Guillermo del Toro and Grant Morrison announce two all-new projects from Legendary Comics

With New York Comic-Con right around the corner it’s going to be a busy week in terms of news and footage. Before that Guillermo del Toro and Grant Morrison announced two new graphic novels to be released next year. One is a graphic novel which will serve as a prequel to Pacific Rim and the the other is Grant Morrison’s Annihilator all to be released in 2013. Read up on the details below!

PACIFIC RIM GRAPHIC NOVEL AND ANNIHILATOR SET FOR 2013 RELEASE
Burbank, CA – October 11, 2012 – Film Director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim) and comic creator Grant Morrison (Batman, X-Men) were on hand at Legendary Comics’ pre-New York Comic-Con
media event to announce two all-new projects for the comics division of Legendary Entertainment. The announcements come on the heels of the launch of the first volume of The Tower Chronicles, Legendary’s first original IP release written by Matt Wagner and drawn by Simon Bisley.

With these two projects added to the slate, Legendary is poised for an impressive 2013 with projects also being released by Mark Waid, Max Brooks, and Shane Davis (Shadow Walk) and J. Michael Straczynski (The Majestic Files) as well as further releases from The Tower Chronicles.

 


PACIFIC RIM GRAPHIC NOVEL
As fans continue to soak in all new details regarding Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures upcoming motion picture release Pacific Rim, del Toro used New York Comic-Con to announce the Pacific Rim graphic novel. A must-read for anyone who wants to see the movie, the graphic novel will serve as a prequel, providing important details on the characters and the lead up to the story arc of the movie. Written by the film’s writer Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans), the graphic novel is written in three distinct parts – covering the in-world history from the first attack up to just before the movie,

Each part tells a complete episode of that history, dipping selectively in and out of character backstories and sometimes focusing on new characters who aren’t necessarily in the movie. The idea is to expand the universe and explore how this war has affected not only our heroes, but the world beyond the film. That said, Stacker Pentecost’s (Idris Elba [1]) origin will figure into all three parts, tracking his journey to high-ranking commander.

ANNIHILATOR
Morrison brings to the pages a thrilling story starring wild-living screenwriter Ray Spass, who has one last chance to save his career as he struggles to write a new studio tent-pole movie, Annihilator.

The film centers around the incredible adventures of Max Nomax; a sci-fi rebel anti-hero who’s condemned to a haunted prison orbiting a supermassive black hole, following an epic struggle against the all-knowing, all powerful artificial life form VADA and his squad of deadly Annihilators. Found guilty of the Greatest Crime in History, Nomax has vowed to clear his name by discovering a Cure for Death itself and resurrecting his lost love.

But with deadlines looming and a recently-diagnosed brain tumor, Spass is running out of time and inspiration – until the real Max Nomax mysteriously appears in the world of 21st century Los Angeles with no memory of how he got there, only a terrifying warning of imminent destruction and a mission for Ray Spass.

Ray’s tumor is the key–it contains all the information of Nomax’s adventures, uploaded into Ray’s head before Nomax made his great escape. Now, Ray has to finish his screenplay in order to get the information out of his head and shrink the tumor. Nomax needs Ray to finish the screenplay so he can remember how to defeat VADA and ultimately save the universe from extinction – if Makro, the unstoppable rogue Annihilator, doesn’t kill get to them first, that is.

But who or what is Max Nomax really? And why is it the more we learn, the less we want to know? A heart-stopping suspense thriller. A love story. An impossible mystery. A tale of vengeance and defiance – bargains and consequences – life and death – good and evil.

All the graphic novels announced sounds very interesting. First off, I want to say how excited I am for Pacific Rim. I was there at Comic-Con’s Hall H when they showed the footage for Pacific Rim. My jaw dropped to the floor and my eyes lit up and it was so amazing to see. It is the type of movie experience where you want to immerse yourself into the world of Pacific Rim so getting this graphic novel will help.

Grant Morrison is also one of my favorite writers. I have thoroughly enjoyed All-Star Superman and his take on Batman as well. So it’s great to see him work on an original project such as Annihilator.

Get ready for 2013 everyone, Legendary Comics is gearing up for some big things.

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