawkeye a bit more attention than Avengers Assemble really bothered with. The overarching plot has General Thunderbolt Ross (seen in the Hulk movies in various guises) trying to oust and replace Fury at S.H.I.E.L.D.

As Phase Two begins, we so far have two comics filling gaps after Avengers Assemble. The two-part Iron Man 3 Prelude explains War Machine’s Avengers absence, and the Thor: The Dark World Prelude (two instalments) tells us what the Asgardian was up to during Assemble’s first twenty minutes. Surprisingly, the answer is neither "conditioning his lovely hair" or "working those biceps".

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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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