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  • NEW PACIFIC RIM PREQUEL COMIC WILL FILL IN THE GAPS BEFORE UPRISING

    Legendary Comics has just announced Pacific Rim: Aftermath, a six-part prequel series set in the year 2034 that will introduce us to Jake Pentecost and the world he's grown up in. It's a world full of rogue Jaegers, scrapyards, mob bosses, and people who've grown to worship the deceased Kaiju like gods. Check out the official synopsis.

    "Santa Monica, 2034. In a city that was once the jewel of the West Coast, a new world has emerged: one rising up from the ashes of giant robots and giant monsters. In this futuristic aftermath, we will meet a new generation of survivors, including Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, who is searching for answers behind the death of his Legendary father; Griffin, a Jaeger pilot who has gone from defending the world to piloting an illegal Jaeger enforcer for a mob boss; and the Mech Czar, a techno-criminal overlord who rules the underworld with a steel fist. Set against a neo-noir backdrop of street gangs, Kaiju worshipers, and Jaeger Scrapyards, a mysterious but familiar figure arrives with a dangerous agenda…"

    Now, could you go into Pacific Rim: Uprising having never read this comic and still understand what's happening? Almost certainly, but it's hard to pass up that "mysterious but familiar figure" tease. And besides, a decade of the post-Breach world is bound to be full of interesting storytelling possibilities.

    Check out the full cover for the first issue below. Pacific Rim: Aftermath #1, from writer Cavan Scott and artist Rich Elson, arrives January 17, 2018. Pacific Rim: Uprising is in theaters March 23, 2018.

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    • Googling Cavan Scott it turns out I haven't actually read any of his stuff, but his bibliography seems to mostly be oriented toward younger readers with the exception of the radio plays and a few contributions to the Judge Dredd franchise. Let's hope this doesn't end up just being a series for children.

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    • He's got credits for Dr. Who (but I've never been certain as to whether or not that was an "all ages" series or strictly adult viewing) as well, and considering the Judge Dredd credit, I doubt Scott is incapable of writing adult or young adult literature for comic books.

      I don't expect Aftermath will be any less tame or violent than Year Zero or Tales From The Drift, even if the tone for Uprising seems incredibly confused or unfocused about its demographic. I just hope they put more effort into this prequel comic than they do Tales From The Drift.

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    • Lily Ford wrote:
      He's got credits for Dr. Who (but I've never been certain as to whether or not that was an "all ages" series or trickily adult viewing) as well, and considering the Judge Dredd credit, I doubt Scott is incapable of writing adult or young adult literature for comic books.

      I don't expect Aftermath will be any less tame or violent than Year Zero or Tales From The Drift, even if the tone for Uprising seems incredibly confused or unfocused about its demographic. I just hope they put more effort into this prequel comic than they do Tales From The Drift.

      Doctor Who the actual show can't decide on its target demographic from one episode to the next so that tells us nothing. His credits for the franchise seem to be mostly the more consistently adult-oriented radio dramas though, so he's not completely void of experience wth SF for a mature audience. That said it's only one component of his bibliography and there is a lot of out and out kids' stuff in there too.

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