Comic Talkback: Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero

Discuss Magazines, Fanzines, and Books devoted to Daikaiju films! A Godzilla article in a Horror or Sci-Fi magazine? New Hobby Japan EX available? New G-Fan arrive in your mailbox? A Godzilla article in your local paper? Discuss it here!!

Moderator: Controllers

Comic Talkback: Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero

Postby klen7 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:10 pm

Title: Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero
Publisher: Marvel
Series: Hardcover
Year: 2013
Written by Travis Beacham. Art by Sean Chen. Cover by Alex Ross.

Image

Synopsis: Don't miss this exciting sci-fi prequel graphic novel of the highly anticipated motion picture, Warner Bros. & Legendary's Pacific Rim directed by Guillermo del Toro! Chronicling the very first time Earth is menaced by incredible monsters known as Kaiju, these inhuman beasts rise from the ocean depths and threaten to extinquish all mankind! Witness the race to develop massive robot fighting machines called Jaegers, each one controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. This action-packed tale features many of the key characters from the the film as we follow them in their early careers. Witten by Pacific Rim screenwriter himself, Travis Beacham, and with del Toro's hands-on supervision, this volume is beautifully illustrated by Sean Chen, Yvel Guichet, Chris Batista and Pericles Junior; inks by Matt Banning, Steve Bird and Mark McKenna; and fully-painted cover by superstar artist Alex Ross! Hardcover, 128 pages, full color. Cover price $24.99.
User avatar
klen7
Meltdown Godzilla
 
Posts: 7264
Joined: Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:34 pm
Location: beyond your peripheral vision

Postby MekaGojira3k » Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:18 pm

It's alright. Should have just been 3 single issues first. I thought the stories were okay, and the art was generally fine albeit nothing to brag about. I liked some of the variety in kaiju designs here.
"We Can't Stop Here, This is Bat Country!"
Check out the Gojicast, because if you won't...who will?
Image
User avatar
MekaGojira3k
Millennium Godzilla
 
Posts: 18288
Joined: Sat Aug 09, 2003 11:13 am
Location: Ky, USA

Postby klen7 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:21 pm

This comic succeeding in getting me more excited for the movie, it explores a lot of the concepts (toxic kaiju blood, origins, groupies, etc) that the movie will probably touch on as well.

There was some really cheesy dialog before the pilots engage on K-day and i think the book was held back by sticking to characters that will be in the film. Overall probably not worth the MSRP, but depending on how much of this is retread in the movie, it might be worth picking up otherwise
User avatar
klen7
Meltdown Godzilla
 
Posts: 7264
Joined: Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:34 pm
Location: beyond your peripheral vision

Postby MouthForWar » Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:41 am

So was this thing really that bad?

After liking the film so much and REALLY loving the opening montage, I'd love to see more of what happened before the film.
User avatar
MouthForWar
Controller
 
Posts: 14691
Joined: Sat Jan 10, 2004 3:01 am
Location: Livonia, MI

Postby king_ghidorah » Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:41 am

I don't know if it's that bad but its' certainly not very good.
FTW
User avatar
king_ghidorah
Meltdown Godzilla
 
Posts: 9917
Joined: Sat Aug 09, 2003 12:27 am
Location: Ohio

Postby klen7 » Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:44 am

I thought it was just overpriced but worth picking up for $15 or so instead of $25 or whatever the suggested retail was.
I think one thing is changed between the book and movie but otherwise not a lot of retreading even though it uses a lot of the same characters
User avatar
klen7
Meltdown Godzilla
 
Posts: 7264
Joined: Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:34 pm
Location: beyond your peripheral vision

Postby sachiel » Fri Jul 26, 2013 6:25 pm

Its a graphic novel that really doesn't offer that much more than what we've already heard from interviews, featurettes, and the movie's prologue. It does offer some nice tidbits here and there with regards to Gypsy Danger's reactivation, the San Francisco attack, how they found the solution to the pilot brain overload issues, Stacker Pentecost's backstory and his relationship with this pilot, the attack on Vancouver, Canada and a few other select events. Overall though, the art could have been better as a lot of characters look pretty ugly at times. As well the artist took some interesting creative liberties with the fighter jets that attack the San Francisco monster. Instead of F-22 Raptors, the author makes them look like a fusion between a F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Terrible choice....

Nitpicks aside, while the graphic is a neat little companion, if you don't get it or choose to overlook reading it or buying it, your not missing much by do so.
User avatar
sachiel
Heisei Godzilla
 
Posts: 1478
Joined: Sat Jan 22, 2005 9:55 pm
Location: Toronto

Re: Comic Talkback: Pacific Rim: Tales from The Drift

Postby mr.negativity » Fri Nov 06, 2015 6:04 pm

EXCLUSIVE: Joshua Fialkov Talks About His New Comic PACIFIC RIM: TALES FROM THE DRIFT
Following the best-selling graphic novel Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero, Legendary takes you back to the frontlines of a larger-than-life battleground with Pacific Rim: Tales from the Drift: the new comic series from Joshua Fliakov.
JamieSuth wrote:CBM: Tell us little about Pacific Rim: Tales from the drift?

Joshua: It is a story before the movie, a story about one of the Jaegers that we get a glimpse of in the movie but we don’t actually get to spend a lot of time with in the film. What I wanted to do and am excited to do is that I am working with a story by Travis Beacham and Guillermo Del Toro worked on as well it is getting to work with in their universe. The thing that is mostly exciting is that we get to explore is the drift. The drift is where 2 people get to be choosen to be Jaeger pilots. Jaeger pilots have to work together thier minds short of interlock and it takes all their power to pilot one of these gigantic robots. When I saw this movie I loved the idea that you are sharing your brain in the most intimate way humanly possible, your letting another person climb into your head. The questions are what happens if it’s a person you love or what happens if it’s a person you hate. With in the story of the book we get to see what happens with those two scenarios where we get to meet our 2 characters and we get see how they go from hating each other to loving each other and becoming this symbiotic creature.

CBM: Are there new Jaegers introduced in this book?

Joshua: Yes the main two pilots in the book that we have not seen in the movie. It was fun because part of their journey is their relationship. In the story they are two different people from different countries, and they have very little in common. When we meet them they are the best of the best. To be a Jaeger pilot you have to be amazing. These two have found each other and have become amazing together.

CBM: What impact did Guillermo Del Toro have on writing this book?

Joshua: Guillermo was the creative force and Travis who wrote the movie. They worked on the story together before they even brought me in. I think what the two of them bring is a complete understanding of the world . Guillermo has such specific ideas on how things work within the universe and how that happens. So when writing a comic book we get to explore and play with it.

CBM: How was it working with Marco Marz?

Joshua: Marco is amazing and a super talented guy and our colorist, Marcello we worked together off and on for abot 7 years now. It is fun working with the two of them we are part of a team. It’s been really satisfying working on this book because Legendary is about creavitve source. Getting to work in an environment like that is really all about how do we make it the best and stay true to Guillermo’s vision and Travis and my vision its super satisfying and a great place to work.

CBM: What is your favorite comic book you have written?

Joshua: I do a book called the Bunker it’s an ongoing series and is about a group of friends that find a military bunker. The Bunker contains letters from their future selves telling them that they are going to cause the apocalypse. What happens is one by one they have to make decisions about their life’s. Are they going to give up all their hopes and dreams and theoretically destroy the world or if they are going to be selfish dicks and doom us all. I will give you a hint it is: selfish dicks .

CBM: Is there anything else you would like to tell us about Pacific Rim before we finish?

Joshua: I hope people check it out and I love it. I'm so proud of it. I really think the work Marcos and I did is worthy of the movie and I think people will enjoy it if they give it a chance.
User avatar
mr.negativity
Meltdown Godzilla
 
Posts: 8364
Joined: Sat Dec 27, 2003 7:27 am
Location: The Negative Zone

Re: Comic Talkback: Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero

Postby klen7 » Sat Nov 21, 2015 7:55 pm

Kind of wish the first issue of the new series had been a double issue. Not much content to draw in a new reader. I'll keep at it for now, but this first issue is an argument for trade waiting
User avatar
klen7
Meltdown Godzilla
 
Posts: 7264
Joined: Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:34 pm
Location: beyond your peripheral vision

Re: Comic Talkback: Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero

Postby klen7 » Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:05 pm

Issue 3 of Tales from the Drift is the first one i haven't been disappointed with. I really think the first two issues should have been combined into a double issue.
User avatar
klen7
Meltdown Godzilla
 
Posts: 7264
Joined: Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:34 pm
Location: beyond your peripheral vision


Return to Godzilla in Print

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest