Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero Hardcover – 18 Jun 2013
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'Boasting larger-than-life predicaments, colorful characters, operatic stories and brimming with apocalypse-sized tragedy, Pacific Rim:Tales from Year Zero is a treat for anyone with a penchant for this genre. The images work to fire the imagination even as the story, by nature of what it is designed to do, leaves you wanting more.' - IGN (18 July)
'A fantastic compliment to the movie and a touching story in its own right. The art teams all turn in great work, Beacham has an instinctive eye for page design and dialogue and all three stories have some real emotional punch to them.' - SFX (15 July)
'You can watch the movie and totally see it as a complete work, Travis Beacham told CraveOnline, [but] the comic sets up the world of the movie in a really organic way.' - Featured in a list of film prequel comics worth reading in Empire (July)
'This slight but stunningly fun hardback companion compilation, set simultaneously before and during the events of the silver screen saga, features a triptych of short tales drawn from the unused backstory material... Furious fun for monster-lovers of all ages.' -Comics Review 'Original script writer Travis Beacham has fleshed-out the years between the first monster attack and the start of the movie, and with Guillermo Del Toro listed as a supervising editor, there's an authority to the production of this book that lifts it beyond the simple tie-in.' --Grovel
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The three stories presented here, K-Day, Turn of the Tide and The Bono, are all tied together by a common thread, that of reporter Naomi Sokolov. She starts by interviewing people connected with the Jaegers and Kaiju, to write a story on how the Jaegers are losing funding. K-Day is my favourite of the three, and tells the story of K-Day, the day the Kaiju first unleashed hell on Earth. It's a hopeful story of survival, and also one of understanding. These creatures came out of nowhere and made their mark, but how can they be fought? How can the human race survive? That's where Turn of the Tide comes in, and bringing with it a whole wealth of Jaeger information.
Turn of the Tide features the inception of the Jaegers, giant mechs designed to do nothing but fight Kaiju. Their creators encounter all kinds of problems when testing the prototypes, and it's truly fascinating to see how they come up with a solution. This all leads in to the third and final story in the book, and probably the weakest, The Bono. Here we learn more about three central characters from the film: Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi). I can't wait to see how the characters have changed in the film, and just how much their early Jaeger experiences have influenced them now.
The art in Tales From Year Zero is all fantastic, especially the epic cover by Alex Ross. It's slightly off-putting from time to time as the artists change throughout the book, though it makes for interesting reading and also showcases a diverse team of pencilers, inkers and colourists. There are also six pages at the end showing the creative process, from script to the final page, and is a fascinating addition to an already high-quality release. I've read Tales From Year Zero twice already and I'm sure I'll be reading it again once I've seen the film on release day. As far as movie tie-ins go, this is up there with the best.
I must say I am impressed It gave me a good understanding of several characters we see in the film and also serves as a kind of origins story for some of the characters as well as showing how the jeagers were created to fight the kaiju's.
Overall I think this will be great for those who want to know a little more about before the event's of the film.
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