Next month, Tron: Legacy finally hits the big screen, and hopes are high that it will be a worthy successor to the original cult classic Tron from 1982.
As we get closer to the release date (Dec. 17), Marvel Comics is helping get fans excited with various comic projects. Tron: Betrayal started last month, and another has hit the stands, as issue No. 1 (of two) of Tron: Original Movie Adaptation was released this week.
Fans of the original movie of course know the story, and this comic presents it in a nice way. Marvel made an excellent choice in having writer Peter David adapt the story. David is well known in the comics world (The Incredible Hulk, X-Factor), and also has had much success in writing film adaptations (Spider-Man, Iron Man) and media tie-in novels (Star Trek, Babylon 5). I knew when I heard David was writing this adaptation that the story would be wonderful, and very faithful to the film.
The art also is a major component in this issue. Artist Mirco Pierfederici has taken great care to visually separate the real world from the digital world, and that is very important for this story. So much of what made this movie what it was when it was released was the striking visual look, and Pierfederici has captured that. The digital scenes definitely remind the reader of '80s video games. The scenes from the real world also have that retro look, but with more subdued colors, and are a perfect contrast to the world of the computer.
My only criticism is that I would have liked for the characters in the comic to resemble the actors. However, it would appear that Pierfederici actually tried hard not to base his work on the actors, and this is preferable to if he had tried to depict Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner and the others and failed.
This adaptation is well done, and a credit to this growing franchise. I do wish it had been released before the first part of Tron: Betrayal as it would have helped readers understand that story a bit more.
Hopefully, this excellent two-issue comic will help new fans enjoy the world of Tron.
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