Comic publisher Dark Horse has announced plans for a series of video game adaptations starting in early 2014. You’ll be able to look for comics based on Witcher, EVE Online, and Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z.
The Witcher comic will feature an original story written by Eisner Award-winner Paul Tobin, though the story will still feature the series’ main character, Geralt of Rivia. The Witcher games are based on a series of novels and short stories by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski and have been translated into 19 languages. On the one hand, I’m disappointed that some of those great stories won’t see the the pages of the comic. On the other, I’m looking forward to seeing what a writer that understands the medium can do with the rich world of The Witcher.
The Witcher comic starts in March of 2014 and should be a good holdover for fans until Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is released later in the year.
EVE Online will be split into two books releasing starting in February.
EVE: True Stories has the potential to be an awesome way to vicariously enjoy the game for those of us who find the game too intimidating. As the title suggests, EVE: True Stories is based on real events in the game. Both fans of EVE and fans of news about EVE know that it’s one of the few games that could get a “true stories” adaptation and have it be more interesting than any stories a writer could make up. The comic will revolve around the Great War and the fall of the Band of Brothers alliance.
The other, EVE: Source, is a hardcover book that will act as a visual guide to EVE Online and DUST 514.
Finally, Dark Horse has teamed up with Keiji Inafune and Team Ninja to release a free digital comic based on the upcoming Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, followed by a hard copy release a bit later. While Yaiba has the least involved backstory of the three, it could be fun if the fantastic visuals of the game (shown above) translate to the page well.
As mentioned above, all three start in the first half of 2014. While Yaiba will likely have a fairly limited lifespan, the extensive back stories of The Witcher and EVE Online could provide enough fodder for long-running books if these do well.