These days movie studios are really into the whole prequel comic thing. Every film needs to have a prequel comic series, or a graphic novel, or an animated series, or a 3D pop-up book -- it never ends. The latest studio who looks to be going absolutely bat-sh*t crazy with their properties is 20th Century Fox, who not only want to reboot Predator and Alien, but they may want to target Die Hard next. BOOM! Studios is releasing a comic book in August called Die Hard: Year One, and it follows rookie cop John McClane during an incident involving New York City's Bicentennial celebration in 1976, more than a decade before the events of the first film took place.

Though it's not a movie ... yet ... this is the sort of thing that feels like it's being placed in the marketplace to gauge fan reaction. I could totally see Fox rebooting this entire franchise with a new face in his rookie year. Why not? Who cares? Howard Chaykin wrote the new comic book, with art from Stephen Thompson -- and part of me is real interested in reading about McClane as a rookie cop, but another part is afraid this is only the first wave in what will eventually become an all-out franchise reinvention.

What do you think? Am I getting ahead of myself? Is this cool? Do you want a copy?

[via Slashfilm]