Matt Damon's 'The Great Wall' Getting Comic Book Prologue 'Last Survivor' in January

What does it take to prepare your life for monster fighting?
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It's not all attacks from giant monsters at The Great Wall, apparently. Three weeks ahead of the release of the epic historical fiction action-adventure monster film starring Matt Damon in U.S. theaters, Legendary's comic book arm will release a graphic novel revealing just what it takes to serve in the most powerful defensive structure ever built.

The 128-page The Great Wall: Last Survivor, written by Rex Mundi creator Arvid Nelson with art by Gian Fernando, takes place more than half a century before the events of the movie and follows one young character who joins the Nameless Order — the secret society dedicated to protecting the wall against the threat of Tao Tei and other monsters — after an unspeakable tragedy leaves him alone in the world.

From that moment on, the hero will have to devote himself to the Order's four core principles — Discipline, Loyalty, Secrecy and Sacrifice — and prepare to surrender his life to the possibility of dying to protect those in his charge … as long as he can survive the training process and the ghosts of his own past.

The model of supporting a Legendary movie property with a graphic novel prequel isn't a new one; ahead of the 2013 release of Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, the company published Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero, written by the movie's screenwriter, Travis Beacham.

Last Survivor will feature cover art by 1990s comic book legend Whilce Portacio (Uncanny X-Men, Wetworks) and is set for release in stores Jan. 24. The Great Wall is set to bow in theaters Feb. 17.