SSX comic adds much-needed internal monologue to snowboarding scene

EA has released the first in a series of comic bios for the characters from its upcoming SSX reboot. Whereas the first SSX debuted with little more than a wealth of bright colors, loud noises and mid-90s slang (that's phat!), over the years the series has evolved to the degree that the new title requires a little more positioning to clarify the titles place in the world of videogames about snowboarding. Hence, we get one-shot comic intros for the game's characters, starting with newcomer Ty Thorsen.

Above: The punch line. Fin

SSX has always been the single strongest snowboarding series in terms of well-drawn characters (for whatever that's worth). Earlier entries in the series recruited actors like David Arquette and Macy Grey to voice characters, giving the games distinct personalities without deluging the player with the tiresomely x-treme cut scenes that were the style of the time.

Is a comic devoted entirely to characters' internal, Dark Knight Returns-esque monologue the logical next step in this attention to character? Or do you feel like EA has just taken three pages to tell you, “this Ty character sure does love snowboarding” – when that would have been adequately conveyed by his presence within a snowboarding videogame? Either way, the new SSX launches January of next year – expect more character-bio comics between now and then, giving you plenty of opportunity to explore more characters' innermost thoughts (spoiler: they also like snowboarding).

Aug 8, 2011


  • birdro - August 9, 2011 8:29 p.m.

    I've been liking the comics, this one isn't as good as the others though. I knew I wasn't really going to like the new guy, he's kind of a rep for current pro rider style I was thinking (almost thought he was a guest star when I first saw him.) The "got a little hard" comment is going to haunt me. Also, I'm pretty sure your captcha is trying to make me write Sanskrit. What the hell.
  • CitizenWolfie - August 9, 2011 7:58 a.m.

    Also - "Got a little hard but nothing to worry about..." They should have just made a Rage Comic, stuck "Me gusta" on the end and job's a good'un.
  • CitizenWolfie - August 9, 2011 7:56 a.m.

    What the Hell is up with Panel 4? I think it's supposed to be a lip/pipe trick but it looks like he's "like totally bailing." Congratulations EA, you've saved me the hassle of playing as your new character and then discovering I think he's a douche. Now I can just avoid him and carry on with Elise, Moby and Psymon.
  • ChiChiRocket - August 9, 2011 6:37 a.m.

    Snow feels good, man.
  • Stiltzkin - August 9, 2011 5:50 a.m.

    "Snow feels a little hard but nothin' to worry about" So that's why they wear those big, baggy pants.
  • Brassballs - August 9, 2011 4:42 a.m.

    I have a feeling that "Snow feels good" is going become a meme somehow.
  • QWERTYCommander - August 9, 2011 1:39 a.m.

    Erm... the comics have been going on for a while, a Ty was the last one I think.
  • Zepaw - August 9, 2011 1:09 a.m.

    I feel like I'm supposed to think "Radical!" after seeing that. I don't want to be overly negative so I will summarize that it was dull. The last frame on its own is funny.

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