This week, we celebrate our ‘Independence Day’: ‘ID:R’ novelization (2016)

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Independence Day” and the release of the sequel, “Resurgence,” this week I’m looking back at the various spinoff comics and novels. All of these spin-off materials were recently released (or re-released, in the case of the old stuff) by Titan Books. Also, check out my reviews of “Independence Day” and “Independence Day: Resurgence.”

Old-school novelizations, including “Independence Day’s,” tend to give a window into the script before it was finalized, with deleted and alternate scenes. Modern novelizations lean toward being more carefully planned out, so with Alex Irvine’s “Independence Day: Resurgence” novelization(June, paperback), we don’t get as many surprises. Still, it ties in smoothly with the prequel, “Crucible,” and it’s just nice that it exists in an age when novelizations are dying out.

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This week, we celebrate our ‘Independence Day’: ‘Crucible’ (2016)

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Independence Day” and the release of the sequel, “Resurgence,” this week I’m looking back at the various spinoff comics and novels. All of these spin-off materials were recently released (or re-released, in the case of the old stuff) by Titan Books. Also, check out my reviews of “Independence Day” and “Independence Day: Resurgence.”

If “ID4” is “Star Wars” and “ID:R” is “Return of the Jedi,” then Greg Keyes’ novel “Crucible” (May, paperback) is “The Empire Strikes Back.” It doesn’t have a plot of its own, but rather it brings the characters from the first movie up to the point of the second movie, and it gives the backstories of the new “ID:R” characters.

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This week, we celebrate our ‘Independence Day’: ‘Dark Fathom’ (2016)

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Independence Day” and the release of the sequel, “Resurgence,” this week I’m looking back at the various spinoff comics and novels. All of these spin-off materials were recently released (or re-released, in the case of the old stuff) by Titan Books. Also, check out my reviews of “Independence Day” and “Independence Day: Resurgence.”

One problem with movies about massive global threats is that they are hard to tie up in a tidy bow. “Independence Day” achieved this about as well as it could, giving us a Hollywood happy ending with the surviving heroes hugging and smoking cigars as word was broadcast around the globe about how to destroy the aliens’ city destroyers.

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This week, we celebrate our ‘Independence Day’: ‘War in the Desert’ (1999)

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Independence Day” and the release of the sequel, “Resurgence,” this week I’m looking back at the various spinoff comics and novels. All of these spin-off materials were recently released (or re-released, in the case of the old stuff) by Titan Books. Also, check out my reviews of “Independence Day” and “Independence Day: Resurgence.”

When the Earth militaries brought down the 36 city destroyers at the end of “Independence Day” (one is shown, the other 35 are implied), there were three possibilities: 1) The chain-reaction explosion and crash would kill all the aliens aboard, 2) Some would survive, but the mop-up duty would be relatively easy, or 3) Many would survive, and they would fight back. In at least one location, the third scenario occurs, as chronicled in Stephen Molstad’s sidequel/sequel “War in the Desert” (1999).

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This week, we celebrate our ‘Independence Day’: ‘ID4’ novelization (1996)

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Independence Day” and the release of the sequel, “Resurgence,” this week I’m looking back at the various spinoff comics and novels. All of these spin-off materials were recently released (or re-released, in the case of the old stuff) by Titan Books. Also, check out my reviews of “Independence Day” and “Independence Day: Resurgence.”

Stephen Molstad’s “Independence Day” novelization (1996) is a prime example of why we like to read novelizations: It has some scenes that were excised or changed before the final draft, it features “deleted” scenes and it fleshes out more of the story’s details. “ID4” is maligned in some circles for having plot holes or illogical moments, and many of those problems are assuaged in Molstad’s book.

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This week, we celebrate our ‘Independence Day’: ‘Silent Zone’ (1997)

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Independence Day” and the release of the sequel, “Resurgence,” this week I’m looking back at the various spinoff comics and novels. All of these spin-off materials were recently released (or re-released, in the case of the old stuff) by Titan Books. Also, check out my reviews of “Independence Day” and “Independence Day: Resurgence.”

As discussed in my last post, Phil Crain’s Issue No. 0 prequel comic gave a broad, not-very-satisfying backstory to Dr. Brakish Okun and the Area 51 project. An Army scientist named Dr. Rose studied the alien ship for two decades, then handed the reins to Dr. Okun, who studied it for another two decades, leading up to the events of the movie.

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This week, we celebrate our ‘Independence Day’: ‘ID4’ prequel comic (1996)

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Independence Day” and the release of the sequel, “Resurgence,” this week I’m looking back at the various spinoff comics and novels. All of these spin-off materials were recently released (or re-released, in the case of the old stuff) by Titan Books. Also, check out my reviews of “Independence Day” and “Independence Day: Resurgence.”

Let’s start at the beginning, or rather, before the beginning: the prequel. In conjunction with the 1996 movie, Marvel put out a two-issue comic adaptation and preceded it with Issue No. 0, written by Phil Crain.

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‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ advances the saga while essentially remaking the original

“Independence Day: Resurgence” is what a summer blockbuster should be: the kind where after watching futuristic aerial dogfights (in 3D if you pay a couple extra bucks), you drive home as if your Honda Civic is a space fighter. But rather than being numbed by the two hours of pulse-laser-dodging action, viewers of this sequel to the 1996 blockbuster will have a smile on their face after getting to know a new batch of characters who fit in alongside the old favorites.

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20 years later, ‘Independence Day’ still worth celebrating

Released in 1996, “Independence Day” falls almost exactly halfway between “Star Wars” (1977) and present day. Appropriately, it’s perched on a fulcrum between the dawn of blockbuster special-effects movies – when only the cream of the crop, like “Star Wars” and “Jaws,” knew how to do it right — and modern day, when the very concept of an effects-driven movie is a thing of the past. After years of filmmakers insisting that “special effects are just a tool,” most of them now believe it.

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