This past weekend at WonderCon 2013, Guillermo del Toro announced a graphic novel prequel to his upcoming mech vs. kaiju blockbuster, Pacific Rim. Dubbed Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero, the 112-page hardcover will feature a story by PR screenwriter Travis Beacham, art by Sean Chen, Yvel Guichet, and Pericles Junior, inks by Steve Bird and Mark McKenna, and a cover by Alex Ross.

From the Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero solicitation info:

Don't miss this exciting sci-fi prequel graphic novel of the highly anticipated Warner Bros. & Legendary motion picture, Pacific Rim directed by Guillermo del Toro! Chronicling the very first time Earth is menaced by incredible monsters known as Kaiju, these inhuman beasts rise from the ocean depths and threaten to extinguish all mankind! Witness the race to develop massive robot fighting machines called Jaegers, each one controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. This action-packed tale features many of the key characters from the film as we follow them in their early careers.

Tales From Year Zero is set to arrive in stores and online on June 5, roughly a month before Pacific Rim's July 11 theatrical debut. You can scope out its cover by Ross, below.

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[Via Pacific Rim]