Comic-Con 2009: 5 most important missed stories

2. Scott Pilgrim gets his own videogame

As more games get comics, more obscure comics are jumping into games. Small-press sensation Scott Pilgrim, a series written and drawn by Bryan Lee O'Malley that already has a film adaptation on the way, is spreading into the next logical medium. Though it wasn't shown, many are anticipating a very retro vibe for the title based on the comic you should be reading. 

The story of the comics - and apparently the game - centers on Canadian slacker Scott Pilgrim's attempts to get his life, his band and his love life together after meeting his dream girl. Unfortunately, he has to beat up her seven evil exes in order to date her. The assumed retro-osity of the game is based on the fact that the Scott Pilgrim series is bathed in old-school gaming references.

Aside from Scott and co. often being seen playing games, Scott’s band - Sex Bob-Omb – is a game reference, as are rival bands The Clash at Demonhead and Crash ‘n The Boys. Game logic and references drive the story as well; a beaten foe turns into spare change like in River City Ransom, Scott levels up at important moments in his life and one book’s opening mirrors the Sonic the Hedgehog start screen. It’ll be pretty hard to screw up a series so perfectly suited to a game adaptation, but given the sad history of comic-based games, we'll give it a 50-50 chance.  

3. Iron Man 2: The Game might not suck

Iron Man: the movie rocked our collective socks off back in 2008, as the perfectly cast, heavy-metal hero repulsor-rayed into all our hearts. Iron Man: the movie: the game? Not so much. So when the game tie-in for the sequel was announced earlier this year, we let out a collective groan and braced for more trash to get shoveled our way. 

Above: It looked pretty, but don’t let that fool you 

However, an announcement at Comic-Con had us partly regretting our knee-jerk reactions. Sega, developer of the new title – and also publisher of the first game - announced that Matt Fraction, current writer for Marvel Comics’ main Iron Man series, is writing the story for the film tie-in. Though it takes more than a writer to make a good game, it can lay a good foundation. 

Above: Hopefully a better foundation than this had

Fraction is one of the rising stars at Marvel, as he writes not only Invincible Iron Man, but also the X-Men, the Punisher and his trippy original series Casanova. Readers of Invincible Iron Man know that he really gets Tony Stark, and the characters in the book are pretty similar to their film counterparts. And in an interview, Fraction seems pretty into writing it and also looks to be a legit gamer, so perhaps this is step one in Sega's plan to make up for previous mistakes. We can dream, can't we?




  • 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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