Portal 2 comic to bridge gaps, explain cake

Portal 2's 100-or-so-year leap from the original has opened up a lot of questions; namely, "What the crap happened?" and, "Seriously guys, what the crap happened?!" Meeting fans halfway, Valve is releasing a comic book entitled Lab Rat, which will bridge the gap between the two games through the story of a “much-rumored yet never seen character” - presumably the fellow whose wall scribblings Chell encountered in Portal.

The comic is an in-studio production featuring illustrations by comic book vet Michael Avon Oeming and Valve artist Andrea Wicklund, with writing by established author Ted Kosmatka and a collection of Valve staffers. Speaking to IGN, where the comic is set to debut this Friday, Oeming said his work on the comic has been on par with past projects, noting, "We've all been learning to letter together. It's a group effort, and I'm as proud of this as any comic I've ever done outside of Valve."

Oeming didn't give much away about the book's plot, only that it will dig into Aperture Science's history pre-Portal 2 and contain some long awaited answers, hinting, "We hid the truth about cake pretty deep in the story. If anyone finds it, be sure to go out and have some fun, it means you have too much time on your hands!"

You can check out a few pages from the upcoming comic at IGN, or you twiddle your thumbs and wait a couple more weeks for Portal 2's release on April 21st.

[Source: IGN]

April 7, 2011

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  • MediocreDinosaur - April 11, 2011 7:26 p.m.

    Y'all seem to forget that Valve does comics for TF2. The hell does everyone else get off in forgetting TF2? For that matter, the hell does GR get off for calling it a hat simulator, in a word. You completely missed the point. :V *rant, rant, rant*
  • p0wnd - April 8, 2011 9:45 p.m.

    Portal 2 looks terrible, damn crappy source engine, and the hug and high-five moves by the robots make this seem like a game for 5 year olds.
  • jmcgrotty - April 8, 2011 11:05 a.m.

    I was about to go ballistic about them answering the cake question, until I saw that it is buried deep in the storyline and not just hand-fed like a wedding cake. That is pretty cool. hybr1dgamerx, learn what a "troll" is before you call someone it, you *LONG LONG list of words here to describe you that would qualify as being a troll, yes, but you deserve it after your false statement, you ass* ass. And I have no connection to whoever said the original comment. Just hate people calling others trolls for disagreeing with you.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - April 7, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS GAME. I for one think it's kind of cool that there's a comic book about the Lab Rat, he reminded me of subject 16 from Assassin's Creed.
  • Fiirestorm21 - April 7, 2011 10:32 p.m.

    As long as they keep cake references to a bare minimum, I'm good. @Evil_AppleJuice Well, they're only human... They can only make so many games at once. And they can only tell so much of the story naturally through a video game. Especially since Valve is particularly fond of telling stories that are experienced instead of told in their games; while they do a good job, it can limit their options. So what they can't have the player experience in the game, they tell directly in a more conventional fashion with a comic.
  • hllywd212 - April 7, 2011 8:54 p.m.

    @ Evil_AppleJuice Give Valve a little credit as their content has always been fantastic. Obviously it's hard to convey good storylines through the gaming medium so I personally am OK with a comic book to bridge the two timelines. Left 4 Dead had an awesome comic that helped detail the events between the Passing and the Sacrifice, and honestly I wouldn't be surprised if a spin off project emerged from this comic as well. Most importantly though, Valve always releases highly polished products that are a joy to play. So even if we have to read a mini comic explaining the course of events leading up to Portal 2, the game is still gonna rock.
  • Sniped50 - April 7, 2011 8:53 p.m.

    Gotta love Valve! I'm one of those few left in the world who's still clinging onto the hopes of HL2:E3, but Portal 2... wow. This is definitely going to keep me entertained! @Evil_AppleJuice As long as you promise never to berate Valve again, we forgive you.
  • Evil_AppleJuice - April 7, 2011 8:39 p.m.

    Whats with Valve and just putting comics in place of games? They did it for Left 4 Dead, and they're doing it for Portal. They will probably give us Half-Life 2: Episode 3 in comic form and tell us they will now eventually be working on Half-Life 3... Damn I'm pessimistic :( sorry
  • CrashmanX - April 7, 2011 8:18 p.m.

    Finally, we get to learn of the "Rat Man".
  • hybr1dgamerx - April 7, 2011 8:09 p.m.

    @salamanderjesus troll harder. anyway this comic looks interesting to read also digging the art style
  • Transmatrix - April 7, 2011 7:08 p.m.

    Is this going to come with the game?
  • SalamanderJesus - April 7, 2011 7:06 p.m.

    Portal 2 is gonna suck....

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