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Pacific Rim: Uprising prequel comic explores a post-kaiju world of mech-racing

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Mar 9, 2018

Before Pacific Rim: Uprising stomps into our lives in a few weeks, find out what happened to the world in between the first movie (directed by Guillermo del Toro) and the sequel (helmed by Steven S. DeKnight). Thanks to a new digital prequel comic from LINE Webtoon and Legendary Comics, out today, you can discover what life was like after the first wave of kaiju was defeated by Gypsy Danger.

Titled Amara, the new comic is an origin story that follows one of Uprising's key players, Amara Namani, as she rebuilds her life in a Santa Monica destroyed by giant monsters. In the film, she will be played by Hollywood newcomer Cailee Spaeny, a hacker pilot who is the sole pilot of the Jaeger called Scrapper. 

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Courtesy of LINE Webtoon and Legendary Comics

As Amara is orphaned in the wake of a kaiju attack, she finds refuge with a grumpy mech-inventor named Kai and his closest companion, Hannah. After the monsters are defeated, the three form a close-knit family and scavenge for mechanical parts in order to make their own Jaeger (which will ultimately become Scrapper) for the day when the beasts will return. Venturing through the ruins of Los Angeles, Aamar becomes caught up in a dangerous and explosive mech-racing league and finds herself speeding against time to be ready for the day the monsters return. 

“Our story deepens the understanding and appreciation of not only the character of Amara, but also her homemade Jaeger Scrapper,” said Robert Napton, editorial director of Legendary Comics, in a release. “It’s an origin story that adds yet another layer to Pacific Rim, and dives into the world of Mech Racing.”

Pacific Rim: Amara was co-written by Cavan Scott (Doctor Who) and Zhang Ran (Ether) and illustrated by BigN (Night Owl Bookstore, Special Repair of the Village).

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Courtesy of LINE Webtoon and Legendary Comics

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Courtesy of LINE Webtoon and Legendary Comics

The first three chapters of the limited run can be found here, with new chapters released every Friday in the run-up to the film.  

You can see Amara kick some kaiju butt when Pacific Rim: Uprising opens everywhere March 23.