This week, we celebrate our ‘Independence Day’: ‘ID:R’ novelization (2016)

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of "Independence Day" and the release of the sequel, "Resurgence," this week I'm looking back at the various spinoff comics and novels. All of these spin-off materials were recently released (or re-released, in the case of the old stuff) by Titan Books. Also, check out my reviews of "Independence Day" and "Independence Day: Resurgence."

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This week, we celebrate our ‘Independence Day’: ‘Crucible’ (2016)

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of "Independence Day" and the release of the sequel, "Resurgence," this week I'm looking back at the various spinoff comics and novels. All of these spin-off materials were recently released (or re-released, in the case of the old stuff) by Titan Books. Also, check out my reviews of "Independence Day" and "Independence Day: Resurgence."

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This week, we celebrate our ‘Independence Day’: ‘Dark Fathom’ (2016)

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of "Independence Day" and the release of the sequel, "Resurgence," this week I'm looking back at the various spinoff comics and novels. All of these spin-off materials were recently released (or re-released, in the case of the old stuff) by Titan Books. Also, check out my reviews of "Independence Day" and "Independence Day: Resurgence."

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This week, we celebrate our ‘Independence Day’: ‘War in the Desert’ (1999)

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of "Independence Day" and the release of the sequel, "Resurgence," this week I'm looking back at the various spinoff comics and novels. All of these spin-off materials were recently released (or re-released, in the case of the old stuff) by Titan Books. Also, check out my reviews of "Independence Day" and "Independence Day: Resurgence."

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This week, we celebrate our ‘Independence Day’: ‘ID4’ novelization (1996)

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of "Independence Day" and the release of the sequel, "Resurgence," this week I'm looking back at the various spinoff comics and novels. All of these spin-off materials were recently released (or re-released, in the case of the old stuff) by Titan Books. Also, check out my reviews of "Independence Day" and "Independence Day: Resurgence."

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This week, we celebrate our ‘Independence Day’: ‘Silent Zone’ (1997)

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of "Independence Day" and the release of the sequel, "Resurgence," this week I'm looking back at the various spinoff comics and novels. All of these spin-off materials were recently released (or re-released, in the case of the old stuff) by Titan Books. Also, check out my reviews of "Independence Day" and "Independence Day: Resurgence."

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This week, we celebrate our ‘Independence Day’: ‘ID4’ prequel comic (1996)

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of "Independence Day" and the release of the sequel, "Resurgence," this week I'll be looking back at the various spinoff comics and novels. All of these spin-off materials were recently released (or re-released, in the case of the old stuff) by Titan Books. Also, check out my reviews of "Independence Day" and "Independence Day: Resurgence."

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‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ advances the saga while essentially remaking the original

"Independence Day: Resurgence" is what a summer blockbuster should be: the kind where after watching futuristic aerial dogfights (in 3D if you pay a couple extra bucks), you drive home as if your Honda Civic is a space fighter. But rather than being numbed by the two hours of pulse-laser-dodging action, viewers of this sequel to the 1996 blockbuster will have a smile on their face after getting to know a new batch of characters who fit in alongside the old favorites.

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20 years later, ‘Independence Day’ still worth celebrating

Released in 1996, "Independence Day" falls almost exactly halfway between "Star Wars" (1977) and present day. Appropriately, it's perched on a fulcrum between the dawn of blockbuster special-effects movies – when only the cream of the crop, like "Star Wars" and "Jaws," knew how to do it right -- and modern day, when the very concept of an effects-driven movie is a thing of the past. After years of filmmakers insisting that "special effects are just a tool," most of them now believe it.

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