Back to the Future getting return trip in new IDW comic book series

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Jul 9, 2015, 5:29 PM EDT (Updated)

It’s a miracle of Robert Zemeckis-sized proportions that we haven’t seen a reboot of Back to the Future yet, but the franchise will be getting a return trip soon in comic book form.

IDW has announced a new semi-prequel Back to the Future comic series, which aims to fill in some of the narrative gaps left behind by the original film trilogy. Storylines include how the heck Marty actually became friends with Doc, and Doc’s time working on the Manhattan project (seriously). It’s an interesting concept, and we love some Back to the Future around here, but we worry this could be telling stories that don’t really need to be told. Fingers crossed, regardless.

Despite any reservations, it’s hard to argue about the team the publisher has assembled. Back to the Future screenwriter Bob Gale will be offering oversight on the stories, which will be written by veteran comic writers John Barber (Transformers) and Erik Burnham (Ghostbusters). The first issue will feature art from Brent Schoonover (Batman ’66) and penciller Dan Schoening (Ghostbusters).

Here’s what Gale told Comic Books Resources about the project:

“The characters are the essence of any great story or series, and I hope that people will enjoy revisiting the "BTTF" characters as much as I am. John said something I really appreciated after he read my sketch of the first story, which included some dialogue: ‘It really feels real; like it's part of the actual universe of the movies, not a cast-off thing. Hearing the characters speak again is a lot of fun.’”

The first issue of Back to the Future is slated to arrive in October. Do you plan on checking it out?

(Via Comic Book Resources)

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