Joe Carnahan's movie adaptation of the The A-Team is just months away, but in order to get fans up to speed with the universe this new A-Team inhabits, Twentieth Century Fox and IDW Publishing are releasing two series of A-Team prequel comics, which are slated to he Shelves this March.
The comic series will provide background stories for the four A-Team members and detail some of their first missions together. So if you want to know that sort of info, be sure to keep an eye out for the books to hit a comic store near you.
There will be two series: A-Team: War Stories, a four issue bi-weekly series, will focus on a different A-Team member - Hannibal (Liam Neeson), Faceman (Bradley Cooper), "Howling Mad" Murdock (Sharlto Copely) and B.A. Baracus (Quinton Jackson). The series will be set during Desert Storm, before the team ever came together. A-Team: Shotgun Wedding (also a bi-weekly four issue series) will focus on the team's early missions together and will be plotted by Joe Carnahan himself.
Both series will be collected into graphic novels, to be released in May. Here's some artwork and press info:
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Co-written by comics great Chuck Dixon (G.I. Joe) and Erik Burnham (Nanovor: Game Day), the series kicks off with Hannibal and B.A. in March, followed by Face and Murdock in April. Each team member’s story will feature a different artist in order to best bring out every character’s individual personality. Hugo Petrus (Marvel Illustrated) will provide interior art for Hannibal, and Casey Maloney (G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra) tackles B.A. in March. In April, Alberto Muriel (Legion: Prophets) revives Face, followed by Guiu Vilanova (After the Fire), who delivers Murdock. Fan-favorite artist Michael Gaydos (Alias) will provide covers for every issue.
Also starting in March, A-Team: Shotgun Wedding, a bi-weekly four issue series, gives fans a taste of the team’s missions after they’ve officially formed The A-Team. This original adventure, co-plotted by the movie’s director, Joe Carnahan, and Waltz (who also handles the scripting) follows the team from frigid Alaska to sunny San Diego and onto a wedding cruise that becomes utter chaos. Artist Stephen Mooney (Angel: After the Fall) adds heat to every explosion, while John K. Snyder III offers eye-catching covers.
A-Team: Shotgun Wedding #1 (of 4; $3.99; 32 pages) will be available in stores on March 10, 2010. Diamond order code JAN10 0987.
A-Team: War Stories: Hannibal ($3.99; 32 pages) will be available in stores on March 17, 2010. Diamond order code JAN10 0989.
A-Team: Shotgun Wedding #2 (of 4; $3.99; 32 pages) will be available in stores on March 24, 2010. Diamond order code JAN10 0988.
A-Team: War Stories: B.A. ($3.99; 32 pages) will be available in stores in March 2010. Diamond order code JAN10 0991.
A-Team: Shotgun Wedding #3 (of 4; $3.99; 32 pages) will be available in stores in April 2010.
A-Team: Shotgun Wedding #4 (of 4; $3.99; 32 pages) will be available in stores in April 2010.
A-Team: War Stories: Face ($3.99; 32 pages) will be available in stores in April 2010.
A-Team: War Stories: Murdock ($3.99; 32 pages) will be available in stores in April 2010.
These prequel comics are becoming something of the norm for these franchise reboots. I remember when the Star Trek reboot got a prequel series (it was well-received), which filled in a lot of the blanks of Nero's (Eric Bana) story - how he was a miner, his family life, his relationship with Spock, etc.
It was a nice read, but in the end, the Star Trek reboot movie kind of required you to read the comic to get the full comprehensive experience of the story. In my opinion, a movie's narrative should be self-contained, and never rely on any other medium for explanation. Hopefully this A-Team comic is just for kicks and not required reading.
What do you think about these A-Team prequel comics? Will you be reading?
The A-Team comics start hitting shelves on March 10th; the movie hits theaters on on June 11, 2010.