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Here’s an early look at the Independence Day: Resurgence prequel comic

Earlier this year, comics publisher Titan Comics announced that it would release an official comic-book prequel to Independence Day: Resurgence set during the 20-year period between Earth’s initial victory over the aliens in the 1996 film Independence Day and the events of the upcoming sequel.

This week, Titan introduced the creative team for the series and debuted the cover art for the first two issues of the Independence Day comic, and also provided a synopsis of the tie-in story that will explain what happened during the two decades that preceded humanity’s next, devastating encounter with the aliens.

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The series’ first issue, Independence Day #1, will be scripted by X-Men and Punisher MAX writer Victor Gischier with art by Steve Scott (Batman, Action Comics) and covers by Dio Neves and Alex Ronald. Hitting shelves March 2, the story is described as follows:

As our world unites against invaders from beyond the stars, beneath the Atlantic Ocean, another mysterious craft prompts a top-secret investigation by the US military, one which could prove the key to humanity’s survival … or its ultimate destruction.

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Th second issue of Independence Day will arrive on shelves March 23, and features the following story summary:

With fear and suspicion running rife aboard the sub, Adams prepares to embark the alien vessel in search of answers. But how will its extraterresterial crew react to unwanted visitors onboard?

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Independence Day: Resurgence will bring back director Roland Emmerich behind the camera, and feature returning cast members Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, and Brent Spiner, as well as newcomers Liam Hemsworth, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, and Sela Ward.

The official synopsis for the film reads as follows:

“We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.”

Independence Day: Resurgence hits theaters June 24, 2016.