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.




  • Cyberninja - July 27, 2009 11:08 p.m.

    wow didnot know any of this
  • Mittenz - July 27, 2009 11:20 p.m.

    I think its about damn time Playstation owners got to revel in the glory that is Castle Crashers
  • WouldYouKindly - July 27, 2009 11:32 p.m.

    Ive always felt sorry for the cc-less ps3 owners
  • skyguy343 - July 27, 2009 11:33 p.m.

    i think its about damn time you sucked my balls! sorry, just kinda saw the opportunity...
  • Terro - July 27, 2009 11:38 p.m.

    A Mass Effect comic? By Dark Horse? AWESOME. The world can always do with more ME.
  • SumthingStupid - July 27, 2009 11:41 p.m.

    the castle crashers thing looks awsome, wish i had a ps3 :(
  • MailMan - July 27, 2009 11:52 p.m.

    mass effect comic = glee XD I do wish, however, that someone would get round to publishing this half life 2 based e-comic, love it so much, want a hard copy (btw, ain't plugging, genuine fan)
  • CountFenring - July 28, 2009 1:15 a.m.

    If I read everrything, but just skipped over the Ironman thing, am I a bad person? I hadn't seen the Game #3 trailer, but it was awesome.
  • GamerTagsSuck - July 28, 2009 1:28 a.m.

    Reach and Odst are Bungie? I just assumed they weren't. I'll probably get them now.
  • Yeager1122 - July 28, 2009 2:10 a.m.

    Never followed comic con so this is all news to me and most is pretty intresting.
  • AlpineGuy - July 28, 2009 2:26 a.m.

    I'm really excited for the Scitt Pilgrim game. Hopefully it won't suck. I'm also interested in the Dead Space comic. Ben Templesmith does great artwork.
  • Silvermech - July 28, 2009 2:35 a.m.

    This was an epic slap in the face for me. And the Castle Crusher thing seems cool.
  • Defguru7777 - July 28, 2009 3:26 a.m.

    I already knew Bungie had a new IP in the works. They just talked about it in one of their recent updates. I like game comics, but I don't live near a comic store, so I usually have to wait until the compilation book comes out at Barnes and Noble/Borders.
  • LieutenantCipher - July 28, 2009 3:51 a.m.

    I'm all for something new in anime other than the ever-present and overrated wishful asian thinking/wet dreams that most of it is - but I swear to the God of video games that the japanese better not screw up Halo like they seem to screw up everything else they get their mits on.
  • Personamanxx - July 28, 2009 4:22 a.m.

    Im more of a comic Fan than a gamer, but Im really Excited for The Mass Effect Comic.
  • jar-head - July 28, 2009 5:27 a.m.

    mass effcet=epic win, halo=Financial success
  • mertor3190 - July 28, 2009 7:31 a.m.

    I saw that Iron Man game. But I still dont know.
  • Glides - July 28, 2009 12:33 p.m.

    Thats stupid why is Bungie gonna stop making Halo? Idiots 27th
  • GR_HenryGilbert - July 28, 2009 4:40 p.m.

    @ manaconda I'm a little offended to be characterized as a wrestling man than a comic fan. If I only had time to meet Ric Flair or Grant Morrison, it'd be Grant all the way. @ Chase158 I think it is a little much to call Matt Fraction a celebrity. If I was creaming my jeans that Robert Downey Jr. was in the game that's one thing. But the fact that a great writer of Iron Man comics is writing the script for an Iron Man game, that's a bit more relevant to making the game (possibly) better
  • 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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