Max Payne comic coming soon from Marvel

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.


  • FlyinMachine - April 19, 2012 7:36 a.m.

    I'm most likely going to get this, one way or another. Max Payne's narrative was.... so good.
  • The_Boz - April 18, 2012 2:13 p.m.

    I don't know how, but I missed the 2nd game. The first game was one of the best games at the time.

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