Comic-Con 2009: 5 most important missed stories

For decades, the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) was only known as the best place for avid comic fans (aka virgins) to waste tons of money on more comic books than they needed. But in the last 10 years, other bits of geekery have been seeping in, including anime, Dungeons & Dragons and even videogames. In fact, each year, gaming's presence at Comic-Con keeps growing bigger and bigger, with some major news going down. 

Above: Been there, done that 

You're probably already bored with hearing about the Halo anime. And as cool as Gambit and Penance being announced for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is, that's pretty niche. So after a whole weekend of scouring the internets, we're proud to bring you five stories from Comic-Con that you probably missed, no matter how important they were.   

1. There are approximately 8,000 comics based on games, with more on the way

Though comic adaptations of games were around even before the Archie-published Sonic comics of the '90s, there’s been a deluge of them since the big success of the Halo original graphic novel a few years ago, although you probably haven't noticed. Gears of War, Resistance, World of Warcraft and Prototype have all gotten their own series (or limited series), and we’re guessing they’ve been successful, because a crapload more comics got announced at SDCC.

EA was the biggest force, as they announced upcoming comic versions of Dante's Inferno (DC Comics is publishing), Dead Space: Extraction from Image Comics and Mass Effect from Dark Horse Comics. Meanwhile, new franchises from Capcom and Activision (Spyborgs and Singularity, respectively) are getting one-off comics to help hype and introduce readers to the new games. Even God of War is getting into it. But what fascinated us most was the news that Jordan Mechner, the creator of Prince of Persia and the driving force behind the recent classic Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, is writing a graphic novel meant to follow the PoP film coming next year. 

Why is this fascinating? Three reasons: first, unlike 99 percent of previous comics based on games, this one has the direct involvement of someone very important to the series. Second, Jordan Mechner has already written a really good Prince of Persia graphic novel. And third, the more we see from the PoP film the more hope we put into the idea of this comic redeeming a possibly crappy film.




  • Supermanoh - July 29, 2009 9:02 p.m.

    @over1imit: a good one is (to honor The Lonely Island) Jizzed in my pants or blew a load in my (insert article of covering genitalia here)
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - July 28, 2009 10:02 p.m.

    I'd have lol'd so hard if kingofspades failed And sweet article, guys.
  • civver - July 28, 2009 6:10 p.m.

    Good to know Bungie's going to be working on newer and better things. I could have sworn there would be no more games after Halo 3.
  • Red - July 28, 2009 5:48 p.m.

    Personally I hated Mass Effect as a game. I literally ran into glitches in that game every second so I couldn't be bothered to play through it all. However, the story and the universe itself is intriguing. I think the comic would actually be worth looking into.
  • manaconda - July 28, 2009 5:30 p.m.

    im sorry henry gilbert i meant no offense to you. the comment was purely tongue in cheek. please dont hate me forever. with love and remorse, manaconda
  • Harmon20 - July 28, 2009 4:53 p.m.

    That Game #3 looks to be some co-op platformer-esque thing... interesting to say the least.
  • Chase158 - July 28, 2009 11:46 a.m.

    A bit ironic that, in the "Marketing bullshit..." article, Houghton bemoaned people who instantly become interested in games just because of the outside influence of a famous person, when in this article, you do this exact thing by getting excited about Iron Man 2: The Game just because Matt Fraction is involved.
  • Cwf2008 - July 28, 2009 8:17 a.m.

    Oh good Bungie is finally putting Gaylo down like it should have been a lon time ago. Good job Bungie. Now work on actually making a good game
  • Hurricrane - July 28, 2009 4:32 a.m.

    damn you Bioware! don't feed my Mass Effect addiction any more! I'm gonna have to buy 3 copies of each comic :(
  • manaconda - July 28, 2009 1:09 a.m.

    a wrestling fan calling comic fans virgins? its like the kettle calling the al jolson black i kid henry gilbert, i kid. the matt fraction news is to me the best news out of comic-con. also hank: matt fraction used to write punisher war journal, which has been discontinued and replaced with the punisher by rick remender. get yo' fact in order!
  • Csheroe - July 28, 2009 12:58 a.m.

    Alright a mass effect comic. I'm still playing it right now! Also a dead space extraction comic? Spooky. Gotta read the Original Dead Space comic.
  • Vagrant - July 28, 2009 12:54 a.m.

    Don't give a tiniest of rat anuses about anything to do with Halo. And the Mass Effect comic is the only bit of news there that seems even remotely interesting or good. But then I remember that interactivity is the best bit of Mass Effect and thus a comic, even with their writing talent - will probably suck and just be generic sci-fi poo. Positivity! ;D
  • Ninja-KiLLR - July 28, 2009 12:15 a.m.

    right bungie is done with halo. lol microsoft isnt done milkin that franchise into the ground yet. it is kinda sad really the qualtity of them went way down hill after the first one or there was no improvements. i cant tell
  • Over1imit - July 28, 2009 12:08 a.m.

    Castle Crashers FTW. When I first heard about it I (insert good hyperbole).
  • BurntToShreds - August 2, 2009 5:01 a.m.

    As long as Scott Pilgrim's game goes into every genre possible, I'm in.
  • deathrebellion - August 1, 2009 1:36 p.m.

    i thought that Darksider wuz revealed @ ComicCon, isn't that big news??
  • lovinmyps3 - July 30, 2009 2:48 a.m.

    I might have to pick up a Mass Effect comic.
  • RatPuncher - July 29, 2009 8:28 p.m.

    Yay! Mass Effect comics!
  • GR_HenryGilbert - July 28, 2009 5:49 p.m.

    @ manaconda Nah it's all good. And I'll admit you got me on Fraction being off of Punisher, so good show.

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