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First free issue of Dungeon Siege III online comic goes live

Dark Horse Comics launched its digital comics storefront this week, offering a number of the publisher's comic book titles for sale. The site, which also has an iPhone-iPad app, is also offering select issues of their comics for free. One of them is the first online issue of the comic book tie-in to Dungeon Siege III.

You can check out the 10 page first issue now (free registration required) which sets up the storyline in the upcoming fantasy action-RPG title from developer Obsidian Entertainment and publisher Square Enix. As we have reported before, Dark Horse is also producing a 22 page print comic that's being offered as a pre-order bonus for Wal-Mart shoppers.

Mass Effect to get third comic book mini-series from Dark Horse

Dark Horse Comics has already released two mini-series based on BioWare's Mass Effect RPG series and it looks like more are coming. Newsarama reports from this weekend's C2E2 comic book convention Dark Horse Comics reps have confirmed that a third Mass Effect comic book mini-series is due out later this year.

Details about the mini-series have yet to be revealed but since Mass Effect 3 is due out late in 2011 its likely that the comic could tie into the storyline for that game. During the panel Dark Horse reps said they would like to do even more game-based comics including perhaps some Dragon Age comics (rival IDW released a Dragon Age mini-series last year)

Dark Horse to create Dungeon Siege III web comic

Dungeon Siege 3 is due out on May 31 but before that happens gamers will get to check out a series of comic books based on the fantasy action-RPG. Square Enix announced this week that three web-based comics will be written by Jeremy Barlow and drawn by artists Iban Coello and Sergio Abad.

Produced by Dark Horse Comics the three Dungeon Siege III web comics will be posted on the game's official web site as well as made available for free via digital download on Dark Horse's digital comics system. You may remember that Walmart will have a printed copy of the Dungeon Siege III comic as its pre-order incentive.

[Via email press release]

Rage to get comic book mini-series in June; web site gets free song download

rageRage has become the latest game to get a comic book adaptation. Bethesda Softworks sent over word today that id Software's upcoming post-apocalyptic shooter will have a three issue mini-series from Dark Horse Comics with the first issue due out in June.

Written by comic book veteran Arvid Nelson, the storyline will be set before the events of the game's story with a female scientist learning that she's being lied to about what really happened to Earth after she is revived from an Ark. The mini-series will be drawn by Andrea Mutti with cover artwork by Glenn Fabry.

In related news, the Rage web site has got some new content including a free MP3 download of Burning Jacob's Ladder by Mark Lanegan. The song was featured in the latest Rage gameplay trailer.

[Via email press release]

Star Wars The Old Republic to get new comic book mini-series in June

star wars the old republicDark Horse Comics has already worked with BioWare on comic books based on the upcoming MMO Star Wars The Old Republic. The comics were first published on the game's official web site and later made available in print form by Dark Horse. This week the comic book publisher announced plans to release a all new mini-series based on the game that will begin this June.

Star Wars The Old Republic: The Lost Suns will be a five issue mini-series written by BioWare's senior creative writer, Alexander Freed with art provided by George Freeman and Dave Ross. The storyline will be based on events in the game and will focus on Theron Shan, a spy and son of a Jedi Knight, who has to find out the secrets behind the treaty between the Republic and the Empire while also dealing with a group of Sith Knights.

Alice: Madness Returns hardcover art book announced

There hasn't been much news lately on the status of Alice: Madness Returns, the upcoming sequel to the 2000 action game American McGee's Alice. However this week comic book publisher Dark Horse Comics announced plans to release a hardcover book that shows off the art designs for the sequel.

The book, The Art of Alice: Madness Returns, will be a 184 page tome that will be filled with the behind-the-scenes production art that will serve as the basis for the look of the still unreleased game. The $34.99 book is now available for pre-order and is scheduled to ship from Dark Horse on May 11, 2011. There is still no specific release date for the game which is being developed by McGee's studio Spicy Horse.

A Fallout monthly comic book? You could make it happen

The Collector's Edition of Fallout: New Vegas will contain, among other things, an original comic book called All Roads that acts as a prequel to the storyline in the upcoming RPG. But could we see more Fallout-based comics in the future. Maybe, if fans demand it.

That's the word from Chris Avellone, the senior designer of Fallout: New Vegas at Obsidian Entertainment. He also wrote the All Roads prequel comic and has written Star Wars-themed comics for publisher Dark Horse. And it's clear that Avellone wants to do more Fallout comics. In a chat with Comic Book Resources he states, "If there's enough fan interest, I hope that might be enough of a push for a regular series. If readers would be interested in seeing more stories in the Fallout universe outside of DLC and 'New Vegas,' say the word on forums." In the meantime Fallout: New Vegas is due for release on October 19.

Fallout New Vegas graphic novel gets preview on iTunes

As we get closer to the release of Fallout: New Vegas in October, publisher Bethesda Softworks is ramping up its marketing for the post-apocalypse RPG. Today folks can check out a free 12 page preview of the upcoming graphic novel All Roads that will be included as an exclusive to the Collector's Edition of the game developed by Obsidian Entertainment.

The preview can be downloaded via iTunes and serves as a teaser to the full version which tells a prequel story set in New Vegas. The full graphic novel also provides some clues for some of the missions in the game itself. As we have reported before All Roads is written by Obsidian's Chris Avellone and drawn by Jean Diaz and Wellinton Alves along with a hyper-detailed cover by Geoff Darrow.

The Guild to return to comics in January 2011

It's been a busy week for Felicia Day and her MMO web series The Guild. The first episode of the fourth season just started and this week it was announced via Comic Book Resources that a second comic book mini-series based on The Guild will begin in January 2011.

Day will write or co-write the issues of the second mini-series which will be published by Dark Horse Comics. While the first mini-series (which will be collected in trade paperback in December) was an origin story on the formation of the Guild, the second mini-series will focus on the other members of the MMO group besides' Day's character of Cyd/Codex. The first issue will deal with Vork and will be co-written by his alter ego, actor Jeff Lewis.

Fallout New Vegas gets Matrix concept artist to create cover for graphic novel

You may remember that one of the things included in the upcoming Fallout New Vegas Collector's Edition is a hardcover graphic novel called All Roads that serves as a prequel to the upcoming RPG. Today publisher Bethesda Softworks announced that the cover for the graphic novel will be drawn by Geoff Darrow. Darrow is known for his highly detailed artwork on comics like Hard Boiled and Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot (both written by Frank Miller). He also was a main concept artist for The Matrix movies.

You can see a slice of the complete cover artwork from Darrow above (the full reveal will be made next week). Darrow and Obsidian Entertainment's Chris Avellone (who wrote the graphic novel) will be signing lithographs of the cover at the Dark Horse Comics booth at the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, July 24 at 5 pm.
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