Pacific Rim: Uprising, the sequel to Guillermo del Toro's 2013 monsters vs. robots slugfest Pacific Rim, recently blew us away with its first trailer, getting us pumped for another sci-fi epic. This time out, it's John Boyega leading the charge as Jake Pentecost, son of the legendary Jaeger pilot and commander Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba). Jake's presence as the grown son of a man who died in 2025 makes one thing very clear: Quite a lot of time has passed since the first film.
In fact, by the time Uprising occurs it will have been a decade since the legendary Battle of the Breach that seemingly ended the Kaiju threat once and for all. The world of Pacific Rim has changed since then, but we as viewers don't know exactly how. Now, a new prequel comic series is set to fill us in a bit.
Legendary Comics has just announced Pacific Rim: Aftermath, a six-part prequel series set in the year 2034 that will introduce us to Jake Pentecost and the world he's grown up in. It's a world full of rogue Jaegers, scrapyards, mob bosses, and people who've grown to worship the deceased Kaiju like gods. Check out the official synopsis.
"Santa Monica, 2034. In a city that was once the jewel of the West Coast, a new world has emerged: one rising up from the ashes of giant robots and giant monsters. In this futuristic aftermath, we will meet a new generation of survivors, including Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, who is searching for answers behind the death of his Legendary father; Griffin, a Jaeger pilot who has gone from defending the world to piloting an illegal Jaeger enforcer for a mob boss; and the Mech Czar, a techno-criminal overlord who rules the underworld with a steel fist. Set against a neo-noir backdrop of street gangs, Kaiju worshipers, and Jaeger Scrapyards, a mysterious but familiar figure arrives with a dangerous agenda…"
Now, could you go into Pacific Rim: Uprising having never read this comic and still understand what's happening? Almost certainly, but it's hard to pass up that "mysterious but familiar figure" tease. And besides, a decade of the post-Breach world is bound to be full of interesting storytelling possibilities.
Check out the full cover for the first issue below. Pacific Rim: Aftermath #1, from writer Cavan Scott and artist Rich Elson, arrives January 17, 2018. Pacific Rim: Uprising is in theaters March 23, 2018.