If the last frames of Kong: Skull Island left you reeling and sweating until the next appearance of the ape who would be King, Legendary Comics has your salve — a prequel and a sequel to the story of the world’s iconic monster.
The re-imagined story of Kong will officially continue in Skull Island: Birth of Kong, a new comic series launching April 12 that will mark the first continuation in Warner Bros. and Legendary’s MonsterVerse. Consider this comic to be your official link between 2014’s Godzilla, this year’s Kong: Skull Island, the 2019 sequel to Godzilla, and 2020’s Godzilla vs. Kong.
EW has an exclusive first look at the new series, written by Arvid Nelson with art and colors by Zid. You officially have our permission to go apesh–.
The original monthly series will both precede and follow Kong: Skull Island, filling in the story of the secret scientific organization Monarch and its return mission to the now-evolved island, two decades after the events of the film. Intriguingly, the comic will reveal the mythic origin story of Kong, going deep into his dramatic birth and the war between his ancestors and the Skullcrawlers that resulted in Kong being the last of his kind.
The story then catches up with him, 20 years after Kong: Skull Island, and reveals how this young ape has grown. It’s all against the backdrop of a father-son relationship between Houston Brooks (played by Corey Hawkins in Kong: Skull Island) and his son Aaron, both of whom work for Monarch but disagree over the dangers that Skull Island presents to the outer world.
Here’s the trailer:
Skull Island: Birth of Kong (available in print and on Comixology on April 12) will introduce new monsters unseen in the film and connect the pieces of the movie to what’s on the horizon in Legendary’s budding MonsterVerse. That means you, Godzilla.