Legendary Comics has unveiled a new trailer and cover art for its upcoming MonsterVerse comic book series Skull Island: Birth of Kong, inspired by Warner Bros/Legendary Picture's Kong: Skull Island. Thanks to director Gareth Edwards' successful reboot of Godzilla in 2014, the studio was able to proceed with confidence making the 1970s era King Kong tale, which quickly became a sizable hit in its opening weekend last month and cruised past the $500 million mark at the global box office this week.
Fans who stuck around for the Kong: Skull Island post-credits scene officially got the news they were looking for, when Monarch scientists revealed to Kong explorers James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) and Mason Weaver (Brie Larson) the existence of Godzilla and other legendary creatures; thus officially cementing the future chapter in Warner Bros. and Legendary's long-anticipated MonsterVerse.
News of Skull Island: Birth of Kong was unveiled in press release Friday by Legendary Comics. The company describes the comic as "a new monthly series that delves deeper into the mysteries of Skull Island and the mythic origins of Kong." Legendary Comics also says:
"Both a sequel and a prequel to the film, the series is a father/son story set against the epic backdrop of Skull Island. The story stars Houston Brooks (played by Corey Hawkins in the film) and his son Aaron Brooks — both Monarch operatives, who disagree over the threat Skull Island represents to humanity. Aaron leads a secret team of Monarch operatives back to Skull Island to discover the truth behind Kong and the island he is born to protect. In doing so, they unlock an ancient history of monster conflict, witness the primal war between Kong and an otherworldly ecosystem of deadly new creatures, and finally reveal how this lonely god became the last of his kind."
Legendary Comics says Skull Island: The Birth of Kong is a four-part saga that will kick off April 12. Arvid Nelson (Rex Mundi) wrote and Zid (Legendary Comics' Spectral: Ghosts of War) did the artwork for the 24-page Issue #1, which will be available that day in print and digitally on Comixology.
While the release of a comics series isn't exactly a new concept to help expand or bridge chapters of movies in a cinematic universe, the Skull Island: The Birth of Kong comic series is sure to be embraced by fans of both King Kong and Godzilla. It already feels like a long wait for the sequel Godzilla: King of Monsters in 2019 and Godzilla vs. Kong in 2020, so any medium to help keep the sprawling story of Kong alive and brewing in fans' minds is a welcome one.
Source: Legendary Comics
- Kong: Skull Island (2017) release date: Mar 10, 2017
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019