Like Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead and Portal 2? Love them in their current form but just wish they were slightly more two-dimensional and slightly less moving? Well thanks to Valve's tie-in comics you can live that dream. The comics have been around on Valve's various websites for a while, but have always come with one disadvantage. Their free-of-charge nature has always been hampered by the fact that utilising them alongside the portability of traditional comics has until now required the additional multi-hundred-pound investment of an iPad.
Well no more! Because Dark Horse is publishing a real, tangible paper version. You know, just like Captain Picard would like. You want the whens and how-muches, don't you? Well these are they...
The book, coming in at 304 pages, and titled Valve Presents: The Sacrifice and other Steam-Powered Stories, is being published by Dark Horse in November. It will demand $30 in exchange for the imparting of its visual and narrative delights, and contains L4D's The Sacrifice comic (which links the end of the first game with the Sacrifice DLC) alongside Portal 2's Lab Rat and a whole bunch of TF2 stuff. It'll have a nice shiny hard cover as well.
No word on a UK price or release date yet, but I'd guess they wouldn't be too different to the US ones.
Thinking of picking this one up, or are you already knee-deep in a lengthy Print Screen / Ctrl + P mission on Valve's official sites, with a stapler at the ready?
Cheers, Comic Book Resources.
July 11, 2011