One thing that’s great about the era we’re living in is that fiction has the ability to spread across various forms of media. A story that would have previously been told in only a movie can now have its world expanded upon in novels, video games or, in the case of The Great Wall: Last Survivor, a graphic novel.
Seeing as how the first quarter of 2017 is ripe with prequel comics with both Riverdale and 24: Legacy getting similar treatment, this lead-in to the theatrical release comes at a very opportune time. If anything, it looks to match its cinematic counterpart’s exquisite use of color and dazzling visual effects in an attempt to enrich this fantastical vision.
Legendary Comics have graciously provided us with a look at the cover art as well as some of the vibrant interiors. But before you crack open this tome in anticipation of eventually seeing Matt Damon’s archery skills on the big screen, be sure to check out the detailed synopsis that comes courtesy of the publisher:
What if an army was created to defend our world from an enemy so dangerous, its very existence must be kept a secret? Built to keep out the ferocious Tao Tei, The Great Wall is the most powerful defensive structure ever built; but it is the heroes within that make the wall great: The Nameless Order. Set sixty years prior to the film, in the mysterious lands of ancient China, tragedy forces young Bao into joining The Nameless Order and upholding the corps’ four principles: Discipline, Loyalty, Secrecy, and Sacrifice. Challenged by rivals, haunted by his past, and tested by desires, Bao spends his life preparing for one singular moment: when he will have to defend the world from ferocious monsters that have come to devour us all.
An original graphic novel inspired by the major motion picture The Great Wall from Legendary, Universal Pictures, China Film Co., Ltd and Le Vision Pictures, directed by Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) and starring Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal and Willem Dafoe. The Great Wall: Last Survivor is written by Arvid Nelson (Rex Mundi) with art by Gian Fernando (13 Legends). The cover art is by Whilce Portacio.
The Great Wall: Last Survivor is now available in bookstores, with its cinematic big brother set arrive in theaters on February 17.