Marvel has announced it'll
be serving as publisher for a three-issue run of Max Payne comics, to
be written by the games' scribes at Rockstar and Remedy. To be
published in both digital and hard-copy form, the comics will explore
the character's relentlessly grim backstory, revisiting the events
surrounding Paynes 1 and 2 and exploring what happened in the years
before to turn Max into such a hard-bitten grumpy-pants.
Above: The first Payne made signature use of comics for its cutscenes, with original writer Lake playing the detective
Remedy's Sam Lake and
Rockstar's Dan Houser will both work on the titles: Lake was
responsible for scripting Paynes 1 and 2 (and, notoriously, for
providing Max's signature lemon-munching scowl in the first game)
while Rockstar co-founder Houser is Max Payne 3's lead writer. Spanish artist Fernando
Blanco, known for his work on comics including Army of Darkness and
Manhunter, will illustrate, with covers by Greg Horn.
The first Max
Payne comic, After the Fall, is set for a free digital launch on the Rockstar and Max Payne 3 websites in the next few weeks, with the third game itself still set for a mid-May launch. We explored the game's multiplayer modes in our most recent Max Payne 3 preview.