To promote the release of Legendary: The Box, Spark Unlimited announced today the release of a 96-page graphic novel adaptation of the game. Written by comic book veteran Mark Waid and penciled by Top Cow Production artist Martin Montiel, readers are given an insight into Charles Deckard, the protagonist of the game.
The comic book will focus on the backstory of Deckard, detailing how he comes to learn and be involved with Pandora’s Box, which unleashes monsters on the world once opened.
“Our primary focus at Spark is all about making Legendary an epic gameplay experience,” said Craig Allen, CEO of Spark Unlimited. “However, there was a lot more of the story we wanted to tell and so we reached out to Mark Waid and invited him to create a unique expression of Legendary’s characters and narrative as a graphic novel.”
The graphic novel is a somewhat expensive pickup, retailing at “all fine comic retailers” for $14.99.
With the exception of a few, it is a rule that movie-games must suck. Well, Sega has also jumped on the bandwagon: the company has announced that it has partnered with Marvel Entertainment to exclusively develop and publish games based on the Iron Man property. Sega has been given the right to create games based on both the upcoming Iron Man feature film and the classic comic book iterations of the superhero. Both companies plan on bringing at least one other Marvel property to next-gen consoles.
No studio has been named yet, though further information is expected soon. The Iron Man movie is expected in theatres on May 2, 2008.
In more superhero news, Take-Two has picked up the rights to create games based on the upcoming Fantastic Four movie sequel. No details are known, except that the film-based-game will out be out alongside the movie next year.
Just to show how popular Penny Arcade has become, and how much their dark influence is corrupting our souls, Hothead Games in conjunction with Penny Arcade has announced plans for a cross-platform episode game based on the comic’s characters and universe.
“We’re really excited to be working with Hothead Games on our first electronic adventure,” said writer Jerry Holkins, his clawed feet resting atop a huge slab of granite. “From the moment we laid eyes on them, it was clear they had the technical and creative chops to execute our grim vision. Now that we have pooled our strengths, our dark work may truly begin.” Holkins then paused to eat a rat whole.
The first game, entitled Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, will be a comic adventure game initially available for Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux. It will also be released for next-generation consoles later. The game will be available via digital download and will be delivered in episodic format with new content coming out several times a year.
No release date was announced.
Following the release of the Halo Graphic Novel, Bungie and Marvel have announced their intentions to collaborate even further at the San Diego Comic-Con. The two companies will be working jointly on a monthly Halo Ongoing comic.
No story details or arcs were revealed at the time, but details are expected soon. The monthly Halo comics will begin Summer 2007.
Warner Bros. and D3Publisher jointly announced that D3 will develop and publish games based on DC Comics’ 100 Bullets for consoles, handhelds and the PC. The first game is due for release during Q3 2007.
No other details were revealed.
Namco and Dark Horse Comics have announced that they are producing a comic book based on Hellgate: London, the upcoming RPG-FPS from Flagship Studios.
The comic book will provide the background story behind the game, with Issue “0” beginning when MI5 agent Lyra Darius discovers a human charnel house in London while investigating the affairs of a recently resigned Minister. The story builds up with Lyra entangled in the Knights Templar conspiracy, following up to the “Battle of All Hallows’ Eve”.
Written by Ian Edginton, the critically acclaimed author of Scarlet Traces and the recent War of the Worlds web comic adaptation, who has teamed up with Superman and Preacher artist Steve Pugh to explore the demon-ravaged metropolis. Issue “0” will be given away for free at E3.
If you were looking for a
hardcore sex and violence friends-to-the-end-of-the-world game, FX Labs has it for you! The company today announced that it has begun development on a game based on the popular Archie Comics. Titled “Archie’s Riverdale Run,” the game will feature the full cast of characters from the comics including Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, Reggie and many more. Each character will be fully rendered in 3D, as well as the famous landmarks in the town of Riverdale.
Archie’s Riverdale Run is scheduled for release on PC and consoles sometime next year.