10 Comic Book Tie-Ins That Made Great Movies Better

How can the same thing happen to the same guy so many times?

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Truly great films make viewers crave more: more from the setting, more of the characters, and what happens after the credits roll. That is what makes a truly great film stand above the rest. That rule is no different for comic books and luckily, great films tend to have a comic book counterpart.

The easy rule about comic book tie-ins to popular films is that they're usually straight up adaptations or just not very good. Sometimes the stars align and the comic tie-in is not only a great read, but it actually made the movie it was based on better for it, which is what we're here to talk about today.

With comics from Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and beyond, here are the comic book spin-offs that more than justified their price-tag, and made their source material somehow even better.

10. Guardians Of The Galaxy Prelude #1

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This is a bit of a cheat, but the MCU tie-in comics have been such a mixed bag that depending on which one, it could either go into the digital trash or be packaged perfectly with the home release of the films.

The one that really made a great film even greater, however, is Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude #1, which expands on Gamora and Nebula growing up as the daughters of Thanos. Though the piece focuses on the relationship between the "sisters", as Thanos pitted them against each other over and over again, it also has the hidden point of showing Thanos' love for Gamora.

That backstory is mostly said in the first GOTG movie but seeing it play out elevates not just those films, but also the emotive nature of Thanos' acquisition of the last stone in Avengers: Infinity War.


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