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The 10 best comic books based on videogames

Dead Space

Deserved a comic because: Dead Space (the game) was written by Antony Johnston, hotshot videogames scriptwriter whose day job just happens to be as one of the strongest authors in comics today. Johnston-penned titles any comics fan ought to peep include Queen and Country, Wasteland and Alan Moore's The Courtyard. Point being, Dead Space was comics-ready before it went gold.

Made the transition by: Putting a bunch more money in Johnston's PayPal and sending him an email reading, “moar storiez kplzthxbye.” As is the way business is conducted in the upper echelons of the geek-media world.

Why'd it work? Dead Space is a story that'll get as big as its author is allowed to grow it. With the original game forming the third part of a trilogy of stories begun by the comic and continued by the direct-to-dvd Dead Space: Extraction, the series has plenty of content, some more interactive than the rest. If it keeps us in installments as fresh and chilling as the first game, we're all for it.


Above: And thus Dead Space 2 was born 


Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis

Deserved a comic because: LucasArts doesn't write Indiana Jones stories about just any old thing: even the misguided fourth movie was built on a base of solid research and adorably crackpot theories. For the first standalone Indy game, every effort was made to provide the hero with a story just as intricate as those of the movies. Why not relive it in a medium where you can stop and savor the details, instead of wondering which pixel to click to open the secret door?


Above: “And I didn't need to look at an FAQ, either!” 

Made the transition by: Shoehorning an entire game's worth of plot into a four-issue miniseries overseen by the game's writers, released even as the game was still in development and yet managing to avoid substantial spoilers for the puzzles ahead.

Why'd it work? While the movies' Indiana Jones is a square-jawed ass-kicker of a fellow, the Indy of the games often comes across as a Threepwood-esque dope... not helped by lengthy spells of looking blankly out at the player while they work out his next move. The Fate of Atlantis comic restored the movies' cracking (ahem) pace, leaving the slower, puzzlier sequences for players to ponder over.

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27 comments

  • american101 - April 7, 2010 8:15 p.m.

    I bet money eventually halo will have its own comic book since there are ahelluva lot of fans.
  • olliemcparland - April 6, 2010 12:34 p.m.

    well i never played these games or read the comics so i am ost in all of this article
  • Spybreak8 - April 2, 2010 7:18 p.m.

    Atlantis and Indiana Jones! oh man sold!
  • Kytl - April 2, 2010 3:12 a.m.

    what about Pokemon Special? it embodies what Pokemon is and shows that Pokemon won't turn you into a mindless zombie who begs their mother to make Pikachu soup like the anime does. basically it just blows the anime out of the water, and then takes aim with a sniper rifle and fires 50 explosive bullets that are also made of silver so that the anime becomes completely eradicated. and then it summons Alucard and RAEPS the anime
  • Personamanxx - March 31, 2010 8:22 p.m.

    Speaking of Videogame Comics. Is anyone planning on buying the "Dragon Age" Comic?
  • Conman93 - March 31, 2010 7:43 p.m.

    The Kingdom Hearts comics are pretty good and very random at some points. I saw the dead space ones in Extraction and they were pure WIN!
  • Personamanxx - March 31, 2010 7:34 p.m.

    Surprised that The current Mass Effect Comic was not mentioned. I reckon it's because it's not finished yet. As for the Halo Comic.... That can indeed be counted as a Graphic Novel. Or at least an Anthology Graphic Novel. The Four Stories were originally printed in that One Hard Cover book without being released as indidvidual Issues. Yes it is Still a Comic book, but the Term Graphic Novel can apply in it's case. ...... Also why did you not mention the many Halo Miniseries's that Marvel has Published? I mean there's been Three (At least) Seperate series not Including the Graphic Novel. Just Saying. Im far more of a Comic geek than a Gamer.
  • DriveShaft - March 31, 2010 7:24 p.m.

    The best still look pretty horrible x] I'm surprised you didn't even bring up Kingdom Hearts comics, it was the first thing that came to my mind.
  • romensuarez - March 31, 2010 7:09 p.m.

    What happened to the Resistance and Brothers in Arms comics? they were actually pretty good.
  • flamboyant_pinata - March 31, 2010 6:51 p.m.

    Jesus! No mention of Pokémon Adventures? You should be ashamed GR.
  • jakmac - March 31, 2010 3:41 p.m.

    what about modern warfares ghost comics
  • BornToLose3 - March 31, 2010 3:31 p.m.

    God I remember having the Link To The Past Comic, loved it so much. This makes me wanna dig it out and read it all over.
  • Blitztank - March 31, 2010 12:07 p.m.

    Surprised to see that the Doom comic wasn't added here. Just look it up on google and you should find it.
  • Mainman - March 31, 2010 9:39 a.m.

    I have to agree with Tingler about StC; a mix of staff per issue meant a healthy balance of lighthearted/serious stories (but still sensibly simple), it faithfully interpreted the Mega Drive/Genesis games while providing some welcome backstory (Sonic/Robotnik's origin), and the changes it DID make were extremely interesting (Super Sonic is cast as a demonic alter-ego, there's an entire army of Metal Sonics, etc). The bad news is that the later issues were forced to carry increasing amounts of reprints by the publisher (Egmont Fleetway), a practice which killed the publisher and took the comic with it. The good news is that it was so popular, fans have been producing a semi-official webcomic continuation for 7 years, and it's not half bad! http://info.sonicretro.org/Sonic_The_Comic
  • philipshaw - March 31, 2010 9:18 a.m.

    Must check out the MGS comic, the Dead Space comic was cool, it was on the disc of Dead Space: Extraction
  • Guardian88 - March 31, 2010 5:50 a.m.

    hay what about Kingdom hearts? And the other Zelda mangas?
  • Chapmoin - March 31, 2010 5:01 a.m.

    @Darklinkinfinite: I, Tom, the writer of this piece, thank you for your correction and apologize profusely for the oversight. Rest assured the offending writer (again, me) is deeply chagrined.
  • darklinkinfinite - March 31, 2010 4:48 a.m.

    There's a mistake in the Dead Space entry. The direct-to-dvd movie was Dead Space Downfall. Dead Space Extraction was the Wii game, which had its own one-shot comic book tie in by the same people that did the first.
  • The_Tingler - March 31, 2010 4:29 a.m.

    The UK's 'Sonic The Comic' was far superior to the US version. And it occasionally had a side-comic on Chuck D Head from Decap Attack.
  • soren7550 - March 31, 2010 2:26 a.m.

    Surprised to see that Modern Warfare:Ghost didn't make the list. I'm not however surprised to see that Perfect Dark: Janus' Tears wasn't mentioned (seeing as I must be the only person on the face of the planet that has read that & the novels by Greg Rucka, which is a right damn shame because all of them are quite excellent.)

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