Next month, the real-time format series 24 returns to Fox in the reboot titled 24: Legacy. The series follows a new lead character named Eric Carter played by Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton). Legacy picks up just as Carter finds himself targeted after returning home a newly minted war hero from leading a successful mission to terminate Bin-Khalid, the leader of a major terrorist organization in the middle east.
In April, IDW Publishing will dial back the clock when they debut the five-part comic book prequel, 24 – Rules of Engagement. The comic will tell the origin of Eric Carter and explore his time in Washington D.C. and Iraq as an Army Ranger before his mission to take out Khalid. The series continues the long relationship IDW has with the property which includes several one-offs as well as a mini-series based on Jack Bauer and most recently 24: Underground, a prequel to 2014’s Limited Series 24: Live Another Day.
24 – Rules of Engagements is written by screenwriter and novelist Christopher Farnsworth, with artwork by Antonio Fuso. Farnsworth recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter, expressing his excitement to be involved with the series:
“I’ve been a fan of 24 since the first episode, and I’m grateful to IDW for giving me the chance to contribute in a small way to its mythology. I also get to blow a lot of stuff up on the page, which is always pretty cool. I’m going to do my best to live up to the expectations of the show.”
It’s a bit odd that the comic book won’t make its debut until April. Either the idea for the prequel came late in the game or it’s possible that something revealed in the comic book will sync up with the final episodes or the finale of 24: Legacy. If the comic book shows us the mission Carter led to take out Khalid, we will also see the inclusion of the new C.T.U. Director Rebecca Ingram (Miranda Cotto) as she coordinated the mission herself.
24 – Rules of Engagement will be available digitally and in comic book stores sometime in April.