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Prior to the events of Netflix’s Pacific Rim: The Black, the recent release of the graphic novel Pacific Rim: Blackout is filling the gap by telling the story about the last days before Australia is evacuated. The Kaijus are everywhere, destroying everything on site and occupying vast swathes of desert land. We see humanity make its last stand in the cities still standing…
This 100 page work isn’t a brisk read. I had to go through it a few times and rewatch the animated series. Ultimately, it’s about the drama between Herc (one of the Jaeger pilots) and his sister, Liv–to which some parallels exist with the siblings from the animation: Taylor and Hayley. They lost their parents. Herc left the nest and never looked back. He didn’t attend his dad’s funeral, and that led to problems with the rest of the family. It’s a narrative to pay attention to instead of enjoying the spread of mecha upon alien fighting action. The presentation is reminiscent of many Toho films.
Nelson Dániel knows the material well. He’s spent over 15 years working in the industry as an art director, storyboard and concept artist. He’s better known for his contributions in titles like Judge Dredd, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Road Rage. I recognize the name because of his work from Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland. I’m also sure he was allowed creative freedom to design the monsters himself, to which there’s plenty to admire!
Reading this book gives the animated series the backstory that we’ve been wondering about for some time. Cavan Scott delivers a well-rounded tale which balances Gundam style fighting action (with beasts) and character drama which I had to re-read a few times to understand. The only reason for the latter was that I was wondering if he was making connections to the series and refreshing my memory was required as I bounced between the two stories. I’m guessing that Herc isn’t down for the count either, when considering how this graphic novel ends. He might appear in the series…
There is no official announcement about when season two will start. It’s expected very soon, hence the release of The Black. They’ll be back.