Epic new Valve book allows you to Portal while you poop and Team Team Fortress from the toilet

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




  • 4fromK - July 15, 2011 10:17 a.m.

    Surely you mean ctrl-v.....
  • slimjim441 - July 14, 2011 11:51 p.m.

    The Heavy drawing is totally Ed McGuinness' work. Awesome.
  • michaelpreston - July 12, 2011 6:20 a.m.

    Nah, a stapler doesn't beat a shiny new cover!
  • nadrewod - July 11, 2011 8:48 p.m.

    @KillerQueen, They already have it. It is called "Meet the...", and each episode is named after the character (or item, in the case of "Meet the Sandwich") that it focuses on.
  • Cosmis - July 11, 2011 5:47 p.m.

    Is it just me, or does it feel like Valve is trying their hardest to make it seem like Half-Life no longer exists? Not that they've actually abandoned it or anything, just that they don't really promote it anymore.
  • Guayakilo - July 11, 2011 5:40 p.m.

    I can't believe these idiots waste their time making comic books when it's been almost 4 years since Half-Life Episode 2 and not a peep about Episode 3. What's the deal! Enough is enough!!!
  • Plan10FromOuterSpace - July 11, 2011 4:50 p.m.

    I actually had no clue that these comics existed in the first place, as an average skint teenager with gigs to book, games to play ect, i probably wont purchase the comic book itself, but id love to give these a read for free on-line, cheers valve!
  • 8bitBaby - July 11, 2011 2:19 p.m.

    30 bucks isn't ba for 300+ pages. are they full colour? still... very good price. very.
  • Fiirestorm21 - July 11, 2011 2:15 p.m.

    Not bad. I might pick it up.
  • jackthemenace - July 11, 2011 12:28 p.m.

    Y'know, I'm amazed at how much i love Valve, and how little attention I actually pay to them. Provided the UK price is less than, say, £20, I'm in.
  • Oxtranzor - July 11, 2011 12:08 p.m.

    ENclave: Shit man! another human beings that has seen romantically apocalyptic! i don't know if it is mainstream in the US but here in Venezuela i think i'm the only being that reads it (exaaggeration, but mostly true)
  • db1331 - July 11, 2011 12:08 p.m.

    I came in here to do an Xzibit meme but I drew a blank once I got here.
  • SadFace - July 11, 2011 11:05 a.m.

    OH man, awesome. And more than reasonably priced.
  • Enclave84 - July 11, 2011 10:59 a.m.

    This I will definatly buy probably as soon as it comes out.
  • 435 - July 11, 2011 10:56 a.m.

    304 pages for 30 bucks? SOLD.

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