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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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Pitch Black

Writer: David Twohy
Art: Brian Murray

A very elderly example of an online movie-tie-in web comic, this part-animated prequel to Pitch Black gives us our earliest – at the time – sighting of one Richard B. Riddick.

The Slam City of the title is a maximum-security stockade somewhere called Ursa Luna, which is not so maximum that it can hold Riddick. The interstellar sociopath gets himself free, but not before we learn that this is where he underwent the operation to have his eyes “shined” for nocturnal vision - and it only cost him a packet of menthols. Bargain! We also meet Johns (Cole Hauser’s character) for the first time here: he’s employed to take the recaptured Riddick onward to lockdown somewhere even more severe. Pitch Black picks them up on that route.

This whole story was later completely rejigged / contradicted by the rather good Escape From Butcher Bay videogame, making its canonicity dubious, but it's an interesting adjunct to 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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