Vertigo's teaming up with George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road prequel comics

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Feb 12, 2015, 7:40 PM EST (Updated)

This spring, Mad Max: Fury Road will finally hit theaters after years of development hell and a delayed shoot, and we couldn't be more excited. Early trailers for the film are absolutely packed with glorious visuals, and writer/director George Miller seems poised to take his post-apocalyptic franchise to an entirely new level decades after the last film in the series hit theaters. Now it turns out we'll be getting more than just a movie.

Vertigo Comics has revealed that, in collaboration with Miller, Fury Road co-write Nico Lathouris and Fury Road storyboard artist Mark Sexton, they'll be releasing four prequel comics following four different characters from the film, along with an art book that features more than five dozen comic book artists paying tribute to Mad Max. The comics will feature a one-shot devoted to the characters Nux and Immortan Joe (Nicholas Hoult and Hugh Keays-Byrne, respectively), a one-shot devoted to Furiosia (Charlize Theron) and two issues devoted to Mad Max himself (Tom Hardy). Miller, Lathouris and Sexton will write the issues, while art will be done by Riccardo Burchelli, Leandro Fernandez, Tristan Jones and Sexton, with covers by Tommy Lee Edwards.

The art book will be titled Mad Max: Fury Road: Inspired Artists, and feature double-page spreads illustrated by 65 different artists, including comics legends like Bill Sienkiewicz, Paul Pope, Howard Chaykin, Nicola Scott, Gilbert Hernandez, Dave McKean and more. The book will include commentary throughout by the artists involved, as well as Miller, and will go on sale May 6, more than a week before the film hits theaters.

As for the comics, though they're prequels, they don't seem to be arriving prior to the movie. The first comic release, Mad Max: Fury Road: Nux & Immortan Joe will arrive May 20, with the others set to arrive at a release date that still hasn't been announced. So after you see the movie, you can head to your local comic book store and get even more from these characters.

Check out the front and back covers to the art book, along with the cover to the first prequel comic (in that order) below.

Mad Max: Fury Road hits theaters May 15.

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